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Northwest Evaluation Association; a standardized test

RIT score

a number scale developed by NWEA that uses the individual item difficulty values to estimate student achievement. To test out of reading class, 9th graders must have a RIT score of 218 or higher in the fall testing. 10th graders must have a RIT score of 221 or higher in the fall testing.

Percentile rank (%ile)

a number that tells where your rank falls out of 100 others. Example: if you fall in the 24th percentile, it means that out of 100 students, 23 students scored less that you and 74 scored higher

lexile level

a number that helps identify reading material that is at an appropriate difficulty level for individual
students. A number that will help you know how easy or hard a text is to read


words that you may or may not know the meaning of



literary texts

stories based on characters, themes, plot and setting

informational texts

a text that is factual or written to teach something; usually nonfiction

persuasive texts

text that is written to convince or persuade the reader of something

target growth

on the NWEA it is the RIT score goal you want to achieve over a period of time


numbers that provide a framework of reference for test scores. The fall median RIT score norm for 10th grade is 226, for 9th grade it is 222.

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