Student Profile Report

New—You can jump straight to a specific student using the Student Quick Search.



Brings together the data you need to advise each student and support his or her growth, including learning paths and growth goals.

Applicable Tests MAP Growth and MAP Growth K‑2. (Not Screening tests.)
Intended Audience

Instructional coach, teacher, counselor

Required Roles

Instructor, Administrator, or District Assessment Coordinator

Date Limits

All years prior, for tests completed within your test window range (set under Manage Terms)

Top 5 Benefits

Basic Usage

As you get started, follow these tips.

  • Browser recommendation—Avoid using Internet Explorer and Safari 8, because of slow performance. Chrome performs the best. If needed, try clicking refresh: .
  • Prerequisite — Your school or district should have correctly set the Weeks of Instruction between testing, under MAP preferences. This setting specifies the average amount of instruction your students received, so it determines how they align to students in the NWEA norms study.
  • Access — As soon as you log in, you can click the report image on the homepage. Or, to jump straight to a specific student, open View Reports > MAP Reports, and use the Student Quick Search.

  • View Prior Test Data— You can choose prior terms from the menu at top:

    The default—Most Recent—means the most recent term with test data, which could differ for each subject. To alert you when the most recent score comes from a prior term, an asterisk appears next to the subject score.

  • Change Student, Class, or Term Rostered— There are various ways to switch to a different student:

  • Percentile colors — Wherever you see color coding, it indicates the percentile (a percentage-based ranking) of the achievement your student reached. It compares your student to students in the NWEA norms study from the same grade and with the same weeks of instruction between testing (as specified in your MAP preferences).

  • Give Feedback — Is anything unclear? Do you wish for another feature? Click the Feedback button near the bottom.

    Note: If you close (X) the Feedback button, it disappears temporarily on your particular computer. It reappears in 24 hours.


For parent conferences and other meetings, you can quickly prepare printed reports for all students or a selection. While viewing any student in the Student Profile report, click Print and Share, and then Batch PDF:

There are many choices you can explore, including which students to print: 

Caution: Under Pages, the Instructional Areas option uses a large amount of paper. For each student, it prints all of the "ready to DEVELOP" learning statements in all areas.


Subject Scores

The overall RIT score appears in each subject tab, along with important test details to qualify this test result:

Standard Error and Possible range—Shows an estimate of the measurement precision. If retested soon after, the student's score would be within this range most of the time.

Minutes—Total duration that the student took to complete testing. Notice if the duration changes unusually compared to other terms, because it could qualify your insights.

Percentage and Impact of Disengaged Responses—A response is disengaged when a student rapidly guesses faster than it takes to actually view the whole question, and well below the average response time measured by NWEA for each test question. If N/A appears, it means no rapid guessing was detected for that test.

The Estimated Impact shows how many RIT points higher the student might have scored. For example, with a RIT score of 210 and an Estimated Impact of –3, it means the student might have scored 213 if fully engaged during testing.

Excessive Disengagement—If 30% or more of all test questions are marked as disengaged, then the entire test score becomes invalid automatically. It is not trustworthy for growth measures, and so it does not appear in the Student Profile report. However, it will appear on the Class, Grade, and Student Progress reports, in addition to data exports. See Invalid and Growth Test Results.

Highlight Recommendations

In the Highlights section, you can review a summary and recommendations for the most recent test results (if needed, change the Term to Most Recent):

This information also appears in the printed report as part of the profile overview page.


The Comparisons section enables you to put the MAP Growth score into a meaningful context. You can connect the student’s score with other measures to answer various questions:

  • How well is my student growing?
  • How will my student perform on state or college exams?
  • What reading level does my student need?

To see the full view, click the expansion arrows:

Growth Examples

Consider a student who does well in math, but not reading. There could be more to the story when you compare the Achievement to Growth.

High Growth—Although the student’s reading Achievement score was below average for reading, you could offer encouragement by focusing on the above-average growth shown. With continued growth, this student can catch up with peers.


Low Growth—After congratulating this student on a great Achievement score for math, you could ask about the below-average growth and suggest more challenges to keep the student growing to potential.

Growth Details

For a closer look into growth calculations, refer to the following measurements in the expanded view:

Conditional Growth Index—This statistic underlies the Growth Percentile (see the following explanation video). It relates your student’s growth to matching peers in the NWEA norms study. Matching peers are students in the same grade with the same prior RIT score and the same weeks of instruction between testing (as specified in your MAP Growth preferences).

