Understanding NWEA Scores

What is NWEA?

NWEA is a set of adaptive assessments given to all students in Armada Area Schools in the Fall, Winter, and Spring of each year. Students typically take the NWEA in Reading, Math, Language Use, and Science.

Why do we administer the NWEA?

The NWEA assessments provide teachers, students, and parents with specific data on student achievement and progress. The assessments allow teachers to personalize instruction and help students achieve growth.

What is a RIT score?

A RIT score is the score that measures student performance. With each completion of an NWEA assessment (Reading, Math, Language Use, and/or Science), a student receives a RIT score.

What is a RIT percentile score?

The RIT percentile score shows where your student falls when compared nationally. For example, if your student scores in the 70th percentile in Math, your student is outperforming 70% of his/her peers. In other words, if 100 students were testing, your student is scoring better than 70 students.

What do I need to know as a parent?

We regularly use NWEA assessment data to help personalize instruction for your student. We rely on these assessments to provide us with valuable information. We ask that you encourage your student to do his/her best on the NWEA assessments and have discussions with your student about how he/she performed. In addition, feel free to ask your student’s teacher(s) about NWEA scores and where your student’s areas of strength or growth may be. It is through partnering together that our students will have the most success!

You can learn more about NWEA by visiting www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/