Our first webinar in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) series took place on March 11th and you can read participant feedback here. The next webinar in the series, titled MAP Connections to College and Career Readiness, took place in April and generated some interesting discussion.
We first set out to define what college and career readiness meant, and all the participants nailed the essential elements. These two definitions encompass the participants’ thoughts:
The level of preparation a student needs in order to enroll and succeed—without remediation—in a credit-bearing course at a postsecondary institution that offers a baccalaureate degree or transfer to a baccalaureate program, or in a high‐quality certificate program that enables students to enter a career pathway with potential future advancement. (David T Conley, PhD; CEO, Educational Policy Improvement Center; Professor, University of Oregon)
Being College and Career Ready means that an individual has the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for success in postsecondary education and economically viable career pathways in a 21st century economy. (Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education)
We then shared two studies that helped link MAP to the college readiness benchmarks inherent with other tests to help teachers and administrators find common ground with MAP data and to better use the assessment data in the classroom. The first study – A Study of the Alignment of the RIT Scales of NWEA’s MAP® Assessments with the College Readiness Benchmarks of EXPLORE®, PLAN®, and ACT® – might be of value to MAP users, so be sure to bookmark it.
The second study is from our Kingsbury Center research group, and should also help you make the connection between MAP and college readiness benchmarks: A Level Playing Field: College Readiness Standards.
We closed the webinar with participants sharing some ideas and tips on helping high school teachers use assessment data in conferencing with students. Here are some great thoughts from that discussion:
When beginning goal setting conversations, we encourage teachers to share the data with students. Discuss how their scores compare with the Nationally Representative Norm Sample; Proficiency on the HSPE, and compare with college and career ready info. Yes, we do encourage using DesCartes to begin conversations about specifics; however, always remembering that the most effective goal setting is day in day out when feedback can be given and goals and strategies revised.
After every MAP testing session (fall, winter, spring) our math and English teachers meet with individual students and the students develop their own goals on how they not only can reach their MAP goal, but to go above their MAP goal as well.
Understand how the MAP assessment data align with common summative and formative assessments within the classroom and how can those two data points be used in conferencing to improve student performance in that classroom setting.
Feedback from the webinar series was positive and we look forward to introducing more topics in May and June. Stay tuned for more and be sure to continue reading our blog.