“Academic excellence” is one of three major components of the Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran School Mission along with ‘spiritual growth’ and ‘social development’.
Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran School is known for providing students the opportunity to achieve academic excellence. Our caring teachers and staff are dedicated to meeting students at their skill level, then assisting them to achieve academic growth to the best of their ability.
Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran School’s graduates are well prepared for the academic challenges of high school. It is common for graduates to hear from high school teachers that: ‘We can always tell which students attended Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran School by their academic ability, study habits and excellent behavior’.
Click the links below to view how our students score on tests that show our National Percentile Ranking in the areas of Math, Reading, and Language Arts along with a our students’ grade equivalent compared to the national average. The following information will help you better interpret and understand the test scores.
How are NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) scores calculated? What are RIT scores?
To calculate MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment scores, NWEA uses the RIT, or Rasch unIT scale. This scale measures the value of a student’s score in relation to his or her scores on previous tests. Each RIT score indicates a point on a continuous scale of learning. These NWEA scores are not to be interpreted as target scores, but rather as benchmarks of a student’s academic skill level over a given period of time. Questions on the MAP receive their RIT values after being tested on thousands of students across the United States. Responses to items throughout a student’s test are used to produce the final RIT score for that student.
The numerical (RIT) value given to a student predicts that at that specific difficulty level, a student is likely to answer about 50% of the questions correctly. Results are scored across an even interval scale, meaning that the difference between scores remains consistent regardless of whether a student scores high or low. It also means that grade level is not a factor. Since the MAP test is taken on a computer, once the child finishes the test, scores are immediately available.
What Does RIT Mean
MAP Growth uses the RIT (Rasch Unit) scale to help you measure and compare academic growth. Specifically, the scale measures levels in academic difficulty. The RIT scale extends equally across all grades, making it possible to compare a student’s score at various points throughout his or her education.
A specific RIT score represents the difficulty level of questions that a student can answer correctly about half the time. That difficulty level is the point where a student is ready to learn, because he or she is between knowing and not knowing the answer.
How Are RIT Scores Used?
RIT scores are used to track your child’s progress over a period of time. The scores are not meant to be used as a tool of comparison between students, nor are the scores used as an indication of course achievement. MAP scoring is a means of representing your child’s academic skill set.
How Should My Child Progress over Time?
RIT scores are expected to increase over time. Scores of students in lower grades tend to increase more quickly than those of students in higher grades due to the increased level of difficulty of the higher grade-level tests. RIT scores generally range between 140 and 300. In third grade, students usually score anywhere between 140 and 190, and in higher grade levels they may progress to a score between 240 and 300.