Research

Shirley Lincicum
Redefining Literacy

The traditional definition of literacy means simply the ability to read and write. Increasingly, both kids and adults are being required to read and write online, using the Internet and online tools to locate, evaluate, synthesize and communicate information. What implications does the growing reliance upon ...

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Dr. Michael Dahlin
Using MAP to Predict Proficiency on Summative Assessments

NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment serves many purposes, from informing instruction to identifying students for intervention to projecting proficiency on state accountability assessments. To do the latter, NWEA routinely conducts studies that provide estimates of RIT scores on the MAP assessments corresponding to “proficient” ...

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Rebecca Moore
Phantom Test Results and the Need for Assessment and Data Literacy

Our own John Cronin and Nate Jensen recently penned an article that appeared in Phi Delta Kappan titled The Phantom Collapse of Student Achievement in New York (PDF download). In it they addressed the big decline in New York State’s proficiency rates following the adoption of ...

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Janet Dykstra
The Myth of the Average Child

In the industrial construct of traditional educational systems, we all too often designed for the “average” child. I believe that the existence of the “average” child is a myth and a paradigm we need to radically reject from our societal thinking. Instead, anyone involved today ...

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Dr. Beth Tarasawa
Attention Teachers! Researchers need your feedback!

NWEA researchers, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, are beginning an exciting research project that examines how teachers use assessment data to improve instruction and student learning. We are reaching out to elementary teachers from schools that administer Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) to help ...

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Dr. Andrew Hegedus
Why Goals Matter in Educator Performance

In an earlier blog I discussed what research says are important characteristics of goals themselves if we want to improve educator performance and students outcomes . The next line of questioning for me then became: What is it about having a goal that improves performance? ...

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Dr. Nate Jensen
Research Explores Impact of Summer Learning Loss on Student Achievement Gaps

I’m proud to share the following from our guest bloggers, Kingsbury Data Award recipients Andrew McEachin and Allison Atteberry.                                                 -  Nate Jensen ...

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Dr. Michael Dahlin
To Measure a Year’s Growth, Begin with the Student

At NWEA, one of the research team’s functions is to provide high-level technical support on a range of assessment issues, including the use and interpretation of the MAP/MPG norms.  In that capacity, one question we receive regularly is, “What percentages of students typically make a year’s ...

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