A value of zero (0) corresponds to the mean (typical) growth, indicating that growth exactly matched projections. Values above zero indicate growth that exceeded projections, and values below zero indicate growth below projections.

Projected Growth—Shows the number of RIT points your student was expected to grow between the Comparison Period, based on the growth of matching peers in the NWEA norms study.

Observed Growth—Shows the actual RIT point difference between the start and end term of the Comparison Period. Comparing Observed and Projected Growth provides a simple confirmation of the other growth insights.

Conditional Growth Explanation

Projection Details

The projections for state and college exams have some qualifications:

  • There are no projections available from summer test results.
  • Which state and college projections appear depends on the state alignment that your district selected during MAP implementation.
  • If your state does not have a specific NWEA linking study, generic projections developed by NWEA appear on the report.
  • Depending on the state, projections could be limited to certain subjects (typically reading and math) and certain grades (typically 2 through 8).
    • College readiness projections are limited to grades 5 through 10.
  • To make projections, the report follows these steps:
    • Uses NWEA norms to estimate growth to the term when the state or college assessment typically occurs.
    • Uses the NWEA linking study to correlate that projected RIT score to an estimated proficiency.
  • ACT College Readiness—The "On Track 24" projection is the highest benchmark. It is based on a more stringent ACT cut score of 24, instead of 22.


Instructional Areas and Learning Paths

In the Instructional Areas section, you can see the component parts of the assessment, and then get details you need to develop a personalized learning path for your student. Lower scores appear near the top, so you can suggest where to focus efforts, and higher scores appear near the bottom, so you can celebrate your student’s strengths.

Note: Also known as "goal performance scores" elsewhere in MAP, these scores appear on existing reports, such as: Class, Student Progress, Grade, Achievement Status and Growth, and others. Key differences:

  • Range of scores—Instead of a range representing the Standard Error, only the middle score of that range appears here. However, you can see the +/- Standard Error when you click an instructional area to open the details.
  • Low / High percentiles—Instead of comparing scores to NWEA norms, the scores are compared to the overall score and, in some cases, designated "Area of Focus" or "Relative Strength."

About Suggested Area of Focus / Relative Strength

You may see some areas labeled Relative Strength or Suggested Area of Focus. These labels help you pinpoint how the student performed relative to the subject overall. Here is how the report designates each area:

  • Takes the difference between the instructional area score and subject score
  • Adjusts for the Standard Error in both scores:

    • If the adjusted difference is positive—area labeled Relative Strength
    • If the adjusted difference is negative—area labeled Suggested Area of Focus

    • If the difference is within the Standard Error—no label
    Where is the Standard Error shown?—For the subject, look in the main tab. For an instructional area, open the detailed, expanded view.


Tips for Personalized Learning Paths

Click any instructional area to see related learning statements and standards, which you can use to create a learning path for your student. (These are the same learning statements available from the Learning Continuum .)

Note: The appearance of a learning statement does not necessarily mean your student received questions about that skill or concept. However, statistically a student's RIT score does predict the applicability of learning statements.

Quick Find:

Use the Filters to pinpoint a specific topic or standard:

Reinforce / Develop / Introduce:

On the top right, choose which level of learning statements will help your student:

  • Reinforce—Statements that will help you connect what the student already knows to new learning.

  • Develop—Statements that your student is ready to learn now.
  • Introduce—Statements that will help when your student is ready for more challenge.

Repeated statements—If you see learning statements repeated, they will appear in gray font color. It means the same concept applies in both areas, but at increasing levels of complexity. For example, with reading you might use increasingly longer text passages and words to develop the same skill:

Standards View:

Use the following options to see applicable state standards.

Common questions:


Assignments for Strands and Skills

If your school uses MAP Skills™, you can easily set up assignments while you view the Student Profile MAP results:

As shown in this example, Geometry is a Suggested Area of Focus, so you can click the STRANDS TESTED link to see which strands apply to Geometry. You can then click ASSIGN LOCATOR, and the MAP Skills Assignment tab appears with all the applicable settings chosen automatically:

When finished, close the separate MAP Skills window.

Note: To track the assignment, open MAP Skills directly so you can see the status of the mission.

Growth Over Time

At the bottom of the page, you can see all historical, longitudinal data for a student:

To see further back:

Scroll up and change the Term menu, above the student name. If you choose Most Recent, the graph orients around the current calendar term.

