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27 Easy Formative Assessment Strategies for Gathering Evidence of Student Learning

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 17, 2019 4893

A few years ago, I came across Terry Heick’s blog – 10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds – at TeachThought and really enjoyed the formative... Continue Reading


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How I Went from MAP Novice to MAP Coordinator at My School

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 16, 2019 4834

“Who wants to go to a conference on MAP training?” This was the title of the email that landed in my inbox. The message that would set... Continue Reading


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MAP Reading Fluency Testing: 9 Tips for Teachers and School Leaders

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 10, 2019 4512

With the winter testing season upon us, we’d like to offer some tips to help you make the most out of this assessment season. These tips are... Continue Reading


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Using MAP Growth Assessment Data to Help Close Achievement Gaps

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 08, 2019 4398

The Genoa-Hugo School in Colorado is in a low-income ranching community. It’s kindergartners often started school with a vocabulary base of just 300-400 words; much lower than... Continue Reading


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10 Ways Teachers Can Help Parents Prepare Their Kids for Assessments

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 03, 2019 4123

The hustle and bustle of students returning to the classroom signals the start of winter testing. As this cycle of assessment begins, it’s important to consider a... Continue Reading


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The Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 28, 2018 3794

All of the authors here at Teach. Learn. Grow. would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. It’s been another fantastic... Continue Reading


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Hone Your Formative Expertise with Professional Learning from NWEA

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 20, 2018 3354

With the holidays and breaks upon us, many educators might be thinking about what they’d like to learn or develop in the New Year. One idea (one... Continue Reading


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Dance Your Way to Effective Assessment Practices?

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 18, 2018 3245

If you were to ask any educator, “What are some current hot topics trending in education right now?” I submit that many of them would mention the... Continue Reading


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New eBook – Using MAP Growth Data to Inform Instruction

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 13, 2018 2967

MAP Growth assessments can measure student growth, project proficiency on state accountability tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum. They can reveal... Continue Reading


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A New Season of Leading from the Classroom Launches this Month

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 11, 2018 2858

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


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District Stays on Track with Strong Connection Between MAP Growth and State Standards

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 06, 2018 2583

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


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Parent Strategies for Improving Their Child’s Math

Northwest Evaluation Association - December 04, 2018 2472

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


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New eBook – A Better Way to Assess Oral Reading Fluency

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 29, 2018 2197

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


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Parent Strategies for Improving Their Child’s Reading and Writing

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 27, 2018 2088

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


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

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 20, 2018 1703

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


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

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 15, 2018 1427

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


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What if the Whole Class was Participating?

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 13, 2018 1318

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


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3 Reasons to See What’s New with NWEA Connection

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 09, 2018 1091

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


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Leveraging MAP Growth Data to Close Achievement Gaps

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 06, 2018 924

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 Reading


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

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 02, 2018 693

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 Reading


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

Northwest Evaluation Association - November 01, 2018 655

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


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Latest MAP Growth Feature Improves Accessibility

Northwest Evaluation Association - October 30, 2018 545

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


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Seven Successful Strategies for Literate Assessment

Northwest Evaluation Association - October 26, 2018 323

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


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

Northwest Evaluation Association - October 25, 2018 271

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


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