Standards Alignment & More
Learn more about all our alignment efforts and our work with the national and state Common Core standards. For International schools click here.
|ALIGNED TO INDIVIDUAL STATE STANDARDS||Measures of Academic Progress (MAP, MAP for Primary Grades, and MAP for Science); Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA); Skills Pointer|
|ALIGNED TO COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS||Measures of Academic Progress (MAP and MAP for Primary Grades); Skills Navigator; Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA); Skills Pointer|
|ALIGNED TO NATIONAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL STANDARDS||Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA)|
|ALIGNED TO NATIONAL SCIENCE STANDARDS||MAP for Science|
|LINKING STUDIES AVAILABLE||Measures of Academic Progress (MAP and MAP for Primary Grades)|
NWEA assessments have you—and your state’s standards—covered
Educators need assessment data that meet their unique needs, data they can interpret and use to assess and inform instruction. To help boost academic achievement and growth across the U.S., we rigorously align Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) , Skills Navigator™, Children’s Progress Academic Assessment™ (CPAA™), and Skills Pointer® to state content standards, including the Common Core State Standards.
You’ll be able to track progress toward proficiency—regardless of changes to standards.
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If we didn’t have MAP, we’d have no idea what to expect from and how to prepare for our state-mandated test, ISTEP+. It’s not so prescriptive that teachers lose the ability to differentiate and do what they know is right in the classroom. But they do gain meaningful insight into the way students learn, so they can best support them in meeting growth targets and passing important tests.
Our Alignment Process
Whatever state you’re in, take confidence from our thoroughness
Standards define skills and concepts students are expected to master, and test item alignment—defined and bounded by the standards—follows from this. Our alignment process ensures that every item reflects standards content precisely.
Items (questions) must measure student achievement and growth fairly and accurately
Items must address a level of understanding expected for the mastery of the content of that standard
The items should match the difficulty required by the standards
The assessment must employ a stable scale that identifies the difficulty of the items, so student scores can be compared even when standards (and test items) change
Discover data that provide a reliable indicator of student success on state summative assessments
Identify student performance on—and curriculum gaps against—state standards
Evaluate academic programs, inform professional development planning, and use data to develop achievable growth projections
Determine whether—and how—the implementation of higher standards, revised curricula, and new assessments is changing student performance
Nobody currently knows what college and career readiness scores on PARCC and Smarter Balanced will eventually be, but we can make educated guesses. Learn more about state studies that provide a preliminary indication of what college and career readiness may look like for MAP users.
All content in Children’s Progress Academic Assessment™ (CPAA™) aligns with Common Core State Standards as well as the rigorous standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Additionally, CPAA offers state-specific versions for many states, with content aligned to that state’s specific learning.
Do you have the context you need to track your students’ progress on new, rigorous state standards? Learn why quality interim assessments provide three kinds of data comparability—horizontal, vertical, and longitudinal. Discover how you can use your data to help inform instruction, monitor progress toward proficiency, and see how your students’ achievement compares to those across the nation.
Use MAP as a bridge between prior and current standards
Our Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) linking studies provide growth and status data that are stable and comparable even as state standards change.
Monitor your students’ progress toward the proficiency standards for your state
Identify growth patterns and trends, and gain insights into students’ growth trajectories
Inform decision-making at all levels with linking studies that transcend changes in standards
Establish student goal-setting around achieving proficiency or qualifying for advanced learning opportunities
Next steps: See how NWEA assessments align with your state’s rigorous standards
- NWEA helps international schools measure student growth
- National Common Core
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia