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  • NWEA Releases Research and Recommendations on Preparing Early Learners Impacted by the Post-COVID “Kindergarten Bubble”

    NWEA Releases Research and Recommendations on Preparing Early Learners Impacted by the Post-COVID “Kindergarten Bubble”

    Greater age differences, wider skills disparities, and less pre-K preparation will be among challenges faced by districts, schools and kindergarten teachers this fall Portland, Ore. — April 12,...

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  • Could summer school catch kids up after a disrupted year? Here’s what experts say

    Could summer school catch kids up after a disrupted year? Here’s what experts say

    Principal Margot Zahner’s vision for summer enrichment at Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia, grows clearer every week.

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  • Decoding the Divide: Pandemic highlights struggles, silver linings of digital special education

    Decoding the Divide: Pandemic highlights struggles, silver linings of digital special education

    All the work to carefully plan and execute students' individualized education programs had to be completely rethought when schools switched to virtual learning last year.

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  • A Problem for Math Teachers: Solving the Dilemma of Learning Lost to a Year of Zoom

    A Problem for Math Teachers: Solving the Dilemma of Learning Lost to a Year of Zoom

    Christopher Ochoa of McAllen, Texas, has loved mathematics since he was a young child, his interest fueled by summer-time math camps and trips to Space Center Houston.

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  • 4 challenges–and solutions–around assessments and accountability

    4 challenges–and solutions–around assessments and accountability

    A new report proposes federal and state actions to address immediate and long-term improvements related to assessments and accountability

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  • Library Summer Reading Programs Can Help Combat COVID Slide

    Library Summer Reading Programs Can Help Combat COVID Slide

    In a year when the usual summer slide in learning has stretched into a school-year slide, librarians say it is more important than ever to make reading a part of every child’s summer, especially...

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  • Analysis: This Spring Testing Season, States Must Gather Data That Ensures Every Student Has the Opportunity to Learn

    Analysis: This Spring Testing Season, States Must Gather Data That Ensures Every Student Has the Opportunity to Learn

    As the U.S. Department of Education responds to states’ assessment waiver requests, the debate around the role statewide exams should play in the pandemic recovery continues to intensify.

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  • How Will The Kindergarten Bubble Impact School Funding?

    How Will The Kindergarten Bubble Impact School Funding?

    The numbers are getting clearer; a lack of early learners enrolled in public schools in 2021 is creating a Kindergarten bubble. This could potentially lead to various issues, one of which is...

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  • First-of-its kind, innovative assessment system coming to Alaska

    First-of-its kind, innovative assessment system coming to Alaska

    NWEA will partner with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to implement a balanced assessment system that supports excellent instruction and fulfills federal accountability...

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  • New Research from NWEA Shows Students with Disabilities Grow in Reading and Math Similar to Students Without Disabilities

    New Research from NWEA Shows Students with Disabilities Grow in Reading and Math Similar to Students Without Disabilities

    Highlighting learning patterns that challenge long-standing deficit narratives and low expectations of the academic potential of students with disabilities.   Portland, Ore.  and Washington, D.C....

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  • A Schoolwide Focus on Improving Students’ Reading Skills

    A Schoolwide Focus on Improving Students’ Reading Skills

    Differentiated instruction was the key when an elementary school sought more equitable outcomes in students’ growth as readers.

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  • For high school seniors, return to campus is a trip back in time

    For high school seniors, return to campus is a trip back in time

    It’s another week of transitions for California students.

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  • The debate over how to handle kids’ “lost year” of learning

    The debate over how to handle kids’ “lost year” of learning

    Some want to hold students back. Experts say there’s a better way.

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  • Kindergarten Might Be a Mess This Fall Because of Pandemic Redshirting

    Kindergarten Might Be a Mess This Fall Because of Pandemic Redshirting

    This could be a kindergarten class like no other: large, disparately educated, and differently prepared for the challenges of school.

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  • This Week’s ESSA News: Florida Strips Consequences From Spring Tests, Feds Approve DC Plans to Scrap Assessments, Idaho’s Failure in Providi

    This Week’s ESSA News: Florida Strips Consequences From Spring Tests, Feds Approve DC Plans to Scrap Assessments, Idaho’s Failure in Providi

    Abby Javurek, a vice president at prominent national nonprofit assessment provider NWEA, wrote a recent piece taking a closer look at ESSA’s Innovative Assessment provisions, arguing that the...

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  • How One Texas District is Combating Learning Loss

    How One Texas District is Combating Learning Loss

    To fight learning loss among online and in-person students, Pasadena ISD is using a multitiered strategy

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  • Five strategies for combating learning loss

    Five strategies for combating learning loss

    As an Executive Director of Curriculum for Pasadena Independent School District in the greater Houston area, I have wrestled with two seemingly opposite forces during the pandemic.

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  • 3 keys for success as ‘kindergarten bubble’ looms

    3 keys for success as ‘kindergarten bubble’ looms

    Kindergarten and some first-grade classrooms could see greater skill and age differences

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  • NWEA’s MAP Accelerator Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best Foundational Mathematics Instructional Solution

    NWEA’s MAP Accelerator Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best Foundational Mathematics Instructional Solution

    MAP Accelerator is an innovative education tool informed by MAP Growth data and powered by Khan Academy   Portland, Ore. – May 10, 2021 – NWEA, a not-for-profit, research-based provider...

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  • NWEA Launches “The Continuing Educator” Podcast Exploring Professional Learning Strategies for the Post-Covid Era

    NWEA Launches “The Continuing Educator” Podcast Exploring Professional Learning Strategies for the Post-Covid Era

    Season one to focus on grading for learning, grading policies, formative assessment and more Portland, Ore. — April 26, 2021 — NWEA, a not-for-profit research and assessment provider, announced...

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  • Report: Prepare now for predicted kindergarten 'bubble'

    Report: Prepare now for predicted kindergarten 'bubble'

    This fall’s kindergarten cohort and some 1st grade classes could have greater age differences and skill disparities, according to a new NWEA report.

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