NWEA’s Common Core-aligned Assessments
NWEA has developed a set of MAP assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards for Math, Reading and Language Usage that can be measured using multiple-choice items. We also offer MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) assessments aligned to the Common Core Standards for Math and Reading.
Aligned to State Standards
MAP tests will continue to be aligned to state standards. As states officially begin to align their assessments to the Common Core, NWEA will align state tests to each state's version of the Common Core as well. Common Core Standards identify the content that must constitute at least 85 percent of an adopting state's standards, so states have latitude in how they implement the additional 15 percent. States may adopt the standards in different ways.
Alignment is important, but kid-centric learning also requires strong curriculum development, teacher preparation, professional development, engaged students, and an effective accountability system to help improve teaching and increase student learning. NWEA supports this approach to education with assessments that measure growth, not grade, using a stable scale.
Preparing for the Transition
Preparing for the transition to Common Core State Standards is part of partnership. NWEA is prepared to help partners think through the transition from their current standards to the new Common Core State Standards. We also help partners by providing a sample common core-aligned test for your review. To ensure a smooth transition we provide consulting and professional development coaching services.
To find out more about NWEA Common Core-aligned MAP and MPG offerings, please contact your NWEA Partner Relations Representative at 503-624-1951, or contact NWEA online.