The Continuing Educator
Why do we grade? with Thomas Guskey and Chase Nordengren
April 23, 2021
Let’s begin our journey towards better grading practices! Grades have remained a fundamental component of our education system for over a century. Yet despite shifts across so many other areas of educational practice, grading practices have seen little, if any, change to match the demands of modern pedagogy. The pandemic revealed stark flaws in traditional grading protocols and simultaneously presented a profound opportunity for actual change. What should educators, families, and society in general consider around why change is needed and where to begin?
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.
Products: MAP Growth
NWEA early literacy experts teamed up with a district-level data whiz for a lively discussion on inventorying literacy data to help your team make informed changes to instruction. Presenters also shared how to triangulate points between MAP® Growth™ and MAP® Reading Fluency™, spot anomalies, track trends and more.
Kailey & Jacob are joined by two educators and NWEA content specialists who have thought a lot about how to improves student experiences in science. Kim Baker has been at NWEA for 13 years, and Megan Kuehl has been here for eight. We discuss challenging assumptions about the science classroom and unpack the notion that science is inherently impartial.
Products: Professional Learning
NWEA collaborates with more than 30 providers to determine how MAP Growth scores can be used by dozens of instructional and data products to make every classroom a data-informed classroom. Learn more about the Instructional Connections program and explore its unique benefits for administrators, teachers, and coaches.
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This document describes the Fluency Protocol developed as part of an NWEA research study funded by the Reading Reimagined grant, a program within the Advanced Education Research and Development Fund (AERDF). It consists of five sessions, approximately 20 minutes each.
This study examines the effects of a newly developed fluency protocol on historically marginalized students in three Grade 6 classrooms in a large urban school district. The protocol was designed for ease of use and does not require that educators have prior knowledge of reading instruction.