Using NWEA Domain-Specific RIT Pathways in Imagine Math Grade 3+

Imagine Math Grade 3+ offers NWEA MAP Growth Assessment automated integration that uses student testing data to create personalized Imagine Math Learning pathways for students.  NWEA Custom Learning Pathways use domain-specific RIT score ranges to map to Imagine Math instructional pathway content. Following each MAP assessment that students take throughout the school year, RIT scores automatically adjust each student's grade-level pathway to accurately meet learning needs throughout the academic year.  

 Note

If your student begins using Imagine Math before taking the MAP Growth Math Assessment, Imagine Math Grade 3+ uses your student's previous MAP score (as far back as last semester) to place them. If your student hasn't taken the MAP Growth Math Assessment, they'll start the first lesson in the default pathway for their assigned grade level. Once NWEA MAP scores have been shared, each student’s learning pathway(s) will automatically adjust based on their RIT scores.

Choosing an NWEA Domain-Specific RIT Pathways option

During the Imagine Math Grade 3+ implementation process, Administrators choose from one of three NWEA Domain-Specific RIT Pathway options. These pathways options utilize NWEA MAP Growth assessment results to personalize Imagine Math Grade 3+ student Pathways, providing targeted instruction in areas where students need extra attention. Using the Supplement or Replace options teachers can control the pathways assigned to students in addition to pathways automatically assigned. 

Option Description

Default Option

Once a student's NWEA MAP scores are integrated, a grade-level pathway is automatically personalized to provide targeted instruction for each student. Teachers can also manually assign additional domain-specific RIT pathways. This option assigns a default grade-level pathway, so each student receives the appropriate NWEA content.

This option only inserts lessons below a student's rostered grade level based on their assessment results. Students cannot skip lessons; in order to advance they have to pass the lesson pre-test. 

Imagine Learning recommends this option for:

  • Schools or districts that do not a lot of experience with Imagine Learning and/or NWEA. 
  • Schools or districts that want less of a hands-on approach. 
  • When a single default grade-level pathway is desired. This can help eliminate any confusion associated if multiple pathways are assigned. 

 Note

Students may repeat lessons since both the grade-level pathway and NWEA pathways draw from the same pool of lessons in Imagine Math Grade 3+.

Supplement Option

Students are enrolled in their personalized grade-level pathway, and then automatically assigned "supplemental" Domain Specific RIT Pathways to provide targeted support based on their MAP performance. This allows educators to have students focus on:

  1. The pathway with the lowest RIT range first; this is likely the area they need the most attention to get up to grade-level proficiency.

  2. The pathway most relevant to skills/concepts they have learned in their core Math classroom.

  3. The default grade-level pathway in order to get a comprehensive experience for on-grade level lessons/materials expected of the student to master by the end of the year.

The Supplemental option is similar to the Default option in the following ways:

  • Students take the NWEA Map Growth Assessment. 
  • They get a default pathway based on their rostered grade level. 
  • They get an instructional grade level based on their overall RIT score from the NWEA Assessment. 

Differences from the Default Option:

  • This option uses student RIT scores from NWEA assessments, allowing you to hyper-focus on domains where the student needs help. For example, if a 5th grade student is performing at grade level in one domain, but above grade level in another they can automatically receive varying levels of lessons focused on content that is catered to them based on their test results. Since all of the NWEA pathways are labelled with RIT score ranges, a teacher can also manually choose pathways for the student based on their performance.  
  • Students can be assigned domain pathways that are above their grade level.

 Note

Students may repeat lessons since both the grade level pathway and NWEA pathways draw from the same pool of lessons in Imagine Math Grade 3+.

Imagine Learning recommends this option for:

  • Teachers and administrators who have experience with Imagine Math and NWEA, as this option can involve multiple pathways. 
  • Schools or districts that need targeted focus on certain subject areas. 
  • Schools and districts that want to personalize the content for their students above what they receive in with the default option. For example, one week students can focus on their default pathway, but another week can be used to focus on a supplemental pathway.  

For more information on completing a student's pathway, refer to Assigning an Imagine Math Grade 3+ Learning Pathway to students.

Replace Option

Students are automatically assigned to domain-specific RIT pathways based on their NWEA MAP performance. These RIT pathways "replace" their grade level pathway and deliver content in each of the 4 domains based on their NWEA MAP assessment performance in each domain. Any student data from the removed pathways is preserved.  Teachers can also manually assign additional domain-specific RIT pathways. This option personalizes a pathway, so students receive targeted instruction on skills that the NWEA Growth Assessment has identified as an area where the student needs extra attention.

The Replace option is similar to the Default option in the following ways:

  • Students take the NWEA Map Growth Assessment. 
  • The assessment is used to determine an instructional grade level.

Differences from the Default Option:

  • Default pathways are removed. 
  • Domain pathways based on RIT scores are selected by the student with recommendation from the educator. 
  • Students can be assigned domain pathways that are above their grade level. 

 Caution

In some cases, students may not receive enough lessons in their pathway to reach the "Think 30!" goal.  In this case, teachers should assign additional pathways to allow the student to reach their "Think 30!" goal.

Imagine Learning recommends this option for:

  • Underperforming schools or districts. 
  • Schools or districts that want students to focus on the RIT-specific domain level pathways. 
  • Students that need added attention and instruction without the distraction of the grade level expectancy pathway. 

For more information on completing a student's pathway, refer to Assigning an Imagine Math Grade 3+ Learning Pathway to students.