Do high flyers maintain their altitude? Performance trends of top students
In this study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, achievement trends from NWEA’s longitudinal growth database were used to track students who scored at or above the 90th percentile on this assessment in order to see if they maintained their high achievement. The middle school/high school cohort consisted of 91,643 students from more than 800 schools in 28 states. Around three in five students identified as high-achieving in the first year of the study remained high-achieving in the last year of the study. Students who fell below the 90th percentile typically stayed at the 70th percentile or higher.See More
When does inequality grow? A seasonal analysis of racial/ethnic disparities in learning from kindergarten through eighth grade
In this study, we examine seasonal patterns of racial/ethnic achievement gaps in kindergarten through eighth grade using a national sample of over 2.5 million students.
By: Megan Kuhfeld, Dennis Condron, Doug Downey
In this Brown Center Chalkboard (Brookings Institution) blog, NWEA researchers share findings from new research that sheds light on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on student learning.
On this EdNext podcast, Megan Kuhfeld discusses new research examining how student reading and math achievement and growth have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mentions: Megan Kuhfeld
In this Teach. Learn. Grow. blog, Beth Tarasawa shares key findings and actionable takeaways from research exploring how school shutdowns impacted student achievement at the start of the 2020–21 academic year.
By: Beth Tarasawa
In this Education Next blog, Megan Kuhfeld shares key findings from new research examining how student learning has been impacted by school closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020.
By: Megan Kuhfeld
Lost learning, lost students: COVID slide not as steep as predicted, NWEA study finds — but 1 in 4 kids was missing from fall exams
The 74’s Beth Hawkins reports on new NWEA research on the impacts of COVID-19 school closures on student academic achievement and growth and the students missing in these data.
This study examined patterns of MAP Growth assessment attrition by schools and students from fall 2019 to fall 2020. Demographic differences between students tested in fall 2020 and attriters suggest impacts of COVID-19 on achievement are likely underestimated, highlighting the importance of considering students missing from school or assessment to best support growth and recovery.