5 decisions that demand high-quality
assessment data

Many conditions that contribute to student skill and knowledge gaps are beyond an educator’s control. Learners bring to the classroom outside factors such as socioeconomic status, vocabulary deficits, and even past traumas. The obstacles are real but not impossible to overcome.

A 2018 NWEA study examined the connection between school poverty and school performance using MAP® Growth™ data. It may not come as a surprise that when achievement was measured, a strong negative relationship was revealed. But the story was different for growth. When schools that serve students from higher-income families were compared to those that serve lower-income families, the difference was minimal.

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