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  • 3 Things You Might Not Know About the MAP Growth Interim Assessment

    3 Things You Might Not Know About the MAP Growth Interim Assessment

    MAP Growth is a K-12 interim assessment that measures growth – and the data it provides can help educators project proficiency on state accountability tests, support differentiated... Continue...

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  • Making Assessment More Meaningful with Norms

    Making Assessment More Meaningful with Norms

    If you’ve finished spring testing and are diving into reporting data, you might be looking for a refresher on what norms are and why they are important.... Continue Reading The post Making...

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  • 5 More Testing Season Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    5 More Testing Season Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    You loved the six test prep tips from teachers on Instagram we shared last month, so we’re back with more Insta-spiration. But before we get to it,... Continue Reading The post 5 More Testing...

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  • 48 School Days Left – Making the Most of Them

    48 School Days Left – Making the Most of Them

    I just returned from Spring Break. Not “SPRING BREAK” like the college kids sometimes partake in, but nonetheless, a break from work, during the season of spring.... Continue Reading The post 48...

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  • We Must See Beyond NAEP

    We Must See Beyond NAEP

    Today, the National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, scores were released. What some call “the nation’s report card” often starts a debate about what NAEP results... Continue Reading The...

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  • Using MAP Growth at the High School Level to Drive Systematic Change

    Using MAP Growth at the High School Level to Drive Systematic Change

    There are no shortages of great stories of schools and districts leveraging MAP® Growth™ assessment data to move the needle on student learning. Most begin in elementary... Continue Reading The...

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  • It Takes a Village (of Applications)

    It Takes a Village (of Applications)

    They say it “takes a village” to raise a child, and at NWEA, we believe that means a “village” of approaches: students do better when teachers apply... Continue Reading The post It Takes a Village...

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  • What You Need to Know When Establishing Success Criteria in the Classroom

    What You Need to Know When Establishing Success Criteria in the Classroom

    If you’re a practitioner of formative instructional practice, or formative assessment, then you know that one of the foundations of smart practice is establishing success criteria in... Continue...

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  • Five Ways to Help Parents Get the Most Out of MAP Growth Results

    Five Ways to Help Parents Get the Most Out of MAP Growth Results

    As spring testing season approaches, teachers, principals, and other administrators may be looking for resources and ideas for sharing MAP® Growth™ results with parents. Sometimes parents need......

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  • The Truth About Personalized Learning

    The Truth About Personalized Learning

    Over the past decade, “personalized learning” has evolved from being a buzzword to fueling a multi-million dollar EdTech industry and becoming a focus for philanthropy. Personalized learning......

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  • Top 6 Test Prep Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    Top 6 Test Prep Tips from Teachers on Instagram

    How do you help students get into the right mindset to do their best on a growth assessment, and try hard without getting frustrated? We recently shared... Continue Reading The post Top 6 Test...

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  • How NOT to get Overwhelmed by Data: Teacher Reports to use Throughout the Year

    How NOT to get Overwhelmed by Data: Teacher Reports to use Throughout the Year

    Raise your hand if you feel like data is a dirty word? Data meetings, data interventions, data analysis… Let’s face it, for the most part, that word... Continue Reading The post How NOT to get...

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  • 7 Ways to Prepare for MAP Growth

    7 Ways to Prepare for MAP Growth

    Getting ready for spring testing? It’s likely that almost all teachers who prepared for the MAP® GrowthTM assessment last fall learned something along the way. While there’s... Continue...

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  • What Happens Below Zero: Meaningful Growth for Kids Who Read Zero Words Correct Per Minute

    What Happens Below Zero: Meaningful Growth for Kids Who Read Zero Words Correct Per Minute

    It’s been cold here in Minnesota. Now for some parts of the country, cold means 30 degrees. But in Minnesota, I’m talking about subzero temperatures. Before wind... Continue Reading The post What...

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  • Meet 3 NWEA Research Scientists Testing New Tools in the Field

    Meet 3 NWEA Research Scientists Testing New Tools in the Field

    In our first installment of a Partners in Innovation blog, I provided an overview of our program along with a few snippets of the research we having... Continue Reading The post Meet 3 NWEA...

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  • Eight Tips for a Successful MAP Skills Implementation

    Eight Tips for a Successful MAP Skills Implementation

    MAP® Skills™ is an online classroom assessment system that quickly measures student skills in math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and language usage. MAP Skills is designed to give......

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  • Study Concludes MAP Growth Items Align to Common Core State Standards

    Study Concludes MAP Growth Items Align to Common Core State Standards

    At NWEA, one question that we are often asked is how well MAP® Growth™ aligns to different state standards, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Today, we... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Eight Daily Classroom Data Sources to Empower Student-Directed Learning

    Eight Daily Classroom Data Sources to Empower Student-Directed Learning

    Daniel Venables, in a TeachThought blog that I still often refer to, talks about data as tools teachers can use to teach better. He provides eight sources... Continue Reading The post Eight Daily...

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  • Less Stopwatch, More Heart: What Football Movies Can Teach Us About Oral Reading Fluency Assessment

    Less Stopwatch, More Heart: What Football Movies Can Teach Us About Oral Reading Fluency Assessment

    One-on-one assessment can seem like a really important thing to protect, in the primary grades. I am in that camp myself. But I don’t think all forms... Continue Reading The post Less Stopwatch,...

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  • 5 Ways to Support Girls in STEM

    5 Ways to Support Girls in STEM

    Although girls and boys tend to take higher-level math and science courses at relatively the same rate, women represent less than 30 percent of the science and... Continue Reading The post 5 Ways...

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