Help all kids learn with an easy-to-use, engaging classroom assessment tool
Discover classroom assessment that makes a real difference for students and teachers with Skills Navigator®. Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) worked closely with educators to design this engaging tool that helps teachers close achievement gaps, use data to guide instruction, and support kids with diverse needs. Designed for grades K – 8, Skills Navigator helps you easily accomplish four key tasks: identify the skills students are ready to learn, check evidence of skill mastery, monitor student progress toward mastery, and provide instructional resources to meet students’ specific needs—on, above, or below grade level.
|GRADE RANGE||Covers K-8 skills; suitable for all grade levels working on those skills|
|STRUCTURE||Cross-grade; provides measurement of students who perform on, above, and below grade level|
|RECOMMENDED USE||As often as necessary to assess skills and monitor progress|
|TEST TIME||Five to 15 minutes|
|PROGRESS MONITORING USE||Designed for Tier II Response to Intervention (RTI) i Built on the principles of a Response to Intervention (RTI) mastery measure progress monitor as defined by the National Center for Intensive Intervention (NCII). progress monitoring programs|
|SUBJECTS||Math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and language usage|
|ITEM POOL||Nearly 10,000 high-quality multiple-choice and common-stimulus items|
|PROPRIETARY SKILLS FRAMEWORK||Research-informed progression of skills built around a logical instructional sequence, designed by NWEA education experts|
|INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES||Includes online instructional resources, expertly curated and aligned directly to the skills a student needs to learn|
|NUMBER OF SKILLS COVERED||Measures over 1,000 skills that build foundations for college and career readiness|
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Skills Navigator supports educators and students with assessments that make a difference in learning.
Help students with diverse needs
Close achievement gaps
Use data to inform instruction
Monitor progress for every student
How it works
How Skills Navigator works
Make timely instructional decisions for students with diverse learning needs. The Skills Locator precisely identifies the skills each student is ready to work on in 15 minutes or less. Assesses math, language usage, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills that build toward college and career readiness. Computer adaptive to accurately assess students performing on, above, or below grade level.
Quickly check for skill mastery with a five-minute (or less) test. The Mastery Check is remarkably efficient, so you can focus your time on teaching the skills students are ready to learn. If a skill is mastered, you know right away that it’s time to teach the next one. If it’s not, you can easily assign curated instructional resources to teach that skill.
The data you need to inform instruction is at your fingertips, facilitating key instructional and administrative decisions for students with diverse needs. This allows students to engage with the skills they’re ready to learn, for teachers to get a clear picture of how their classrooms are performing, and for administrators to make critical resource decisions.
Skills Navigator rests on a proprietary skills framework developed by the education experts at NWEA. The skills framework contains over 1,000 skills that build foundations for college and career readiness in math, language usage, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The skills are organized into strands that identify a precise area of learning. The skills in each strand are arranged in a logical instructional sequence for grades K – 8.
MAP integration for a seamless assessment solution
Already using Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®)? You’ll find Skills Navigator to be an intuitive extension of your assessment suite.
- Save time on testing—Skills Navigator seamlessly integrates your MAP data, giving you a starting point for each student
- Save time in the classroom—skill strands in Skills Navigator align directly to MAP goal areas, so you can immediately start differentiating instruction based on the goals you’ve identified from RIT score
- Save time on set-up: built on the same stable universal assessment platform as MAP, so your student data are already there, system requirements and compatibilities are the same, and you get a single roster solution
Links to instruction tailored to each student’s needs
See the skills a student needs to work on and immediately assign differentiated instruction to help every student grow. Skills Navigator provides direct links to curated educational resources for every skill measured.
- The resources are curated by Knovation®, so you can be certain what you assign is high-quality, relevant, and appropriately aligned to grade and standard.
- These resources are available for you to assign and students to work on from anywhere with an internet connection—even at home
- Students can see all their assigned instructional resources from their dashboards, making it easy to get started on their learning anytime, anyplace
- You can track which instructional resources any student has accessed
Progress Monitoring for RTI
Progress monitoring for RTI—an essential tool
Skills Navigator is built on the principles of a Response to Intervention (RTI) progress monitor i The National Center on Intensive Intervention defines progress monitoring as: “repeated measurement of academic performance for the purpose of helping schools individualize instructional programs for students in grades K-12 who have intensive instructional needs. For this purpose, progress monitoring is collected weekly to assess whether student progress is adequate to meet the student’s instructional goal. If not, the teacher adjusts the instructional program to better meet the student’s needs and continues to monitor progress. This process recurs throughout intervention to formatively develop an effective, individually tailored instructional program.” for measuring skills mastery as defined by the National Center for Intensive Intervention (NCII). Skills Navigator allows you to understand, at a glance, which students are responding to remediation efforts and which students need increased levels of intervention. As a Tier II progress monitoring tool, Skills Navigator helps educators:
Frequently monitor progress of students in RTI programs—as often as needed
Direct students to instructional resources tailored to exactly what they’re ready to learn
Assess the effectiveness of the interventions in your RTI programs with solid student performance data