RIT Scores

  • The RIT Scale


    The MAP test will yield a RIT Score. The RIT Scale is a curriculum scale that uses individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. An advantage of the RIT scale is that it can relate the numbers on the scale directly to the difficulty of items on the tests. In addition, the RIT scale is an equal interval scale. Equal interval means that the difference between scores is the same regardless of whether a student is at the top, bottom, or middle of the RIT scale, and it has the same meaning regardless of grade level.

    RIT scales, like scales underlying most educational tests, are built from data about the performance of individual examinees on individual items. The theory governing scale construction is called Item Response Theory (IRT). NWEA uses a specific IRT model conceived by Danish mathematician, Georg Rasch, (1901-1980). Rasch is best known for his contributions to psychometrics, and his model is used extensively in assessment in education, particularly for skill attainment and cognitive assessments.


    Characteristics of the RIT Scale include:

    It is an achievement scale.

    It is an accurate scale.

    It is an equal interval scale.

    It helps to measure growth over time.

    It has the same meaning regardless of grade or age of the student.


    Normative Data and RIT Charts

    Please see the charts below for some Normative Data & RIT Charts

    Normative Data includes the RIT Score norms for different grades. Norms are recalibrated by NWEA every 3 years. 

    RIT Charts are charts for the various subjects that NWEA tests. It shows the score and the typical question the level of difficulty for that particular chart.

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