Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

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Here are the ten most popular blog posts from 2017.

11 Talking Points for Teachers Preparing Students for MAP® Growth™

As school gets back underway and students get into their groove, teachers begin to think about winter testing. Many schools administer the MAP Growth K – 12 interim assessment around this time of year to gather information on student learning that gives them the data needed to make informed instructional decisions. Getting students ready for MAP Growth is not difficult, but there are some steps teachers can take to prepare them for the assessment.

I Took the MAP Growth Test and Here’s What Happened

Blogger Fenesha Hubbard wanted to get more insight into students’ views of MAP Growth, and a better understanding of how to include parents in the conversation, so she took the assessment. Keep reading to see how that went!

12 Common Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Growth Assessment

At NWEA, we work with thousands of schools and districts across the U.S. and in 145 countries around the world. Since we reach millions of students each year, there’s a pretty good chance that your students will take a MAP Growth assessment some time in their school career. It’s natural that parents would have questions about MAP Growth – what it is, how it works, and why their son or daughter is taking it.

Resources for Bringing Mathematical Practices Into Your Classroom

Putting mathematical processes and practices at the forefront of lesson planning can increase students’ understanding and engagement. This may require a significant shift for some teachers, and it can be hard to know where to start.

Preparing for MAP Growth | 20 Tips for Parents

MAP Growth is an assessment given to K–12 students that provides data to help teachers teach, students learn, and administrators lead. As students approach the MAP Growth test, their teachers are helping them prepare. Parents can also play a role in helping their child get ready for the test, and this post provides some tips.

Rebooting Your Classroom – Five Ways Formative Assessment Can Help

At the start of a new year, as you look for ways to enhance or adapt your teaching to accommodate new curricula or standards, blogger Kathy Dyer encourages you to look at formative assessment as a way to reinvigorate your teaching and your students’ learning. Here are five ways formative assessment can reboot your classroom.

Moving Aside the Assessment Fog

When driving, fog may cause tension, miscalculation, hesitation, or lack of visibility. Assessment (and the use of the data or results) may do the same thing. How can we be sure we use assessment results as a support for learning and use them accurately?

Four Formative Assessment Instructional Practices that Drive Student Growth

From the research and from Kathy Dyer’s experience supporting teachers in being more formative with their instruction, here are three foundational practices, along with the fourth that is integral to each of the other three.

Fall MAP Growth Testing – Five Things for Teachers to Consider2017 Teachers of the Year - Leading from the Classroom - Podcasts

Beyond getting back into the teaching rhythm, teachers need to start thinking about the best ways to prepare their students for fall testing, as many schools will soon be delivering a MAP Growth assessment. Here are five things for teachers to consider as they prepare for MAP Growth testing in the fall.

Measuring Student Growth: What is Scale and What Does Stability Mean?

Measuring student growth is a crucial part of an educator’s role, and the stability of a measurement scale over time is necessary in order to measure that growth accurately. So what is a scale, and what does stability mean?

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How to prepare kids for testing

Assessment data is most useful when students are able to give their best effort on a test. There’s a lot you can do to set them up for success—even when testing remotely.

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Set goals for growth and mastery

Ready to set some goals for your students, classroom, or school? Download our guide for quick tips, perspectives from educators, and printable resources.

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A small step for big gains in equity

Academic success can depend largely on what kids learn by third grade. The right assessment empowers teachers to differentiate instruction as early as kindergarten, so no one gets left behind.

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