DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning is provided by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) as part of their MAP assessment sytstem.

DesCartes is most useful when students are taking NWEA's MAP assessments. However, NWEA created our original ISAT tests, with student results measured on the RIT scale. Because the current version of ISAT also reports student results as RIT scores, and because both tests are based on state standards, we can continue to use DesCartes with scores from the current version of the ISAT.

 

DesCartes: A Contiuum of Learning

DesCartes is a resource designed to make it easier to use MAP scores to improve classroom instruction for all students.

DesCartes makes connections between specific skills and RIT scores to identify what students are ready to learn and to guide instructional planning.

DesCartes is structured by goal areas (such as Literal Comprehension for Reading and Geometry for Math) which are organized based on state standards.

Each column in DesCartes includes the skills within a block of 10 RIT points. If a student has a RIT score of 205, then the skills within the 201-210 block are the skills that student is ready to work on in class right now.

Sample from DesCartes:
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DesCartes can be used for:

 

To Access DesCartes:

View DesCartes by Test, Goal Area, and RIT Range:

 

View DesCartes for a Student or Group of Students:

* DesCartes can be accessed directly from the students' RIT score reports, making it even easier to match skills to students and to organize flexible grouping and differentiated assignments.

 

Additional Resources:
(Available after logging into NWEA's Report site)

 

 

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