MAP is used as the initial assessment towards gifted identification for students in grades K-10. The assessment is also administered two additional times during the school year as a progress monitoring tool. MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly. MAP results are provided as a numerical RIT score. This score is used to measure a student’s achievement level at different times of the school year and compute growth. Think of this like marking height on a growth chart. You can tell how tall your child is at various points in time and how much they have grown between one time and another. It is a very useful tool for teachers and administrators to understand which areas students have mastered, and where they could use more focus.