Last week, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) approved the MAP Growth System and Skills Checklists from NWEA as assessments to support the state’s Early Literacy Initiative. (MAP Growth System and Skills Checklists are part of MAP Growth K-2). Starting this fall, districts can use these assessment solutions from NWEA to screen early learners and measure their academic performance and growth.
Because the MAP Growth System is tightly aligned with Michigan’s K-3 English Language Arts standards, it can help teachers determine if students are on track for the third grade, as well as predict how they may perform on state tests. NWEA is a longtime partner of many schools and districts in Michigan, providing assessment solutions to nearly half of all school-aged children in the state.
Today, nearly half of all students in Michigan already use MAP Growth.
“NWEA is the absolute backbone to our success,” says Joe Powers, Superintendent of the Crawford AuSable School District in Grayling, Michigan. “MAP Growth is the tool that allows us to say, ‘Every kid has to have growth.’ In our district, it’s not about bringing every kid up to a minimum level. It’s about taking each kid to his or her highest levels.”
MAP Growth provides educators with timely, valid, and reliable data to inform instruction and benchmark student academic growth. Because it is computer adaptive, MAP Growth dynamically adjusts to each student’s performance, creating a personalized assessment experience that identifies what a student knows and what he or she is ready to learn next.
Research shows that reading on grade level by the end of third grade is a strong indicator of long-term academic achievement and that a student will eventually graduate from high school. Michigan’s Early Literacy Initiative was created to directly address this issue, and MDE convened a group of stakeholders to determine assessments that could specifically support the implementation of the effort.
NWEA CEO Matt Chapman said, “We’re proud to be selected as a provider of high-quality early literacy assessments in Michigan, as well as in a number of other states, including Arkansas, Arizona, and Nevada. We look forward to working with more Michigan teachers to help them best use assessment data to support the learning, growth, and literacy skills development of their young students.”
You can learn more about MAP Growth and Early Learning here on our blog.