Blog: Teach Learn Grow

NWEA's education blog

  • LeBron James’ I Promise School Story Underscores Importance of Assessment to Close Educational Opportunity Gaps

    LeBron James’ I Promise School Story Underscores Importance of Assessment to Close Educational Opportunity Gaps

    The New York Times featured a story on the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio and supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation, which highlighted encouraging initial... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Four Formative Assessment Strategies to Power Up Self-Regulated Learning

    Four Formative Assessment Strategies to Power Up Self-Regulated Learning

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about the connection between formative assessment and self-regulated learning. This idea of self-regulated learners has been around for a long time with implicit,......

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  • Growth Both Ways: How Can You Assess the Two Types of Growth in Early Literacy?

    Growth Both Ways: How Can You Assess the Two Types of Growth in Early Literacy?

    At NWEA, we measure growth. Most of our partners know us for the MAP Growth test, where overall growth is gauged by a RIT score on a... Continue Reading The post Growth Both Ways: How Can You...

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  • Five Frequently Asked Questions About MAP Spanish Assessments

    Five Frequently Asked Questions About MAP Spanish Assessments

    Of approximately 4.8 million English Language Learners (ELLs) in US public schools, nearly 80% are native Spanish speakers. Educators are looking for better information on the largest... Continue...

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  • Leveraging Growth Data for Teachers and Principals

    Leveraging Growth Data for Teachers and Principals

    In an earlier post, we shared some insights into how teachers can use MAP® Growth™ assessment data to work with students. Students can leverage growth data to... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Helping More Kids Win

    Helping More Kids Win

    The most exciting thing I saw during the Super Bowl wasn’t the play on the field or the halftime show. It was this commercial from Microsoft. It’s... Continue Reading The post Helping More Kids...

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  • Everyone’s Plate is a Different Size

    Everyone’s Plate is a Different Size

    It’s been a crazy couple of weeks—as life always seems to be—both personally and professionally. In my personal life, my family is in the middle of packing... Continue Reading The post Everyone’s...

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  • Early Literacy: Shall We Take the Stairs…or the Interstate?

    Early Literacy: Shall We Take the Stairs…or the Interstate?

    On the U.S. interstate highways, maximum grade is 6 percent. Not so steep, really, but still enough of a climb that the trusty old car I drove... Continue Reading The post Early Literacy: Shall We...

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  • See What Makes MAP Reading Fluency Unique

    See What Makes MAP Reading Fluency Unique

    This spring, about a year after we first introduced it, there is a lot of buzz about MAP Reading Fluency! Check out these educators who have been... Continue Reading The post See What Makes MAP...

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  • Do Your Assessments Measure Up When It Comes To Equity?

    Do Your Assessments Measure Up When It Comes To Equity?

    At NWEA, our mission is simple, but vast: Partnering to help all kids learn. As a not-for-profit organization, we have the ability not only to believe in... Continue Reading The post Do Your...

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  • Tackling the Question of Growth for High-Achieving Students

    Tackling the Question of Growth for High-Achieving Students

    MAP Growth assessment data can help teachers determine where students are at in their learning. It can answer an all-important question like, “Is my student performing below,... Continue...

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  • How MAP Reading Fluency Supports Effective Reading Assessment at My School

    How MAP Reading Fluency Supports Effective Reading Assessment at My School

    Last week, I blogged here about essential early reading skills and what the research suggests we evaluate in young readers. After working in education for the past 16... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Thrive Schools Hoping MAP Growth Scores Can Make a Difference

    Thrive Schools Hoping MAP Growth Scores Can Make a Difference

    Just over four years ago, Thrive Public Schools received a charter from the state of California for their mission to meet individual students where they are and... Continue Reading The post Thrive...

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  • What to Look for in Effective Reading Assessment

    What to Look for in Effective Reading Assessment

    If you’ve ever stepped into an early elementary classroom, you know that energy radiates from young learners. Kids love exploring the world around them and delight in opportunities... Continue...

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  • Opportunities to Learn What’s New with NWEA Research

    Opportunities to Learn What’s New with NWEA Research

    This spring, NWEA researchers will present, chair, or serve as discussants in more than 20 sessions during the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council on......

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  • See How MAP Growth K-2 Exceeds Expectations for Young Learners

    See How MAP Growth K-2 Exceeds Expectations for Young Learners

    MAP® Growth™ K-2 delivers three unique assessments that focus on the learning needs and requirements of young students: growth, screening, and skills checklists. The growth assessment measures......

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  • NWEA Adds MAP Spanish to Support Equitable Assessment

    NWEA Adds MAP Spanish to Support Equitable Assessment

    Our mission at NWEA is partnering to help all kids learn. And we don’t just talk about the mission; we live and breathe it. Providing teachers and... Continue Reading The post NWEA Adds MAP...

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  • How to Leverage Growth Data to Improve Student Learning

    How to Leverage Growth Data to Improve Student Learning

    Growth data is powerful and can have an enormous impact for students, teachers, and administrators. For students, the more they understand their own assessment results, the better... Continue...

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  • What to Do AFTER Winter Testing? 5 Tips from Teachers

    What to Do AFTER Winter Testing? 5 Tips from Teachers

    Done with your winter MAP Growth tests? If not, check out these posts first: Top 6 Test Prep Tips from Teachers on Instagram and 5 More Testing... Continue Reading The post What to Do AFTER Winter...

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  • 5 Formative Strategies to Improve Student Learning from Dylan Wiliam and NWEA

    5 Formative Strategies to Improve Student Learning from Dylan Wiliam and NWEA

    Dylan Wiliam’s book, Embedded Formative Assessment, is filled with a number of insights. The foundation of the book highlights the importance of formative assessment as a tool... Continue...

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