There are no shortages of great stories of schools and districts leveraging MAP® Growth™ assessment data to move the needle on student learning. Most begin in elementary and middle school, but don’t tell Southwest Local School District in Ohio that. They started with effective student intervention at the high school level and then expanded their MAP Growth use across all students and grade levels. How did they do that?
You can credit a team of people along with assistant superintendent Corinne Hayes, who became assistant principal of the high school in 2013 – the same year that Southwest Local implemented MAP Growth. As she recounts:
I’ve always been a data girl. The MAP Growth reports really opened my eyes to some schoolwide issues. Even though I had worked in the building for 16 years, I never had any idea we had these problems. I was very concerned about these kids moving forward—especially since this was high school. What was the next step going to be for these students?
That data showed that literacy was a considerable challenge for the school’s students – and would ultimately impact their ability to get to graduation. Some students were significantly below grade level with an urgent need for intervention. Hayes presented MAP Growth data points to convince district leadership of the need for new programming. From there, Hayes knew there was more the district could learn by examining their data. After the district realized success in targeting individual students for intervention, administrators wanted to find out more about what was happening at the classroom level.
Hayes also wanted to be sure that all kids benefited from improvements. As she states:
Not just those who were in the bottom 20 percent, but what could we do for all kids to make their experience in high school a successful one. Our focus became student growth overall, and our kids started growing at an unusual rate.
Later, upon a recommendation from one of the high school teachers, they started incorporating ACT® correlations into goals for their high school students. Hayes noticed RIT scores going up because students wanted to hit their ACT-correlated goal.
With teacher buy-in and great results across grade levels, Hayes now expands the district’s data use each year. Using the MAP Growth learning continuum statements and the NWEA study linking MAP Growth scores to Ohio state test scores, she created a resource for teachers featuring learning statements for each of the five performance levels used in Ohio. Teachers can see specifically how to move groups of students from one level up to the next – she calls this their “elevator strategy.” The tactic has achieved great results.
As Hayes concludes:
Not just with a handful of students, but we have been able to move whole groups of students within each performance level up to the next level, and in some cases, even up multiple levels. Our staff has fully embraced MAP Growth. It helps to support our mission, which is academic and social growth for all students every day.
To read the complete story of Ohio’s Southwest Local School District success with MAP Growth, download the case study here.