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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 4868

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 4759

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 4486

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 4375

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 4100

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 3991

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 3221

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 2946

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 2836

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 2564

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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What to Look for in Effective Reading Assessment

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 05, 2019 2453

If you’ve ever stepped into an early elementary classroom, you know that energy radiates from young learners. Kids love exploring the world around them and delight in opportunities... Continue Reading


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Opportunities to Learn What’s New with NWEA Research

Northwest Evaluation Association - March 01, 2019 2222

This spring, NWEA researchers will present, chair, or serve as discussants in more than 20 sessions during the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council on... Continue Reading


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See How MAP Growth K-2 Exceeds Expectations for Young Learners

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 28, 2019 2178

MAP® Growth™ K-2 delivers three unique assessments that focus on the learning needs and requirements of young students: growth, screening, and skills checklists. The growth assessment measures... Continue Reading


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NWEA Adds MAP Spanish to Support Equitable Assessment

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 26, 2019 2068

Our mission at NWEA is partnering to help all kids learn. And we don’t just talk about the mission; we live and breathe it. Providing teachers and... Continue Reading


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How to Leverage Growth Data to Improve Student Learning

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 21, 2019 1792

Growth data is powerful and can have an enormous impact for students, teachers, and administrators. For students, the more they understand their own assessment results, the better... Continue Reading


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What to Do AFTER Winter Testing? 5 Tips from Teachers

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 19, 2019 1683

Done with your winter MAP Growth tests? If not, check out these posts first: Top 6 Test Prep Tips from Teachers on Instagram and 5 More Testing... Continue Reading


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5 Formative Strategies to Improve Student Learning from Dylan Wiliam and NWEA

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 14, 2019 1408

Dylan Wiliam’s book, Embedded Formative Assessment, is filled with a number of insights. The foundation of the book highlights the importance of formative assessment as a tool... Continue Reading


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Can Your Spanish Speakers Fully Show What They Know?

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 12, 2019 1298

Recently, we blogged about assessment data representing a whole class of diverse learners—including Spanish-speaking students. We asked the question, “Do your current assessments let Spanish speakers fully... Continue Reading


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The Day After the Big Game, My Students Took the Lead

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 07, 2019 1024

On the morning of Monday, February 4th, I had many reasons to be excited. The New Englander in me was thrilled because the Patriots won the Super... Continue Reading


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Filling the Gaps in Understanding for Spanish-Speaking Students

Northwest Evaluation Association - February 05, 2019 913

One of the foundational purposes of assessment is providing good data—and useful data—to teachers and administrators to help them understand their students’ learning. But sometimes, it can... Continue Reading


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75 Digital Tools and Apps Teachers Can Use to Support Formative Assessment in the Classroom

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 31, 2019 640

There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 75... Continue Reading


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Top 5 Trending Tips on NWEA Connection

Northwest Evaluation Association - January 29, 2019 527

As winter testing continues or wraps up (for some of you), we know that our NWEA partners are looking for helpful resources about testing and reports. And,... Continue Reading


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