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  • Creating Flexible Groups Based on Data

    Creating Flexible Groups Based on Data

    As we talk about understanding assessments and learning to apply data to classroom instruction, one way to use assessment data is for differentiation. Differentiation for educators is... Continue...

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  • New Resource – Guidance on Administering MAP Growth

    New Resource – Guidance on Administering MAP Growth

    During the fall, as our school partners transition from testing students to reviewing the results, we start to receive questions from educators about when to retest a... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 16 Resources for Putting MAP Growth Assessment Data to Work

    16 Resources for Putting MAP Growth Assessment Data to Work

    There are numerous ways educators can use MAP® Growth™ assessment data to support student growth and achievement. One of those ways is leveraging our Instructional Connections. These... Continue...

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  • Three Essential MAP Growth Reports That Facilitate Parent-Teacher Communications

    Three Essential MAP Growth Reports That Facilitate Parent-Teacher Communications

    The MAP® Growth™ K–12 interim assessment provides essential information about a student’s continuum of learning and growth trajectory. MAP Growth provides real-time information that helps teachers...

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  • Miss the MAP Reading Fluency Webinar? Watch it Now On-Demand.

    Miss the MAP Reading Fluency Webinar? Watch it Now On-Demand.

    Imagine if you could replace your one-to-one oral reading assessments with a single 20-minute online test for an entire class. And imagine if that same test does... Continue Reading The post Miss...

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  • New NWEA Research Explores the Relationships Between Poverty and School Performance

    New NWEA Research Explores the Relationships Between Poverty and School Performance

    Since its founding, NWEA has focused its research on understanding the dynamics of student growth in schools. We have always believed that when educators and the communities... Continue...

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  • Three Research-based Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

    Three Research-based Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

    U.S. public schools are becoming increasingly diverse, yet teachers of color continue to make up less than 20% of our teacher workforce. Here in Multnomah County in... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 3 Ways Formative Assessment Supports Students (and Teachers) in the Classroom

    3 Ways Formative Assessment Supports Students (and Teachers) in the Classroom

    Formative assessment is about using instructional practices that provide evidence of where students are in their learning so teachers (and learners) can make adjustments day-to-day and even......

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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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