NWEA™ MAP® Growth™ Tests

MAP Growth K–2—Reading

Quick facts

Grade level K–2
Assessment type Computer adaptive with audio support
Structure Cross-grade
Subjects Reading and language usage
Test time Untimed; approximately 45 minutes per subject
Norm study Nationally normed in 2015
Administration Students test at home; test is administered online
Technical requirements Internet connection and computer, iPad®, or Chromebook® (for complete requirements see Affordabletests.com)


What level student should take this test?

The reading assessment in MAP Growth K–2 is designed for kindergarten through second grade students who are not yet reading independently.

What is a computer adaptive test?

A computer-adaptive test is a method for administering tests that adapt to a student’s performance level. The difficulty of the test tailors itself to the student’s performance. The first question in the test is based on the student’s current performance estimate (either their grade level or a previous MAP test score.) When a student responds correctly, they receive a more difficult question. Similarly, incorrect responses are followed by easier questions. After only a few questions, the test difficulty is close to a student’s true performance level, and a reasonable estimate can be reported in the form of a RIT score.


What is assessed?

Foundational Skills

  • Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print Concepts

Language and Writing

  • Capitalize, Spell, Punctuate
  • Language: Grammar, Usage
  • Writing: Purposes: Plan, Develop, Edit

Literature and Informational

  • Informational Text: Key Ideas, Details, Craft, Structure
  • Literature: Key Ideas, Craft, Structure

Vocabulary Use and Functions

  • Language: Context Clues and References
  • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


How long will it take to receive results?

Clients who test on Monday and Tuesday receive their score reports on Friday of that week.

What is included in the score report?

Percentile rankings and ‘typical of,’ comparing the student’s performance to the norm groups (e.g., first grade, winter), showing how the student compares to their peers, and for what grade/season their performance is typical.

RIT scores for the reading test overall and for the subtopics. Used to track growth over time.

Learning statements, typically 10–15 pages of specific skills the student is ready to learn.

Estimated Lexile* an aid to choosing appropriately challenging reading material.