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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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  • 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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  • 4 equity ideas for revamping testing post-COVID

    4 equity ideas for revamping testing post-COVID

    Here are strategies for using assessment results to improve outcomes, provide interventions and distribute resources

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  • Javurek: ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Initiative Was a Great Idea, But the Execution Was Flawed. Here’s How the Ed Department Can Fix It

    Javurek: ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Initiative Was a Great Idea, But the Execution Was Flawed. Here’s How the Ed Department Can Fix It

    When the federal government created the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) in 2015 as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it was widely hailed as a positive and hopeful...

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  • 7 predictions about fall back-to-school with COVID

    7 predictions about fall back-to-school with COVID

    Although promising signs indicate the COVID pandemic is becoming more manageable, it's reasonable to expect the back-to-school season to look different

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  • Alternatives to Standardized Tests During a Pandemic Year

    Alternatives to Standardized Tests During a Pandemic Year

    What are alternatives to giving standardized tests in the middle of a pandemic?

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  • Inspiring Student Ownership of Learning is a Critical Part of COVID-19 Recovery

    Inspiring Student Ownership of Learning is a Critical Part of COVID-19 Recovery

    It is hard to believe that it has been a year since our education system was thrust into the throws of the COVID-19 pandemic, causing unprecedented disruption to schools and changing teaching...

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  • US schools prepare summer of learning to help kids catch up

    US schools prepare summer of learning to help kids catch up

    After a dreary year spent largely at home in front of the computer, many U.S. children could be looking at summer school — and that’s just what many parents want.

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  • The tutoring revolution: How it could transform education

    The tutoring revolution: How it could transform education

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