Same day test results: RIT Score & Range


When your child finishes testing, the screen will show you their RIT score and range. Here is some information to help you interpret this information.

You will see something like this:

The overall score is your child’s RIT score for this subject. RIT stands for Rausch Unit Scale, and it is a grade-independent measure of academic performance. Each subject has its own RIT scale, and RIT scores can be used to find the learning topics in child’s zone of proximal development (aka instructional level). This table shows average scores for each grade and season:

(Ref: 2015 NWEA Measures of Academic Progress
Normative Data.

The goal scores and ranges have been named in a way that can be confusing. These are your child’s subscores, and neither the “goal score” nor the “goal range” show what your child ought to have scored. NWEA uses the word “goal” to mean “subtopic”. The “goal score” is your child’s score in the subtopic, and the “goal range” is an indication of how accurate the measurement is for that subtopic. A smaller range means that your child’s performance in the subtopic was very consistent, and a larger range means it was less consistent. Sometimes a very large range is an indication that the student is approaching the ceiling of the test, and a higher level of the test might give more accurate and useful results.