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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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  • Parent Strategies for Improving Their Child’s Math

    Parent Strategies for Improving Their Child’s Math

    In a previous blog, we shared some parent strategies for improving a child’s reading and writing with some tips that they can use throughout the school year.... Continue Reading The post Parent...

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  • New eBook – A Better Way to Assess Oral Reading Fluency

    New eBook – A Better Way to Assess Oral Reading Fluency

    We’re happy to share a new, FREE eBook – A Better Way to Assess Oral Reading Fluency. Learning to read is such a major milestone for early... Continue Reading The post New eBook – A Better Way to...

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  • Parent Strategies for Improving Their Child’s Reading and Writing

    Parent Strategies for Improving Their Child’s Reading and Writing

    Today, perhaps more than ever, parents play an important role in their child’s education. Gone are the days when it was solely the school’s job to educate.... Continue Reading The post Parent...

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  • Are You Encouraging False Growth Mindset? Ask Yourself 3 Questions.

    Are You Encouraging False Growth Mindset? Ask Yourself 3 Questions.

    Growth mindset is the firmly held belief that people can learn new things or develop new skills and talents through experience, hard work, good habits, and by... Continue Reading The post Are You...

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  • Count on Routines and Expectations When You’re Counting Down to Break

    Count on Routines and Expectations When You’re Counting Down to Break

    While out of the classroom and at a workshop a week ago, I looked ahead at the calendar and realized a few things. Due to workshops, trainings,... Continue Reading The post Count on Routines and...

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  • What if the Whole Class was Participating?

    What if the Whole Class was Participating?

    When most people think about assessments, they still think mainly of summative or perhaps interim, and yet assessment plays out in classrooms every day, and often it’s... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 3 Reasons to See What’s New with NWEA Connection

    3 Reasons to See What’s New with NWEA Connection

    Whether you’re a veteran MAP Growth user or you’re just getting started, now’s the perfect time to join (or re-join!) the community of educators at NWEA Connection!... Continue Reading The post 3...

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  • Leveraging MAP Growth Data to Close Achievement Gaps

    Leveraging MAP Growth Data to Close Achievement Gaps

    Bay District Schools in Panama City, Florida, knows firsthand that using the right assessments is key to tackling achievement gaps. After changing their approach to assessment, they... Continue...

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  • Kids Don’t Get a Second Chance at a Great Start

    Kids Don’t Get a Second Chance at a Great Start

    I’m always excited by the research that comes out of the venerable Sesame Workshop, but it was hard to feel cheery after reading the recently published brief, Kindergartners’... Continue...

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  • What “Dancing with the Stars” Teaches Us About Balancing Growth and Proficiency

    What “Dancing with the Stars” Teaches Us About Balancing Growth and Proficiency

    What do Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Lou Retton, NFL legend DeMarcus Ware, radio personality Bobby Bones and grocery store manager Joe Amabile have in common? They are some... Continue Reading The...

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  • Latest MAP Growth Feature Improves Accessibility

    Latest MAP Growth Feature Improves Accessibility

    A lot goes into building an inclusive and accessible assessment because of all the moving parts. As a not-for-profit with a mission of partnering to help all... Continue Reading The post Latest...

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  • Seven Successful Strategies for Literate Assessment

    Seven Successful Strategies for Literate Assessment

    While “tests” are often the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “assessment,” a balanced assessment system encompasses a wide range of methods... Continue Reading The post Seven...

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  • How an IB School in Budapest is Improving Literacy with MAP Growth

    How an IB School in Budapest is Improving Literacy with MAP Growth

    When teacher Laura Vas first set out to create a hybrid approach to helping her students improve their literacy skills, she had no idea she’d be embarking... Continue Reading The post How an IB...

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  • A Teacher’s Perspective on “Soft” Skills

    A Teacher’s Perspective on “Soft” Skills

    Last month we blogged about the latest NWEA-Gallup study, which surveys parents, teachers, and administrators and their views on assessment and education. One key finding this year... Continue...

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  • 13 Must-Ask Questions When Evaluating Early Childhood Assessments

    13 Must-Ask Questions When Evaluating Early Childhood Assessments

    While a lot of the talk regarding assessments focuses on older students, it’s critical that we accurately assess our early learners too. Assessing early learners helps educators... Continue...

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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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