FAQ

What assessment is used?

The NWEA MAP Growth Assessment is a computer adaptive test—which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. The purpose of MAP Growth is to determine what the student knows and is ready to learn next. MAP Growth can track students’ individual growth over time – wherever they are starting from and regardless of the grade they are in. 


How long does the assessment take?

Most students take less than an hour to complete a MAP Growth test. However, MAP Growth is not timed, and students may take as much time as they need to complete it.


What is a RIT Score

When students finish their MAP Growth test, they receive a number called a RIT score for both the reading and math assessment. This score represents a student’s achievement level at any given moment and helps measure their academic growth over time. Like marking height on a growth chart, and being able to see how tall your child is at various points in time, you can also see how much they have grown between tests.


How often will my child take the MAP Growth test?

At Mastery Genius, we offer as flexible of timeline as possible meaning your student can take the test at any time. However, based on our experience with the learning software and learning-assessment cycle, students testing too often will not give themselves the opportunity to learn new material. For best results, students should take the MAP Growth Assessment once they have completed their Pathblazer learning assignments. After the assessment, their Pathblazer assignment will regenerate with completely new material, allowing your student to continue growing!


Can MAP Growth tell me if my child is working at grade level?

Just as a doctor has a chart indicating the most common heights and weights of people at certain ages, NWEA has put together charts showing the median RIT scores for students at various grade levels. NWEA researchers examined the scores of millions of students to find the average scores for students in various grades. After the assessment, you will be able to see your child’s percentile ranking as compared to other students in their grade at specific times of the academic year.


What does NWEA do with my child’s information? Is it secure?

NWEA uses technological and operational measures to ensure security and privacy. A few of these include: regular security audits and monitoring, technological controls, physical access controls, and privacy training for employees.


What is Pathblazer?

Pathblazer is a personalized intervention program that provides supplemental online instruction with fun, motivating content that builds foundational skills in math and ELA. Pathblazer immediately identifies where students are struggling and provides the targeted instruction they need to close early learning gaps. The enjoyable instruction in math and reading helps learners engage, keeping their attention, and accelerating them to grade level and beyond!. 


How does my student log in to Pathblazer

Your student can log in to the Pathblazer adaptive learning software at https://www.thelearningodyssey.com/. (We recommend setting this as a bookmark)


How does Pathblazer ensure mastery of learning?

Pathblazer uses a variety of instructional and assessment methods to determine if your student has mastered a skill. For most standards, a student will work through instruction, supported practice, independent practice, and then a quiz. Based on your student’s quiz performance s/he will either move on or return to the instruction. To prove mastery of a skill, a student must score at least an 80% on quizzes or other assessments. Pathblazer assignments are paced, meaning that your student will work through lessons in order to ensure skills are learned in a way that makes growth far more likely.


Will my student ever have to repeat any assignments?

When a student takes the MAP Growth assessment after completing their Pathblazer assignment, the software will measure their growth in different domains such as operations, measurement, and geometry for math. If a student scores in the same range, the adaptive learning software will not repeat any previously assigned tasks. Rather, it will provide continued support for that specific skill while advancing any other skills the student has shown growth in.


How often should my student work in Pathblazer?

A student who works on Pathblazer consistently will see the best results. Whether that’s thirty minutes every day or one hour every other day, a student who commits to working on Pathblazer consistently, will have the best chance of growing academically, building confidence, and enjoying learning. We do recommend that students work on Pathblazer at least 4 times per week for best results.

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