Does your test pass your test?
A high-quality assessment solution provides educators with the trustworthy insights they need to make data-informed decisions to drive better outcomes. But data is only as good as the assessment it comes from. As you select or assess your measure, consider these features of a high-quality assessment.
Aligned, beneficial, purposeful
There is consensus among educators that assessments should be aligned to instruction and have a clear and relevant purpose, with results and insights that are necessary for making effective decisions. Every assessment should meet this minimum threshold, but to close gaps, make significant learning gains, and address the needs of above-average students, educators would be wise to go further.View article
This straightforward professional learning plan will get you up and running in your first year with MAP Growth, with support to administer assessments, analyze data, and take action.
Explore how Naperville 203 in Illinois revamped its fluency assessments from individual sessions to efficient, objective MAP Reading Fluency. By embracing rich, instant data, teachers optimized instruction, leading to significant student progress.
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For this episode, we’re once again joined by Dr. Chase Nordengren, principal research lead for Effective Instructional Strategies at NWEA to talk about teacher-led approaches to academic recovery.
Chase works closely with leading scholars from around the globe to turn theory into actionable practices to drive instructional improvement. His latest study, High Growth for All, captured ways teachers in one Chicago-area district are leading the academic recovery effort and producing above average academic growth over multiple years for kids across the achievement spectrum
Chase is also the author of Step into Student Goal Setting: A Path to Growth, Motivation, and Agency from Corwin Press.
“Professional learning should be intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, and data-driven.”
Jacob hops from the host’s chair to the hot seat as he sits down with Kailey to discuss his journey through the education world to become a leader in professional development for teachers. Starting with his time working with abused & neglected children, Jacob realized how much he would need to continue to grow to best serve his students. After time as a high school math teacher and coach for math educators, Jacob dedicated his career to serving teachers looking to improve their craft. Then, Kailey & Jacob get into the details of what kinds of professional learning teachers need more of now. They talk about why teachers aren’t taught about the assessment side of instructional practice and how new attitudes towards data literacy are changing that trend.
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Three education leaders from a high growth district share their strategies for encouraging data-driven instruction. They also offer tips for onboarding new teachers, building trust, and encouraging buy-in—the hallmarks of a strong growth culture.
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