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3 Key Takeaways from School Effectiveness Research

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 21, 2019 4942

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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Brown v. Board Anniversary Provides Opportunity to Recommit to All Kids

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 17, 2019 4722

Today marks the 65th anniversary of one of the most consequential decisions in the history of the Supreme Court. Brown v. Board of Education said that no student... Continue Reading


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A New Strategic Vision for NWEA Policy and Advocacy

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 16, 2019 4667

On one of my first trips to the Portland office I noticed a small plaque on the first floor that read: “NWEA is committed to providing the... Continue Reading


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How to Improve Your District End of Year Planning with Assessment Data

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 14, 2019 4557

In an earlier post – Teacher End-of-Year Planning Using MAP Growth Data – we shared three questions that many teachers contemplate after the school year ends, and... Continue Reading


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Teacher Appreciation Week: What Would You Say to Your Favorite Teacher?

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 10, 2019 4323

To mark Teacher Appreciation Week, we stepped outside NWEA headquarters in downtown Portland, Oregon and spoke with real people about their favorite teachers. The names came easily.... Continue Reading


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Teacher Appreciation Week: NWEA Staff Remember Their Favorite Teachers

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 09, 2019 4282

At NWEA, we stand with teachers, and recognize the profound difference they make in the lives of students. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked our staff to... Continue Reading


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Teacher Appreciation Week Contest Winners

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 08, 2019 4227

Happy Teacher Appreciation week, everyone! During the month of April, we’ve been running a contest on our online partner community, NWEA Connection. We asked members to share... Continue Reading


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Teacher Appreciation Week: Making a Teacher Begins with a Mentor

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 07, 2019 4172

Recently I managed to orchestrate a personal trip to Target early on a Sunday morning. Just me and endless aisle of things I never knew I needed.... Continue Reading


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NWEA Launches 3 Research and Innovation Centers

Northwest Evaluation Association - May 02, 2019 3898

Today, we are excited to announce the launch of three distinct Research and Innovation Centers as part of our mission as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping... Continue Reading


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3 Teacher Tips for Driving Better Instruction with Data

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 30, 2019 3785

Tamassee-Salem Elementary is one of 10 elementary schools in the Oconee County School District in South Carolina, and they have been using the MAP® Growth™ interim assessment... Continue Reading


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Three Ways to Right-Size Educational Assessments for Early Learners

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 25, 2019 3511

When we think about educational assessments, we most often think of elementary, middle, or high school students, but more and more K-3 students are being introduced to... Continue Reading


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Teacher End-of-Year Planning Using MAP Growth Data

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 23, 2019 3401

It doesn’t seem possible, but the end of the school year is closing in fast. Before you close the books on this year, some year-end reflection can... Continue Reading


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LeBron James’ I Promise School Story Underscores Importance of Assessment to Close Educational Opportunity Gaps

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 18, 2019 3124

The New York Times featured a story on the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio and supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation, which highlighted encouraging initial... Continue Reading


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Four Formative Assessment Strategies to Power Up Self-Regulated Learning

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 16, 2019 3015

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the connection between formative assessment and self-regulated learning. This idea of self-regulated learners has been around for a long time with implicit,... Continue Reading


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Growth Both Ways: How Can You Assess the Two Types of Growth in Early Literacy?

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 11, 2019 2742

At NWEA, we measure growth. Most of our partners know us for the MAP Growth test, where overall growth is gauged by a RIT score on a... Continue Reading


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Five Frequently Asked Questions About MAP Spanish Assessments

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 09, 2019 2630

Of approximately 4.8 million English Language Learners (ELLs) in US public schools, nearly 80% are native Spanish speakers. Educators are looking for better information on the largest... Continue Reading


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Leveraging Growth Data for Teachers and Principals

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 04, 2019 2356

In an earlier post, we shared some insights into how teachers can use MAP® Growth™ assessment data to work with students. Students can leverage growth data to... Continue Reading


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Helping More Kids Win

Northwest Evaluation Association - April 02, 2019 2247

The most exciting thing I saw during the Super Bowl wasn’t the play on the field or the halftime show. It was this commercial from Microsoft. It’s... Continue Reading


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Do Your Assessments Measure Up When It Comes To Equity?

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 19, 2019 1477

At NWEA, our mission is simple, but vast: Partnering to help all kids learn. As a not-for-profit organization, we have the ability not only to believe in... Continue Reading


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Tackling the Question of Growth for High-Achieving Students

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 14, 2019 1202

MAP Growth assessment data can help teachers determine where students are at in their learning. It can answer an all-important question like, “Is my student performing below,... Continue Reading


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How MAP Reading Fluency Supports Effective Reading Assessment at My School

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 12, 2019 1092

Last week, I blogged here about essential early reading skills and what the research suggests we evaluate in young readers. After working in education for the past 16... Continue Reading


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Thrive Schools Hoping MAP Growth Scores Can Make a Difference

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 07, 2019 820

Just over four years ago, Thrive Public Schools received a charter from the state of California for their mission to meet individual students where they are and... Continue Reading


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