Growth and Norms

As you use MAP Growth data, refer to these common questions.

And to inform your educational decisions, use the resources under 2020 Norms resources.

Overview of MAP Growth data


By using MAP Growth tests, your schools can gain insight into the growth of all students. What makes it possible is the NWEA MAP Growth norms study, which is representative of schools across the nation. NWEA norms enable you to compare student achievement in a single term (i.e., achievement norms) as well as across terms (i.e., growth norms):

Use growth norms to:

  1. project the amount of growth that is typical for similar students
  2. set appropriate growth targets, based on the projection
  3. evaluate the observed growth in a subsequent term

Student-level growth

School and district growth

2020 Norms resources

Consult the following documents to give you insight into your MAP Growth test results.

CAUTION: You may notice discrepancies between your MAP Growth reports and the figures published in these norms resources, depending on your Weeks of Instruction between testing. Your Weeks of Instruction (a setting in your MAP preferences) may differ from the default. As a result, percentile rankings and growth projections will adjust on your MAP reports to more precisely reflect your students' amount of instruction. In contrast, these norms resources assume the default weeks of instruction (Fall = 4 weeks, Winter = 20 weeks, Spring = 32 weeks).



2020 MAP Normative Data Overview

(Overview with status and growth charts)


2020 Norms Introduction and FAQ

(Key updates and frequent questions)


2020 Comparative Data

(Charts showing achievement ranges and college readiness benchmarks)


Spanish Reading Tests Norms Overview

(Overview with status and growth charts)


Research Studies

2020 Norms Study

(Detailed research study)


2020 Norms Detail Tables

(Excerpted norms tables from full study)


Standards Alignment

(Studies linking your state's test with MAP)


MAP College Readiness Benchmarks

(Research brief, including ACT® readiness)


Achievement Status and Growth (ASG) and School Norms Calculator

(Tool to estimate hypothetical growth scenarios)


Average Test Durations

(Typical test times per subject, term, and grade)


Achievement and Growth Tables for Private Schools, Public Charters, and Other Specialty School Groups

Interactive tool to provide context on the typical patterns of achievement and growth in math, reading, language usage, and science for private, charter, and specialty school groups



Guidance for Administering MAP Growth

(How to improve accuracy and integrity of assessments)

Course-Specific Norms

For students who take course-specific tests, you can find growth percentiles and projections in the following resources:

Norms Overview for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry

(Overview with status and growth charts)


Norms Overview for Integrated Math I, II, and III

(Overview with status
and growth charts)

Norms Overview for Life Science / Biology

(Overview with status
and growth charts)


2022 Course-Specific Norms Study

(Detailed research study)

2022 Course-Specific Norms Tables

(Tables are in Excel® format)