How assessment can help monitor
and improve early learning
It cannot be overstated: good data drives long-term, high-quality outcomes for children. When time and resources go to specific prevention and intervention efforts for early learners, students see benefits for years to come.
Just how impactful is this investment? Research evidence supports a concept called the Matthew Effect: Students who enter with weaknesses experience slower growth and gaps widen. Students who enter school on or above grade level typically continue to do well, boasting increased high school graduation rates, decreased likelihood of grade retention, fewer special education placements, and even a decline in criminal or delinquent behavior.View article
This study continues NWEA research into how COVID-19 has affected student learning. It builds on previous research showing achievement levels dropping drastically over the 2020–21 school year, then beginning to rebound in the 2021–22 school year when achievement gains mirrored pre-pandemic trends.
Bolstered by years of timely, reliable, MAP® Growth™ assessment data, Dayton Public Schools had the trustworthy insights they needed to launch their innovative two-teacher initiative.
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Let’s take a trip to where it all begins, at least academically, with early literacy and numeracy. On this episode, early learning experts Cindy Jiban and Tammy Baumann join us to share classroom strategies to help young learners navigate this important season of life. The discussion touches on the science of reading, why early numeracy sometimes takes a backseat to early literacy, and how teachers early in their career can hit the ground running in these areas.
Take a closer look at MAP Growth, the industry-leading interim assessment measuring achievement and growth in K-12 math, reading, language-usage and science. Learn why classroom teachers, building and system leaders turn to trustworthy data from MAP Growth to make stronger instructional and operational decisions.
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“For many, learning mathematics leads to perceiving the subject as a collection of procedures that are disconnected from any big picture. It’s much like filling a box with puzzle pieces, yet never building the puzzle.”
For this episode, we are joined by Dr. Ted Coe and Anita Brown of NWEA to discuss how educators move beyond doing math to thinking about mathematical concepts, with a focus on formative conversation starters.
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Two years on from the start of the pandemic and we’re starting to see a glimmer of hope and pieces of normalcy return to our schools and classrooms. But as we move forward, we cannot ignore the lingering impact of pandemic disruptions.