Research

Rebecca Moore
Supporting Researchers: The Kingsbury Research Award

As part of our mission, NWEA is committed to supporting emerging scholars and researchers who seek to conduct high quality research studies that are intended to improve teaching and learning. Over the years, our researchers have often been approached by graduate students and other university researchers ...

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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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