Definitions for Growth Over Time:

  See also: Percentile Colors
  • Goal—If you have set future growth goals in the Growth Goals section, they appear here. If not, no goals appear on the graph. For prior terms, it is a gauge of how well your student met the goals you set together. For future terms, it helps to show the direction you have set.
  • Projected Score—This projection is based on your student's actual RIT score in a prior term, plus the typical RIT growth of matching peers within the NWEA norms study. Matching peers have the same prior RIT score, as well as the same grade and weeks of instruction between testing (as specified in your MAP Growth preferences). Using matching peers provides a fair comparison, so it is reasonable for your student to meet the projection and even grow beyond it.

  • Average Achievement—Shows the average score (50th percentile) for all applicable students within the NWEA norms study. Students within the norms study have the same grade and weeks of instruction between testing (as specified in your MAP Growth preferences).
  • District Grade Level Mean—Shows the average score for students within your district who were in the same grade and who tested in the same term.

    If it doesn't appear in a given term, the district testing window is not yet closed. Contact a team leader to close the testing window, and then wait for overnight processing.

  • Linking Study (Cut Scores)—If applicable, you can see your student's projected performance on state or college readiness assessments. Bars showing the cut scores are hidden by default, so use the check box on the right to display it.

  • Gray background—When there is no data, a gray background appears. Examples include: no completed test event, student not enrolled, or no norms study (12th grade and 11-12th grade Science).


Growth Goals

For an upcoming term, you can create a growth or performance target for each student. Later, return to see if the student met the goal.

  1. From the main Student Profile page, click the expansion arrows:

  2. Consider the Tips for Setting Growth Goals (below).
  3. Set a goal by making an entry, and then clicking outside the box:

    Use any of the goal numbers—the other numbers adjust to match your entry.

    Note: The RIT Growth and Growth Percentile entries are not available if there is no recent test score to form the basis of growth.

  4. As a best practice, type an Action Plan in the box provided so that you and your student can review it later.

    Note: Currently, you cannot edit the Action Plan. However, you can overwrite the entire goal at any time.

  5. Click Set Goals to save your change.

    After a moment, the goal appears in a row at the top. If needed, you can delete it, or overwrite it by setting a new goal.

Tips for Setting Growth Goals

General assumption: Your school or district has correctly set the Weeks of Instruction between testing, under MAP preferences. It forms the basis for much of the percentiles and projections shown.

For background information on growth, see: Growth Insights.

  1. Strike a balance: 
    • Challenge your student—To advance academically, students should strive to go beyond the typical scores.
    • Be realistic—Consider past performance so the goal fits your student's capabilities.
  2. How many RIT Growth points are reasonable?
    • By default, growth is set to the Projected Growth, if available. This growth projection is personalized to your student, because it is based on matching peers from NWEA norms (same prior RIT score, grade, and weeks of instruction between testing).
      • Using matching peers provides a fair comparison, because students with high starting achievement generally do not grow as much as students with low achievement.
      • Projected Growth is the mid-point for these peers (half grew more and half grew less).
    • This score is an initial suggestion—you might target above or below it, depending on other considerations.
    • In contrast, the Average Achievement (bottom left) shows you how all students typically perform within the same grade and same weeks of instruction between testing. It is simply the average score (50th percentile) for the target term.
  3. Which of the percentile bands (rainbow colors) should your student target?
    • Percentiles compare your student to students in the NWEA norms study from the same grade and with the same weeks of instruction between testing.
    • For example, suppose your student is hovering just below the orange percentile band, and you want to encourage her to reach the next band. Try setting Achievement Percentile to the low 40's, which is the cut-off for that percentile.

    • Next, consider Growth Percentile, if available. It shows the level of growth your student would have to reach in order to reach the Achievement Percentile. Higher growth numbers mean a greater challenge.

      How Growth Percentile is Calculated—This measurement ranks each student's growth among the levels of growth observed across all matching peers within the NWEA norms study (same prior RIT score, grade, and weeks of instruction between testing).

      The statistical calculation comes from the Conditional Growth Index. A value of zero (0) corresponds to the mean (typical) growth. Values above zero indicate growth above average, and values below zero indicate growth below average.

  4. If available, consider the growth needed to reach an ideal cut score on state or college assessments. Bars showing the cut scores are hidden by default, so select one, or both, below the graph:


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