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  • MAP Growth Data Drives an Instructional Connections Success Story

    MAP Growth Data Drives an Instructional Connections Success Story

    One of the questions we often hear from teachers is, “Okay, I have my student assessment data. Now what?” With this in mind, we created the Instructional... Continue Reading The post MAP Growth...

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  • Fast Talkers: Are Kids Getting the Right Message About Good Reading?

    Fast Talkers: Are Kids Getting the Right Message About Good Reading?

    Oral reading fluency is a key indicator of reading proficiency. But it’s got some issues, as it’s currently implemented in some schools. One of these is that... Continue Reading The post Fast...

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  • 4 Questions to Consider When Winter Test Scores Drop

    4 Questions to Consider When Winter Test Scores Drop

    The subject line on the email from my daughter’s third grade teacher read, “Totally Baffled.” It was mid-January, and my daughter’s class had taken the winter MAP... Continue Reading The post 4...

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  • The Ultimate List – 65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Assessment Practices

    The Ultimate List – 65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Assessment Practices

    There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers (and students) who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list......

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  • Oral Language Matters: Disrupting the Phonics Monopoly

    Oral Language Matters: Disrupting the Phonics Monopoly

    In many schools, students are expected to demonstrate reading comprehension by third grade. For students who can’t, intensive interventions are offered that focus on phonics and decoding.......

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  • MAP Growth to Feature Text-to-Speech Capabilities

    MAP Growth to Feature Text-to-Speech Capabilities

    NWEA strives to support our customers and not to be a barrier for them. That’s the thought that hit me in the middle of a recent education... Continue Reading The post MAP Growth to Feature...

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  • Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

    Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

    All of us at Teach. Learn. Grow. would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year! It was an exciting year for... Continue Reading The post Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017 appeared...

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  • Three Ways to Build Support for Consistent Formative Assessment

    Three Ways to Build Support for Consistent Formative Assessment

    When we think of educational assessments, we need to think about all assessment practices. Formative assessment may be a buzz word in education these days, but it’s... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Step Up for Students Schools and NWEA Partner to See Accelerated Student Growth

    Step Up for Students Schools and NWEA Partner to See Accelerated Student Growth

    Like many schools, Dunnellon Christian Academy in Dunnellon, Florida, was struggling with how to use outdated and complex student assessment data. Typical standardized tests – such as... Continue...

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  • Simple, but not easy: What we forget about how reading comprehension develops

    Simple, but not easy: What we forget about how reading comprehension develops

    As young kids amaze us all by developing reading fluency (remember this blog?), they typically move toward greater and greater comprehension of what they read. That’s good:... Continue Reading The...

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  • How to Use Data to Create Small Reading Groups

    How to Use Data to Create Small Reading Groups

    As educators, we constantly hear how important data collection is, but are often not given the tools for what to do with data. We need to change... Continue Reading The post How to Use Data to...

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  • The 2017 Teachers of the Year Share Moments that Matter

    The 2017 Teachers of the Year Share Moments that Matter

    Here at NWEA, we are delighted to once again partner with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Teacher of the Year program... Continue Reading The post The 2017...

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  • Teacher-Parent Collaboration: Ideas and Resources on Getting the Most from MAP Growth

    Teacher-Parent Collaboration: Ideas and Resources on Getting the Most from MAP Growth

    The data that the MAP® Growth interim assessment provides teachers is rich and highly personalized for each student. This data provides valuable insights that show where each... Continue...

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  • Using Formative Assessment as a Compass for Daily Planning and Differentiating Instruction

    Using Formative Assessment as a Compass for Daily Planning and Differentiating Instruction

    Developing autonomy as a learner and becoming self-regulated with an evident sense of self-efficacy are all supported by differentiating within the classroom. Formative instructional practices...

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  • MAP Growth Assessment Receives Platinum Award from THE Journal

    MAP Growth Assessment Receives Platinum Award from THE Journal

    If you haven’t seen the press release, we’re excited to share that MAP® Growth™ won Platinum in the assessment category in the 2017 THE Journal Readers’ Choice... Continue Reading The post MAP...

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  • From 8 to 80 in Two Years: How Fluency Drives Students Toward Comprehension

    From 8 to 80 in Two Years: How Fluency Drives Students Toward Comprehension

    Ask any primary grades teacher about reading fluency, and you are likely to hear something about WCPM from one-minute oral readings. (That’s Words Correct Per Minute, a... Continue Reading The...

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  • My First Trip to Personalization Town – An Adventure in Personalized Learning

    My First Trip to Personalization Town – An Adventure in Personalized Learning

    I like to travel. In fact, I think that traveling is one of the most important gifts I can give my son. Traveling comes with a myriad... Continue Reading The post My First Trip to Personalization...

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  • NWEA Researchers Share Prize for Social-Emotional Learning Measurement

    NWEA Researchers Share Prize for Social-Emotional Learning Measurement

    This August, two of our research scientists here at NWEA, Jim Soland and Nate Jensen, won first place in the Social-Emotional Assessment Design Challenge sponsored by CASEL... Continue Reading The...

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  • Meet Generation Alpha: 3 Things Educators Should Know

    Meet Generation Alpha: 3 Things Educators Should Know

    They are in your schools now. And there are more coming—lots more. Are you ready for them? This year, more than 3.8 million students enrolled in kindergarten... Continue Reading The post Meet...

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  • Personalized Learning for Early Childhood Classrooms: What Could it Look Like?

    Personalized Learning for Early Childhood Classrooms: What Could it Look Like?

    I can’t help but think about all the chatter I hear about personalized learning. Almost every conversation I have with middle school teachers eventually turns to the... Continue Reading The post...

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