Elementary (K-8) Assessment

Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools use standardized tests to measure how well students master the concepts and skills being taught. These assessment tools also compare our students’ scores to others across the country.

We use a computerized assessment tool that offers distinct advantages for teachers, parents, administrators and students—including students with special needs.

NWEA MAP Growth Knowledge Assessment

  • A computer-adaptive test
  • Provides a personalized assessment experience
  • Offered in English and Spanish
  • MAP Growth assessment results are immediate, helping teachers to identify strength and growth opportunities for each child
  • Produces easy-to-read, detailed reports
  • Records progress over time, allowing teachers to monitor student growth on a learning continuum to aid in making decisions about tutoring, enrichment and remediation programs that may benefit each student
  • The Faith Knowledge Assessment is annually administered, measuring a child’s knowledge of the concepts and principles of the Catholic faith taught in our daily religion classes.


Reporting to Parents

Parents receive testing reports in a clear and simple format. The information includes:

  • Ranking with peers in a national norm group
  • Ability independent of grade level
  • Projected performance on grade level performance standards
  • MAP Growth uses a RIT scale to accurately measure what students know, regardless of the grade level
  • Level of reading on the Lexile Scale that helps students select appropriate books at libraries and other bookstores

Family Guide to MAP Growth