Happy Holidays – Top Ten Posts of 2016

Happy Holidays – Top Ten Posts of 2016The blog authors here at Teach. Learn. Grow. would like to wish all of our readers a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season! Our blog continues to grow in every category our authors write about, including MAP and interim assessments, formative assessment, classroom tips, and more. As we continue to evolve our blog and the topics we cover, we wanted to share the top ten posts from this year.

1. Answers to the Top 6 Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Test

It’s natural that parents would have questions about MAP – what it is, how it works, and what they can learn from the results. To help educators familiarize parents with MAP, we’ve gathered the top questions parents ask us regarding MAP.

2. Take Three! 55 Digital Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success

There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative assessment in their classrooms. Here is an updated version of our popular list of digital tools and apps for formative assessment success.

3. Six Steps to Formative Assessment Success in the Classroom

Formative assessment may be a buzzword in education these days, but it’s more than that; it will bring together all of the things you do as a teacher to help transform all students into learners who are active participants in their own education.

4. Top 5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Testing

In preparation for spring testing, we worked with our partner support team to provide answers to common questions at the beginning of testing season.

5. Measuring Growth and Understanding Negative Growth

A student gets measured once, then after an appropriate amount of time, gets measured again. If the student’s measured result (or MAP score) has changed over that time period, then that change is interpreted as growth.

6. Seven Cardinal Rules When Reporting MAP to Parents

The MAP results that are indispensable to your planning and efforts to guide all of your students suddenly take on new value, as an informed parent can be the most valuable partner in a student’s growth.

7. The SLO Mid-Year Checkpoint: 3 Questions to Help You Determine if You’re on Track

Now that you or your teachers have had your Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) in place for a few months, it’s a great time to do a mid-year check-in and evaluate how far all students have come, as well as identify specific steps that can help everyone keep moving toward attaining those challenging goals.

8. Four Key Elements of a Quality Assessment Toolbox for RTI

Our tiered system of intervention is wounded and in need of support; so, let’s unpack where we see the disconnects, and suggest some ways to rectify this situation.

9. Three Ways to Put Assessment Data to Work in the Classroom

Data is a powerful teaching tool! Assessment data – whether from formative assessment or interim assessments like Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) – when put into the hands of teachers and school leaders to inform instructional decisions is what gives assessment its power.

10. How Many Students and Schools Actually Make a Year and a Half of Growth During a Year?

If all students are going to be college and career ready, many have a lot of catching up to do. And one question NWEA researchers are frequently asked is, “What is a reasonable growth target for schools serving students who have fallen behind?”

We look forward to another fantastic year ahead — thanks for reading!

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