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  • Testing Duration: How Long is Too Long to Spend on the MAP Growth Assessment?

    Testing Duration: How Long is Too Long to Spend on the MAP Growth Assessment?

    As fall is in full swing, and most schools and districts are either testing or starting to view results, we thought it was timely to share some... Continue Reading The post Testing Duration: How...

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  • Measuring Early Reading: Why Anchor Standards and Foundational Skills are Both Important

    Measuring Early Reading: Why Anchor Standards and Foundational Skills are Both Important

    Maybe it’s because my son has now reached my own height (which is insane). I find myself staring now and then at the doorway out of my... Continue Reading The post Measuring Early Reading: Why...

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  • 3 Reasons to Observe Your Students Taking MAP Growth

    3 Reasons to Observe Your Students Taking MAP Growth

    My fifth graders were busily taking the MAP® Growth™ Math assessment. The room was quiet. While the proctor sat at her desk monitoring testing, I walked around... Continue Reading The post 3...

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  • Why NWEA Invalidates MAP Growth Tests for Rapid Guessing

    Why NWEA Invalidates MAP Growth Tests for Rapid Guessing

    If you have started MAP Growth testing this fall, you saw that more student assessments are being invalidated this year than in prior years. You may also... Continue Reading The post Why NWEA...

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  • Trying on Formative Assessment in Your Classroom – How to Keep It Simple

    Trying on Formative Assessment in Your Classroom – How to Keep It Simple

    We often use interim and summative assessments to measure student learning a unit or chapter at a time. But when it comes to gathering evidence of student... Continue Reading The post Trying on...

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  • Back to School with the Innovation Lab

    Back to School with the Innovation Lab

    Partnering with schools and districts is the foundation of our Partners in Innovation research program (we’ve blogged about the program previously here and here).  With the recent... Continue...

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  • 5 Fall MAP Growth Testing Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    5 Fall MAP Growth Testing Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    We love connecting with teachers on Instagram and sharing practical and creative ideas related to growth, goal setting, and building a positive classroom community. If you didn’t... Continue...

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  • Summer Learning Loss: Does It Widen the Achievement Gap?

    Summer Learning Loss: Does It Widen the Achievement Gap?

    Summer is over, and many kids are heading back to school having lost some skills or knowledge from the previous school year. I wrote earlier this summer... Continue Reading The post Summer...

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  • My Plans For Balancing It All In My 16th Year Of Teaching

    My Plans For Balancing It All In My 16th Year Of Teaching

    It is Sunday, August 19th, and I am literally flying across the country as I write this blog. At the start of the summer, I wrote about... Continue Reading The post My Plans For Balancing It All...

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  • Four Conversations to Have with Students Before Fall Testing

    Four Conversations to Have with Students Before Fall Testing

    I think a teacher’s most important task at the beginning of the school year is getting to know the students—who they are as people, what they’re interested... Continue Reading The post Four...

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  • PBS NewsHour features Portland Public Schools and NWEA Research

    PBS NewsHour features Portland Public Schools and NWEA Research

    Education Week’s special correspondent Lisa Stark visited Portland, Oregon, to report on Portland Public School’s Early Kindergarten Transition (EKT) program for PBS’s NewsHour. The segment also...

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  • What’s New with MAP Reading Fluency? More Great Features

    What’s New with MAP Reading Fluency? More Great Features

    Earlier this year we introduced MAP® Reading Fluency™, the first and only K-3 computer adaptive oral reading fluency assessment that uses speech recognition technology with automatic scoring.......

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  • New Report from Gallup and NWEA: Assessing Soft Skills

    New Report from Gallup and NWEA: Assessing Soft Skills

    NWEA is pleased to present the fourth installment in our ongoing exploration into public perceptions of K-12 assessment. In this newly commissioned report from NWEA and Gallup... Continue...

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  • Will Students Read More with Culturally Relevant Books?

    It’s a question many teachers and principals have on their minds – how to get kids more interested in reading. And it’s one topic that our NWEA... Continue Reading The post Will Students Read More...

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  • Why It’s Time for a New Approach to Oral Reading Fluency Assessment

    Why It’s Time for a New Approach to Oral Reading Fluency Assessment

    Sitting on the hallway floor with reading assessment materials on my lap and first-grader Erick on my right, I lean down a bit to better hear his... Continue Reading The post Why It’s Time for a...

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  • 12 Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Growth Assessment

    12 Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Growth Assessment

    It’s back to school time, and we are ready to work with thousands of schools and districts across the U.S. and in 141 countries around the world.... Continue Reading The post 12 Questions Parents...

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  • 10 Great Books for Teachers to Kick-Off the Year

    10 Great Books for Teachers to Kick-Off the Year

    As teachers get ready for the new school year, we thought it would be fun to ask our staff of education experts what books they are reading... Continue Reading The post 10 Great Books for Teachers...

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  • Got Growth Mindset? 5 Pinterest-worthy Ways to Make It Visible in Your Classroom

    Got Growth Mindset? 5 Pinterest-worthy Ways to Make It Visible in Your Classroom

    The concepts of growth mindset (developed by psychologist Carol Dweck) and grit (popularized by Angela Lee Duckworth) are powerful tools for our students. Starting as early as... Continue...

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  • 10 Ways for Teachers and Parents to Communicate Better about Assessments

    10 Ways for Teachers and Parents to Communicate Better about Assessments

    In an NWEA-Gallup survey of parents, students, and educators that we sponsored in 2016, a key finding was that more than six in 10 parents said their... Continue Reading The post 10 Ways for...

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  • The Importance of Maintaining Empathy for Our Learners

    The Importance of Maintaining Empathy for Our Learners

    This summer one of my closest friends is taking swim lessons. Let me tell you about this friend – she is in her thirties, is an amazing... Continue Reading The post The Importance of Maintaining...

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