August 27, 2019 

Dear St. Joe Parent: 

St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, in accordance with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, will be administering a new standardized test, NWEA, beginning September 2019. Below you will find information relating to the NWEA MAP Assessments. 

NWEA Map Assessments

What is NWEA? NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization located in Portland, Oregon. NWEA partners with over 3,500 educational organizations worldwide to provide research-based adaptive assessments, professional development, and research services. NWEA’s mission is partnering to help all kids learn. As a result of NWEA tests, educators can make informed decisions to promote your child’s academic growth. 

What is the MAP? NWEA’s assessments are called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®). When taking these computerized adaptive tests, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. 

What subjects does MAP assess? 9th and 10th graders at St. Joseph High School will take the MAP tests in Reading, Language Usage, and Math.

Do all students in the same grade take the same test? No. MAP® assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in mathematics, reading, and language usage. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. 

When will my child be tested and how often? Districts typically test students at the beginning of the school year in fall and at the end of the school year in spring. Some districts may also choose to test students in winter and summer. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has opted for three testing windows.

Testing Windows 

  • September 9-27, 2019 
  • February 3-21, 2020 
  • May 4-22, 2020 

When and how do I get my child’s results? SJHS will have results after all students have taken the tests.  Results will be mailed home or emailed to each family. 

How to read the MAP report? Please visit for more information. 

What are MAP assessments used for?  MAP® assessments are used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your child’s progress by the RIT scale (Rasch unit). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child’s academic growth from year to year. 

How do teachers use the test scores? MAP®  tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills.  They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas.  Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. 


Questions?  Please contact Amanda Webb at and/or Karen Appell at 

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