All of the authors here at Teach. Learn. Grow. would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. It’s been another fantastic year, and as it comes to a close, we wanted to share our ten most popular posts. Happy New Year to all of you!
The Ultimate List – 65 Digital Tools and Apps to Support Formative Assessment Practices
There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers (and students) who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms. We’ve compiled an extensive list of 65 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help teachers use formative assessment to elicit evidence of student learning.
4 Questions to Consider When Winter Test Scores Drop
As a classroom teacher using MAP Growth data, and in her years with NWEA, Tami Hunter has addressed the question about what it means when scores go down with many parents and educators. She admits it felt a little strange to be explaining it as the parent to the teacher instead of the other way around.
What You Need to Know When Establishing Success Criteria in the Classroom
Establishing success criteria allows students to support each other and take responsibility for their own learning by helping them accurately and appropriately evaluate learning against shared expectations and make any necessary adjustments to the learning. Students become activated as learners, as Kathy Dyer explains in this post.
7 Ways to Prepare for MAP Growth
While there’s never only one way to prepare for an assessment, we have accumulated some best practices over the years. Here are seven best practices to help you prepare for the MAP Growth assessment.
12 Questions Parents Ask About the MAP Growth Assessment
It’s natural that parents have questions about MAP Growth – what it is, how it works, and why their son or daughter is taking it. So, to help you in your conversations about MAP Growth, we’ve gathered the top 12 questions parents ask us regarding the test.
Introducing MAP Reading Fluency for K-3 Readers
MAP Reading Fluency is another way to help teachers tailor instruction to their students’ different needs. We were excited to bring this new, K-3 oral reading assessment to educators in 2018.
Summer Learning Loss: What We Know and What We’re Learning
It is widely understood that on average students lose academic ground during the summer, a phenomenon frequently referred to as “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.” But there are significant gaps in our research about summer learning loss that should compel us to take fresh – and deeper – looks at the phenomenon. Read what NWEA researcher Megan Kuhfeld, PhD, is exploring on the topic of summer learning loss.
Why NWEA Invalidates MAP Growth Tests for Rapid Guessing
At NWEA, we are constantly seeking ways to improve the accuracy and validity of our assessments. That is why we pioneered the use of computer adaptive tests in schools; it is why we are meticulous in aligning our tests to standards; and it is why we have criteria to invalidate a test if there is evidence that the score would be unreliable. We have always invalidated MAP Growth assessments with abnormally high standard error of measurement, and we invalidate tests completed in under six minutes. Dr. John Cronin explains further in this post.
Eight Daily Classroom Data Sources to Empower Student-Directed Learning
Daniel Venables provides eight sources of daily classroom data which can help inform instruction and guide teachers in making modifications to that instruction; this is classic formative assessment. Kathy Dyer’s twist on these is how these eight data sources can provide students with information that helps them become better learners and take more ownership of their learning.
New Student Assessment Engagement Metrics in MAP Growth Reporting – What You Need to Know
As Dr. Nate Jensen explains, new metrics will inform educators about what percentage of items from a student’s test event were rapidly guessed, and what the estimated impact of that rapid guessing was on a student’s final RIT score. When combined with the notification system that alerts proctors when students are disengaged, these features should provide educators with actionable information about a student’s overall engagement during a test.
We look forward to another fantastic year ahead! Thanks for reading!