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  • 5 Formative Strategies to Improve Student Learning from Dylan Wiliam and NWEA

    5 Formative Strategies to Improve Student Learning from Dylan Wiliam and NWEA

    Dylan Wiliam’s book, Embedded Formative Assessment, is filled with a number of insights. The foundation of the book highlights the importance of formative assessment as a tool... Continue...

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  • Can Your Spanish Speakers Fully Show What They Know?

    Can Your Spanish Speakers Fully Show What They Know?

    Recently, we blogged about assessment data representing a whole class of diverse learners—including Spanish-speaking students. We asked the question, “Do your current assessments let Spanish...

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  • The Day After the Big Game, My Students Took the Lead

    The Day After the Big Game, My Students Took the Lead

    On the morning of Monday, February 4th, I had many reasons to be excited. The New Englander in me was thrilled because the Patriots won the Super... Continue Reading The post The Day After the Big...

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  • Filling the Gaps in Understanding for Spanish-Speaking Students

    Filling the Gaps in Understanding for Spanish-Speaking Students

    One of the foundational purposes of assessment is providing good data—and useful data—to teachers and administrators to help them understand their students’ learning. But sometimes, it can......

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  • 75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom

    75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom

    There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 75... Continue...

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  • Top 5 Trending Tips on NWEA Connection

    Top 5 Trending Tips on NWEA Connection

    As winter testing continues or wraps up (for some of you), we know that our NWEA partners are looking for helpful resources about testing and reports. And,... Continue Reading The post Top 5...

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  • MAP Reading Fluency Testing: 4 Tips for Parents

    MAP Reading Fluency Testing: 4 Tips for Parents

    With the winter season in full swing, schools across the country are checking in on student progress. This means teachers and schools have progress data on your... Continue Reading The post MAP...

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  • Four Ways to Use MAP Growth Assessment Data Beyond Student Growth

    Four Ways to Use MAP Growth Assessment Data Beyond Student Growth

    The Panhandle Elementary School in the small town of Panhandle, Texas, has seen a huge improvement in their state rankings. In fact, since using the MAP Growth... Continue Reading The post Four...

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  • 27 Easy Formative Assessment Strategies for Gathering Evidence of Student Learning

    27 Easy Formative Assessment Strategies for Gathering Evidence of Student Learning

    A few years ago, I came across Terry Heick’s blog – 10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds – at TeachThought and really enjoyed the formative... Continue Reading The post 27 Easy Formative...

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  • How I Went from MAP Novice to MAP Coordinator at My School

    How I Went from MAP Novice to MAP Coordinator at My School

    “Who wants to go to a conference on MAP training?” This was the title of the email that landed in my inbox. The message that would set... Continue Reading The post How I Went from MAP Novice to...

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  • MAP Reading Fluency Testing: 9 Tips for Teachers and School Leaders

    MAP Reading Fluency Testing: 9 Tips for Teachers and School Leaders

    With the winter testing season upon us, we’d like to offer some tips to help you make the most out of this assessment season. These tips are... Continue Reading The post MAP Reading Fluency...

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  • Using MAP Growth Assessment Data to Help Close Achievement Gaps

    Using MAP Growth Assessment Data to Help Close Achievement Gaps

    The Genoa-Hugo School in Colorado is in a low-income ranching community. It’s kindergartners often started school with a vocabulary base of just 300-400 words; much lower than... Continue...

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  • 10 Ways Teachers Can Help Parents Prepare Their Kids for Assessments

    10 Ways Teachers Can Help Parents Prepare Their Kids for Assessments

    The hustle and bustle of students returning to the classroom signals the start of winter testing. As this cycle of assessment begins, it’s important to consider a... Continue Reading The post 10...

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  • The Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

    The Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

    All of the authors here at Teach. Learn. Grow. would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. It’s been another fantastic... Continue Reading The post The Top Ten Blog...

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  • Top 10 NWEA News Stories of 2018

    Top 10 NWEA News Stories of 2018

    As we close out 2018, we thought it would be interesting to look back on 10 of the most shared media stories about NWEA and our customers... Continue Reading The post Top 10 NWEA News Stories of...

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  • Hone Your Formative Expertise with Professional Learning from NWEA

    Hone Your Formative Expertise with Professional Learning from NWEA

    With the holidays and breaks upon us, many educators might be thinking about what they’d like to learn or develop in the New Year. One idea (one... Continue Reading The post Hone Your Formative...

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  • Dance Your Way to Effective Assessment Practices?

    Dance Your Way to Effective Assessment Practices?

    If you were to ask any educator, “What are some current hot topics trending in education right now?” I submit that many of them would mention the... Continue Reading The post Dance Your Way to...

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  • New eBook – Using MAP Growth Data to Inform Instruction

    New eBook – Using MAP Growth Data to Inform Instruction

    MAP Growth assessments can measure student growth, project proficiency on state accountability tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure...

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  • A New Season of Leading from the Classroom Launches this Month

    A New Season of Leading from the Classroom Launches this Month

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

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  • District Stays on Track with Strong Connection Between MAP Growth and State Standards

    District Stays on Track with Strong Connection Between MAP Growth and State Standards

    Here’s a scenario that is often a challenge for districts: Assessment results that are not well aligned to new, more rigorous standards that a district or state... Continue Reading The post...

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