Blog: Teach Learn Grow

NWEA's education blog

  • 5 ways to make teacher assessment literacy a reality

    5 ways to make teacher assessment literacy a reality

    For any assessment to truly serve its purpose, teachers must be able to interpret and apply the data to help their students. Helping students grow is the... Continue Reading The post 5 ways to...

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  • Engaging students before it’s too late

    Engaging students before it’s too late

    On July 19, NWEA released new capabilities to help students try their best on MAP® assessments and reveal when they don’t. When students disengage from assessments, they... Continue Reading The...

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  • Assessment data improves student outcomes in rural Michigan

    Assessment data improves student outcomes in rural Michigan

    Crawford AuSable School District (CASD) in northern Michigan has a lot to be proud of. Not only did they use teamwork to move many of their students... Continue Reading The post Assessment data...

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  • Waiting for the names

    Waiting for the names

    This summer I have been fortunate enough to laugh and learn alongside some amazing educators. In my role as a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools,... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Put relationship building on your back-to-school to-do list

    Put relationship building on your back-to-school to-do list

    For school-aged children, summer is a time to relax and enjoy the sun, friends, and family. For parents and caretakers, it can be an unstructured season before... Continue Reading The post Put...

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  • How to be assessment literate, no matter your role

    How to be assessment literate, no matter your role

    A confident understanding of assessment helps teachers meet their students’ needs early, when it’s easier to close achievement gaps and pave the way to a long and... Continue Reading The post How...

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  • A High School Student Shares His Experience With MAP Growth

    A High School Student Shares His Experience With MAP Growth

    For the past year, high school junior Max P.  has been an intern in the marketing department at NWEA. Since it’s not often we get to hear... Continue Reading The post A High School Student Shares...

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  • Why We’re All-in on Student Test Engagement

    Why We’re All-in on Student Test Engagement

    Teachers have long known that students don’t always give their best effort when they take a test. A lack of student test engagement can negatively impact scores... Continue Reading The post Why...

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  • 7 Steps to Creating a Growth Assessment that Works

    7 Steps to Creating a Growth Assessment that Works

    Thanks to high-quality assessments, teachers, students and families are able to see and celebrate heroic growth. Consider a fifth-grade student who starts the year reading at a... Continue...

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  • Why It’s Important to Consider the Assessment Data Needs of All Stakeholders

    Why It’s Important to Consider the Assessment Data Needs of All Stakeholders

    When we think about educational assessments, “timely” means that assessment data is delivered at a time when it will be most useful to the people who need... Continue Reading The post Why It’s...

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  • 3 Questions High Quality Assessments Can Answer For Early Learning Educators

    3 Questions High Quality Assessments Can Answer For Early Learning Educators

    To build a foundation for future success, Pre-K-3 students are being introduced to education assessments to help gauge where they are in their literacy and math skillsets.... Continue Reading The...

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  • Three Ways to Better Engage Students to Get the Most from Educational Assessments

    Three Ways to Better Engage Students to Get the Most from Educational Assessments

    It’s not uncommon to find a classroom where a few highly motivated students monopolize the discussion. To ensure that all students are learning, teachers need to find... Continue Reading The post...

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  • Making Sense of Early Childhood Assessment – Four Things to Consider

    Making Sense of Early Childhood Assessment – Four Things to Consider

    There is consensus among educators that assessments should be purposeful, aligned to instruction, and beneficial to student outcomes. However, there is a vein of debate running through... Continue...

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  • A Teacher’s Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to the School Year

    A Teacher’s Thoughts on Saying Goodbye to the School Year

    It seems like every year, my classroom has a song, or a movie soundtrack that exemplifies who they are as a group. A few years ago, it... Continue Reading The post A Teacher’s Thoughts on Saying...

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  • Rethinking School Performance with Dr. Andrew Hegedus

    Rethinking School Performance with Dr. Andrew Hegedus

    Dr. Andrew Hegedus, Research Consulting Director for NWEA recently completed a noteworthy research study exploring the relationship between poverty and school performance. We caught up with...

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  • Making Sense of Growth Mindset and Growth Measures

    Making Sense of Growth Mindset and Growth Measures

    For the past few years, “growth mindset” has generated a lot of conversation in the education world. Both adults and students have opportunities to develop a growth... Continue Reading The post...

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  • What Can These 5 Types of Assessment Data Tell You?

    What Can These 5 Types of Assessment Data Tell You?

    Educational assessments can be used to support learning, as well as validate it. The type of assessment you choose should match the purpose behind the questions you’re... Continue Reading The post...

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  • 4 Simple Steps For Streamlining Your Assessment System

    4 Simple Steps For Streamlining Your Assessment System

    Every assessment has strengths and limitations, which means no single measure will serve every specific need. If your system has been built piecemeal over time, it’s likely... Continue Reading The...

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  • How this Rural, Low-income School Used MAP Growth Data to Boost Performance

    How this Rural, Low-income School Used MAP Growth Data to Boost Performance

    The high desert area of northwestern New Mexico, also known as the Checkerboard area, is patchwork of territory owned by the federal government, private citizens, and the... Continue Reading The...

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  • Involving Students and Parents in End-of-Year Planning

    Involving Students and Parents in End-of-Year Planning

    A recent blog post – Teacher End-of-Year Planning Using MAP Growth Data – discussed some questions that often arise as the year draws to a close. Were... Continue Reading The post Involving...

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