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Put relationship building on your back-to-school to-do list

Northwest Evaluation Association - August 06, 2019 4370

For school-aged children, summer is a time to relax and enjoy the sun, friends, and family. For parents and caretakers, it can be an unstructured season before... Continue Reading


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How to be assessment literate, no matter your role

Northwest Evaluation Association - August 01, 2019 4088

A confident understanding of assessment helps teachers meet their students’ needs early, when it’s easier to close achievement gaps and pave the way to a long and... Continue Reading


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A High School Student Shares His Experience With MAP Growth

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 30, 2019 3984

For the past year, high school junior Max P.  has been an intern in the marketing department at NWEA. Since it’s not often we get to hear... Continue Reading


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Why We’re All-in on Student Test Engagement

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 25, 2019 3709

Teachers have long known that students don’t always give their best effort when they take a test. A lack of student test engagement can negatively impact scores... Continue Reading


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7 Steps to Creating a Growth Assessment that Works

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 23, 2019 3598

Thanks to high-quality assessments, teachers, students and families are able to see and celebrate heroic growth. Consider a fifth-grade student who starts the year reading at a... Continue Reading


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Why It’s Important to Consider the Assessment Data Needs of All Stakeholders

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 18, 2019 3326

When we think about educational assessments, “timely” means that assessment data is delivered at a time when it will be most useful to the people who need... Continue Reading


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3 Questions High Quality Assessments Can Answer For Early Learning Educators

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 16, 2019 3213

To build a foundation for future success, Pre-K-3 students are being introduced to education assessments to help gauge where they are in their literacy and math skillsets.... Continue Reading


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Three Ways to Better Engage Students to Get the Most from Educational Assessments

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 11, 2019 2938

It’s not uncommon to find a classroom where a few highly motivated students monopolize the discussion. To ensure that all students are learning, teachers need to find... Continue Reading


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Making Sense of Early Childhood Assessment – Four Things to Consider

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 09, 2019 2820

There is consensus among educators that assessments should be purposeful, aligned to instruction, and beneficial to student outcomes. However, there is a vein of debate running through... Continue Reading


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A Teacher’s Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to the School Year

Northwest Evaluation Association - July 03, 2019 2499

It seems like every year, my classroom has a song, or a movie soundtrack that exemplifies who they are as a group. A few years ago, it... Continue Reading


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Rethinking School Performance with Dr. Andrew Hegedus

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 27, 2019 2170

Dr. Andrew Hegedus, Research Consulting Director for NWEA recently completed a noteworthy research study exploring the relationship between poverty and school performance. We caught up with Andy... Continue Reading


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Making Sense of Growth Mindset and Growth Measures

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For the past few years, “growth mindset” has generated a lot of conversation in the education world. Both adults and students have opportunities to develop a growth... Continue Reading


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What Can These 5 Types of Assessment Data Tell You?

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 20, 2019 1784

Educational assessments can be used to support learning, as well as validate it. The type of assessment you choose should match the purpose behind the questions you’re... Continue Reading


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4 Simple Steps For Streamlining Your Assessment System

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 18, 2019 1673

Every assessment has strengths and limitations, which means no single measure will serve every specific need. If your system has been built piecemeal over time, it’s likely... Continue Reading


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How this Rural, Low-income School Used MAP Growth Data to Boost Performance

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 13, 2019 1399

The high desert area of northwestern New Mexico, also known as the Checkerboard area, is patchwork of territory owned by the federal government, private citizens, and the... Continue Reading


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Involving Students and Parents in End-of-Year Planning

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 11, 2019 1288

A recent blog post – Teacher End-of-Year Planning Using MAP Growth Data – discussed some questions that often arise as the year draws to a close. Were... Continue Reading


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NWEA and Khan Academy: A Partnership with a Purpose

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 06, 2019 1012

We’re proud to announce that NWEA is partnering with Khan Academy. United by our shared commitment to student success, we are joining forces with Khan Academy to... Continue Reading


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The Ultimate Guide to Parent Resources for Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Northwest Evaluation Association - June 04, 2019 903

We’ve composed numerous family-centric posts aimed at providing tips, ideas, and thoughts around how parents and guardians can play a pivotal role in their child’s educational acumen.... Continue Reading


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5 Ways One School District Makes the Most of MAP Growth

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 30, 2019 629

At Novi, a district of 6,000 students in Oakland County, Michigan, MAP® Growth™ has long been a part of their balanced approach to assessment. According to Dr.... Continue Reading


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Using MAP Growth Assessment Data to Improve Students’ Futures

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 28, 2019 521

The Pewaukee School District (PSD) in Wisconsin, like most school districts across the country, strives to improve student learning to open doors to bright futures. After more... Continue Reading


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5 Steps to Engaging Students More with MAP Growth

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 23, 2019 244

Have you and your students ever just had it up to here with math? I know I have. After months of teaching the fifth-grade curriculum as prescribed,... Continue Reading


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3 Key Takeaways from School Effectiveness Research

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 21, 2019 134

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has significantly changed the nation’s school accountability landscape. Increasingly, schools are being held accountable for their contributions to student academic growth,... Continue Reading


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