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NWEA MAP Testing

Here at HIS, we implement and make use of a set of standardized assessments called the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Two times a year each of our students from Grades 2 through to Grade 9 are assessed in Reading, Mathematics and Language Usage. The MAP assessments are administered by a company called NWEA (North West Evaluation Association) who are based in Oregon, in the U.S. They have been in the assessment business for the past 40 years and have developed "norms" for students at each grade level, which are based on the performance of millions of students, over many years. The MAP Assessments are used by many International Schools across the world.

NWEA Letter to Parents

NWEA Letter to Parents (Chinese)

NWEA Quick Reference

NWEA Parent Toolkit

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find my child's NWEA scores?
NWEA score reports are located in the Portfolio section of ManageBac.  

Portfolio View in ManageBac


What do the colors mean in the line graph? 
Blue is your child’s performance from previous test until now and the dotted line is a growth projection of the next upcoming test. Tests are held in the Fall and Spring of each school year.

Orange is how your child did compared with the Shanghai Community International School District, which is made up of students from Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) Hongqiao, SCIS Pudong, and Hangzhou International School.

Yellow is how your child performed against students in the same grade level in the United States

nwea map example

How is everything connected? 
The Goals Performance section at the bottom show how your child did against students from the United States grade level norm. The range is Low, Low Average (LoAvg), Average (Avg), High Average (HiAvg), and High. The range comes from the Percentile Range on the right. The Percentile Range number in bold is your child’s percentile where 50% is the middle. The line graph comes from the Term/Year RIT scores on the right. A RIT score measures achievement for all students irrespective of grade level.

The Lexile range is a level that helps students choose books at their level. The website help students and parents find books and also to see if a book in hand is at the appropriate difficulty level.

If my child is Low Average or Low in a particular area, what does this mean? Is my child performing below grade level expectations?   
Sometimes students results do show a dip, or a slowing down. This is perfectly normal. At times the testing situation may not have worked for a student on that particular day, they may have lost focus or have other things on their mind. We understand this. The test is just one measure of how they are doing. What we are looking for, is growth overall, over many testing periods.

How can I help my child? 
Logging onto Khan Academy can provide additional support. At HIS, Faculty use more detailed breakdowns of scores to target your child's needs.

After viewing your child's MAP scores and progress over time, you may want to discuss these with Student Support Services their division principal or Student Support Services Coordinator Diana Rehfeldt ( Please feel free to contact the school by either phone 571 8669 0045 or email ( to make a time. We want to make the best use of this important data, to help your child grow and progress.

A Parent's Guide to NWEA