NWEA statement regarding remote testing in New York City schools this spring
June 1, 2020
We recognize that schools across the nation are making incredible efforts to continue teaching, and that they need data to inform instruction. Even though, on a broad level, we do not recommend that schools do remote testing this spring, we do understand why schools are asking for the option. The decision to do remote testing should be heavily considered on a district by district basis, and should factor in ensuring test integrity, equity of access and usage of the data as well as the social-emotional impact on students. Depending on the district, these considerations may be difficult to implement while also continuing to grapple with the on-going pandemic.
New York City Department of Education has decided to conduct MAP Growth testing remotely this spring as an option for schools. Their decision is in collaboration and consultation with NWEA and is based on an in-depth list of recommendations we provided so they could fully consider whether remote MAP Growth testing is an option in NYC schools. The list included recommendations addressing test integrity, security, equity, and usage. In addition, we recommended NYCDOE prioritize establishing policy, guidance, and communications to address the following, at a minimum:
- Using the data only to inform instruction and not for high-stakes purposes like school performance or teacher evaluations.
- Giving the assessments to schools and grades who have taken the MAP Growth assessment in the fall and winter.
- Making testing optional. Teachers will decide whether to assess their students.