This week, the Arkansas Department of Education announced that it has selected NWEA as a Qualified Vendor for the state’s K-2 assessment program. Starting this fall, schools can use the NWEA Arkansas K-2 Assessment Solution, modeled on the MAP Growth assessment, and used to screen young students and measure their academic performance and growth in the early grades.
NWEA has a long-standing partnership with many schools and districts in Arkansas, providing teachers with timely, valid, and reliable MAP Growth assessment data to benchmark growth and inform instruction, including enrichment and remediation. Today, one in five students in Arkansas already uses and benefits from MAP Growth assessments.
“Today, one in five students in Arkansas already uses MAP Growth.”
“Educators in our district find the MAP Growth assessment to be an incredibly useful tool for measuring student growth,” said Melody Morgan, director of accountability and assessment at Springdale Public Schools in Springdale, Arkansas. “High-quality measures of early learning are not necessarily easy to find, so we’re excited to start using NWEA’s K-2 Assessment Solution to help us ensure our K-2 students are on track for success.”
“High-quality measures of early learning are not necessarily easy to find, so we’re excited to start using NWEA’s K-2 Assessment Solution.”
Research shows that reading on grade level by the end of third grade is a strong indicator of both long-term academic achievement and whether or not a student will eventually graduate from high school. Because the NWEA Arkansas K-2 Assessment Solution is tightly aligned with the Arkansas Academic Standards for Grades K-2 in English Language Arts and Mathematics, it can help teachers determine if students are on track for third grade, as well as predict how they may perform on state tests.
NWEA CEO Matt Chapman said, “We look forward to partnering with more schools and districts throughout Arkansas, and to working with teachers to help them best use their assessment data to make informed instructional decisions to support the learning and growth of their young students.”
You can learn more about MAP Growth and Early Learning here on our blog.