A Parent's Guide To CoGat and Map Testing
NWEA MAP Testing
What is Map Testing and why are we using it?
· NWEA = Northwest Education Association
· MAP = Measures of Academic Progress
· Computer-based and Common Core aligned
· Provides detailed information a child’s specific skill levels in reading and math
· Given once time per year in the Spring to monitor student progress
· Results are reported using a RIT scale (see below)
What is the RIT Scale?
· Named after its creator Danish Mathematician Georg Rach (Rasch unIT)
· Equal interval, normative, growth scale (like measurements of height)
· Easily provides a measurement of growth over time (numbers should always go up)
How do I Interpret my child’s results?
· Use the bold number in your child’s RIT range to gain understanding through comparables
1. District Grade Level RIT- average/mean for all district students from this round of testing
2. Norm Grade Level RIT- average/mean from NWEA’s national normative studies
· Student RIT projection- approximation of how your child may perform in the next testing round
· Remember this is one assessment! It is important to see this as a gauge with which to compare other indicators of your child’s skill level.
· The Lexile Range is one indication of your child’s independent reading level. However, comprehension is heavily influenced by your child’s interest and background knowledge. It is not best practice to base a child’s reading level on one test score. Therefore, teachers use this as a guide to measure a student’s reading skills in an independent setting in conjunction with other assessments and observational data.
What is CoGat Testing?
· Measures a child’s cognitive ability (reasoning and critical thinking)
· Approximately 60 min
· Pencil and paper test
What is Cognitive Ability?
· Brain-based skills we use to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex
· Mechanisms of how we learn, remember, and problem-solve
· Gives one indicator of potential, not performance/academic knowledge
When is CoGat given?
· All Tewksbury students in grades 1-8 were given the test in August 2014
· Subsequent testing will be given annually to students in grades 1, 2 and 5
Why is CoGat given?
· CoGat screener helps identify students who may be in need of advanced intellectual challenges (gifted programming/Project Aspire)
How do I interpret my child’s results?
· Age-based versus grade-based - we use age-based norms instead of grade-based norms to identify natural ability thereby eliminating the variable of early/late enrollment in school and/or retention
· National Percentiles - identifies the percentage of a student’s age group that a student’s score surpassed
· Stanine- an interval scale showing the average distribution of a set of scores
o Students with a stanine of 8 and 9 may qualify for Project Aspire
The 5 most important things to know about CoGat:
1. CoGat is used only as a screener for Project Aspire; it is the most widely used assessment screener for gifted programming;2. It is not an IQ test, but similar in concept;
3. In the lower grades the variables of school readiness and test taking skills impact results to a greater extent, therefore students will be reassessed in grades 2 and 5;
4. CoGat testing does not measure specific intelligences or accelerated learning content/skill areas.
5. CoGat is not used for placement in accelerated Math or ELA.