Putting Data to Work to Inform Instruction

Putting Data to Work to Inform InstructionWhat good is having a whole lot of data unless you know what to do with it? Once you know what to do, you realize how you can shape your instruction to meet each student exactly where they are and help them achieve academic growth. We hear teachers all over say, “Okay, I have my student’s data, so now what?” To answer that question, NWEA® created the Instructional Connections program that lets popular supplemental instruction tools use MAP Growth data to create individual learning paths for each student.

Interested in seeing how it works? Amy Bodie, a 5th grade teacher from Central Elementary School in Pickens County School District, SC, and Judy Teevan, Curriculum and Research Director at Classworks, will be presenting a Fusion session that focuses on exactly what this looks like in action. Amy will show how the partnership between NWEA and Classworks enables her to put MAP Growth data to work to individualize learning for all her students. But how does she do it?

Amy says, “I use the data from MAP Growth and the assigned lessons from Classworks to help my students strengthen needed math skills. The MAP Growth assessment paired with Classworks instruction provides both the data and a plan to help each student succeed. Plus, I can start putting all the test data I have available to work immediately for all my students. That frees up more valuable teaching time that I can use to monitor and teach my grade level standards.”

Putting Data to Work to Inform Instruction - BLOCK-QUOTE-10312017In a nutshell, Classworks analyzes MAP Growth data and delivers individualized lessons for students based on the skills they are ready to learn in the Learning Continuum. Students can immediately engage in Classworks’ research-based instruction matched to their needs. The learning paths are automatically generated by Classworks, with added flexibility for teachers to customize them for each student. For teachers, Classworks’ close integration with high-quality assessments like MAP Growth means they no longer have to generate individualized assignments themselves, allowing additional time for monitoring and conferencing.

Tweet: Putting Data to Work to Inform Instruction https://ctt.ec/87Rgn+ #edchat #MAPGrowth #NWEAFusionAt our Fusion user conference, sessions on Instructional Connections provide small peer groups a place to participate in discussions and share unique stories about how you individualize instruction for students using data. You’ll learn from other teacher’s experiences, and they in turn will learn from you.

And Classworks is just one example of how you can use assessment data to better support student learning. NWEA allows you to connect data from MAP Growth to a wide variety of instructional content and resources, making it easier for you to differentiate instruction for students with diverse needs and improve learning outcomes.

We collaborate with the industry’s most extensive array of instructional partners to help schools and districts get more from tools they are already using, like Odysseyware, Edgenuity, Edmentum®, Carnegie Learning™, Khan Academy, and many more. And, because MAP Growth isn’t tied to a specific curriculum offering, you can be sure you’re getting an independent validation of student learning.

Learn more about how to use your MAP Growth data in conjunction with our Instructional Connections if you are joining us at Fusion Ft. Lauderdale, November 9-10, 2017. During the two days together, we’ll explore how data-informed cultures help drive student—and school—performance to new heights. In addition to learning how to make the most of MAP Growth data, your teaching and leadership teams will be part of a bigger goal: helping create a world where personalized learning paths make the most of each and every student’s potential. And stay tuned on our blog for more examples of how to put your student data to work with our Instructional Connections!