New app expands assessment options for students, schools

March 17th, 2016

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App aims to increase schools’ ability to administer measures of academic progress assessments in K-8 classrooms

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) launched a new iPad app to enable students to take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) assessments using touchscreen technology.

The app will provide an experience for primary grade children, as at this age they are better with touch devices than a traditional keyboard and mouse.

“We’ve received over a thousand requests from teachers and administrators to create an iPad app that allows students to take assessments on touchscreen devices, particularly for younger kids who are most comfortable using this type of technology,” said Matt Chapman, CEO of NWEA. “We believe this new app will enhance both the student and teacher experience with assessments by enabling test taking by touch.”

The introduction of iPad accessibility adds to the student-centered, efficient design of MAP and MPG assessments. Both MAP and MPG are computer adaptive assessments, which adjust on a question-by-question basis to each student’s learning level. As students answer questions correctly, they receive more challenging questions related to the state standards.

Should a student answer a question incorrectly, he or she will get an easier question aligned to the state
standards. A typical MAP assessment is completed by most students in an hour, and teachers receive immediate results about student’s achievement, growth and areas for further learning to inform instruction.

When taking MAP or MPG on an iPad device, the experience will be similar to taking the test on a desktop or laptop computer. The computer adaptive nature of the assessments will remain the same. The app, called MAP Testing, is now available for free to download in the Apple App Store and can be accessed on NWEA’s website.

For more information about NWEA’s assessment products, visit

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