Pre-K – 12 Assessments
|MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS® (MAP®) FOR PRIMARY GRADES||K – 2 students|
|MAP||Grade 2 – 12 students|
|SKILLS NAVIGATOR®||Grade K – 8 students|
|CHILDREN’S PROGRESS ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT™(CPAA™) SKILLS ASSESSMENT||Pre-K – 3 students|
Personalized Learning Journey
Before using MAP, we were missing the full picture of how to teach kids who were gifted and talented, or struggling to learn, or were English language learners. But now we know what our students are ready to learn before we even begin teaching them. We weren’t expecting to see such consistent, major growth for our students across the board.
NWEA tests help create a personal learning journey for your child
Imagine your child’s classroom. Every day, teachers assess (test) their students’ knowledge in a number of ways: questions, projects, homework, quizzes, and more. When your child gets something wrong, the teacher works to help your child understand the lesson. And when your child gets something right, the teacher moves on to the next learning goal.
Because educators founded NWEA, we know that teachers who understand each child’s learning successes and struggles can help every student learn better—and faster.
That’s why our assessments react to each student’s answers. In the testing world, this makes our tests “adaptive,” or personalized to measure the needs of every student.
- If your child answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question.
- If your child answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question
While results from end-of-year summative assessments arrive in the summer, NWEA computer adaptive tests provide immediate results. This lets teachers use the information from MAP, CPAA, and Skills Navigator ™ throughout the school year to help create a unique learning plan for your child.
Educators share what's great about MAP growth data
For our featured educators, MAP growth data is a must-have in the classroom and beyond
Thank you to our interviewees: Daniel Fallon, Director of Accountability, Beaufort County (South Carolina) School District; Dr. Sarah McKenzie, Director of Assessment, Research & Accountability, Fayetteville Public Schools, Arkansas; Amy Mims, President, Atlantic Research Partners.
Quick, accurate results from NWEA tests make a difference for students
Use test results to speed up, focus, or change a student’s learning goals
Work with their teachers to set learning goals and celebrate growth
Understand their child’s learning goals and progress — as well as how the right at-home activities can help boost school success
Our kids love CPAA. Our teachers love it. It’s a win-win. Parents are impressed to know that their children are receiving an individualized, developmentally appropriate and engaging learning experience with the help of this program.
Types of Assessments
Fixed form and single-grade adaptive tests give limited information
- No valid way to measure high- and low-performing students
- Only tells teacher if student is proficient or not proficient
- Limited use in personalizing teaching or lessons
- Requires longer tests and longer testing times
Cross-grade computer adaptive tests like MAP give more information
- All students are assessed on what they know—no matter their grade level
- Teachers learn more about the student, including growth from term-to-term and year-to-year
- Parents and students can help set more accurate learning goals and prepare for high stakes end-of-year state assessments
Why Our Assessments?
Parents and educators speak out on the purpose of assessments
The study For Every Child, Multiple Measures shows that parents and educators both understand the value of interim assessments like Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Here’s what they’re looking for in assessments.
- Test data that track every student’s performance on a variety of subjects and skills
- Quick, precise results teachers can use in the classroom to help each child learn
- Information that shows if a student is ready to take the next step in his or her learning journey
- Ways to determine the skills students need for college and career
Your child’s test results
If you have questions about your child’s test, the school can provide information specific to their test results. NWEA cares about data privacy, and cannot provide information about individual student assessment results.