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He, Wei – NWEA, 2022
To ensure that student academic growth in a subject area is accurately captured, it is imperative that the underlying scale remains stable over time. As item parameter stability constitutes one of the factors that affects scale stability, NWEA® periodically conducts studies to check for the stability of the item parameter estimates for MAP®…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Test Items, Test Reliability, Academic Achievement
NWEA, 2021
How can we support academic growth for students with disabilities (SWD) who may have experienced disproportionate academic impacts from COVID-19? Recent NWEA research may help inform how federal ESSER [Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief] and IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] funding can provide early intervention,…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Achievement Gains, COVID-19, Pandemics
Kuhfeld, Megan; Ruzek, Erik; Lewis, Karyn; Soland, James; Johnson, Angela; Tarasawa, Beth; Dworkin, Lindsay – NWEA, 2021
This report examines the academic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students, with the goal of documenting achievement trends to provide leaders and policymakers with evidence to guide action to address educational inequities for BIPOC students. Using math and reading test data from 2.1 million BIPOC…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Minority Group Students, Grade 3
He, Wei – NWEA, 2021
New MAP® Growth™ assessments are being developed that administer items more closely matched to the grade level of the student. However, MAP Growth items are calibrated with samples that typically consist of students from a variety of grades, including the target grade to which an item is aligned. While this choice of calibration sample is…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Test Items, Instructional Program Divisions, Difficulty Level
Kuhfield, Megan; Tarasawa, Beth – NWEA, 2020
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic closes schools across the nation, education systems are scrambling to meet the needs of schools, families, and 55.1 million students. The economic impacts and trauma of recent events will also have far reaching effects that will likely exacerbate long-standing opportunity gaps. While it is difficult to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Achievement, School Closing
NWEA, 2020
To help provide context to MAP® Growth™ normative percentiles, this document includes multiple College and Career Readiness (CCR) benchmarks, including those from ACT®, SAT®, and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The comparative data in the tables presented in this report can be used as data points for instructional…
Descriptors: Data Use, Decision Making, Achievement Tests, College Entrance Examinations
Northwest Evaluation Association, 2017
Some schools use results from the MAP® Growth™ interim assessments from Northwest Evaluation Association® (NWEA®) in a number of high-stakes ways. These include as a component of their teacher evaluation systems, to determine whether a student advances to the next grade, or as an indicator for student readiness for certain programs or…
Descriptors: Outcome Measures, Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Test Results
NWEA, 2019
At Tamassee-Salem Elementary School in South Carolina, teacher Anna Durham likes to have data conferences with her third graders. She creates a simple graph of their MAP® Growth™ interim assessment scores with past and current scores, along with a future goal. She believes talking about goals--and how they will get there together--helps to engage…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Decision Making, Scores, Achievement Tests
NWEA, 2019
When Dr. Tonya Williams set out to improve the assessment program for the Georgia Leadership Preparatory Academy, she knew she had to develop a strategy that respected her teachers' time. "Students need and want to grow," she explains, "and that happens through improved teacher pedagogy. But to make that a reality, you have to give…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Data Use, Academic Achievement, Student Participation
NWEA, 2019
A few years ago, Marnie O. Malone and her team at Elmira City Schools found themselves facing a challenge that's all too common: How can we best support students who we know aren't likely to meet grade-level standards? To find an answer, they looked to the MAP® Suite of assessments from NWEA®. This brief case study describes how Malone and her…
Descriptors: School Districts, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Achievement Tests
NWEA, 2019
When superintendent Rudy Hernandez first arrived at Cicero School District 99, he knew he had challenges to address across the district. With a near-90 percent poverty level and a student population made up of 50 percent English language learners, he knew he needed to work with teachers to build a data-driven support system to affect change.…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, School Districts, School Visitation, Superintendents
Gianopulos, Garron – NWEA, 2019
The purpose of this literature review is to study the advantages and limitations of various through-course summative assessment (TCSA) models with the goal of informing the design of the new and innovative adaptive through-year assessment system at NWEA. This system solution will measure each student's command of grade-level standards and academic…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Scores
Li, Sylvia; Meyer, Patrick – NWEA, 2019
This simulation study examines the measurement precision, item exposure rates, and the depth of the MAP® Growth™ item pools under various grade-level restrictions. Unlike most summative assessments, MAP Growth allows examinees to see items from any grade level, regardless of the examinee's actual grade level. It does not limit the test to items…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Item Banks, Test Items, Instructional Program Divisions
Northwest Evaluation Association, 2016
Teachers know they need to focus on practices that can make the biggest difference to their students--but which practices have a track record of improving learning and growth? Read the second article in our five-part series to discover specific classroom formative assessment practices proven to take students from zoned out to tuned in. You'll…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Program Implementation
Northwest Evaluation Association, 2016
Teachers and leaders who say "yes!" to classroom formative assessment practice find it's a fast, proven, sustainable way to collect and act on key information while engaging ALL students. It's also an ideal complement to MAP and other data. Curious about which research-based practices get the most raves? Then check out the first article…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Educational Benefits, Evidence Based Practice, School Districts
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