Blog: Teach Learn Grow

NWEA's education blog

  • Get more from assessment data—and save teachers time

    Get more from assessment data—and save teachers time

    Dr. Tonya Williams, chief academic officer and chief learning officer at Leadership Preparatory Academy in Lithonia, Georgia, knew improving the use of assessment data at her school... Continue...

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  • How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Developing the trajectory

    How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Developing the trajectory

    This is the third in a series of posts by Christina Schneider and Robert Johnson about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts as well... Continue Reading The...

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  • 3 ways to build the differentiated, equitable school of tomorrow

    3 ways to build the differentiated, equitable school of tomorrow

    When looking back at the vision of the future in the 1950s and 1960s—think Epcot or The Jetsons—I’m always struck by how well this vision captured the... Continue Reading The post 3 ways to build...

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  • 4 ways administrators can create an equitable curriculum

    4 ways administrators can create an equitable curriculum

    In my last post, I explored the positive effects an equitable curriculum can have on all students, regardless of their race, socioeconomic background, gender, and other factors.... Continue...

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  • 3 ways Elmira City Schools leverages MAP Suite to boost achievement

    3 ways Elmira City Schools leverages MAP Suite to boost achievement

    Many educators face a challenge that is all too common: how best to support students unlikely to meet grade-level standards. At Elmira City Schools in New York,... Continue Reading The post 3 ways...

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  • The new assessment 101: How policy shapes schools

    The new assessment 101: How policy shapes schools

    At NWEA, our policy and advocacy team, in collaboration with our state and government partnerships team, is committed to educating policymakers around assessment issues to help strengthen......

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  • Why an equitable curriculum matters

    Why an equitable curriculum matters

    “Why didn’t you use your flesh color to color in the picture?” “I did! I used the flesh colored pencil. Did I not do it right?” “Well,... Continue Reading The post Why an equitable curriculum...

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  • Why language matters in closing the “knowledge gap”

    Why language matters in closing the “knowledge gap”

    Are early readers suffering from a “knowledge gap”? In her Atlantic article “Elementary education has gone terribly wrong”—and in her new book, The Knowledge Gap—education journalist Natalie......

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  • How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Start with the big idea

    How to design trajectory-based performance tasks: Start with the big idea

    This is the second in a series of posts by Christina Schneider and Robert Johnson about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts as well... Continue Reading The...

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  • 10 proctor tips for engaging students

    10 proctor tips for engaging students

    If you’re in a MAP® Growth™ school or district, your students will notice a big change this year: MAP Growth will auto-pause as many as three times—reminding... Continue Reading The post 10...

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  • How one teacher boosted performance for struggling readers

    How one teacher boosted performance for struggling readers

    Partnering to help all kids learn® is not only the mission of NWEA. It’s also the undertaking of educators nationwide throughout the school year. Districts establish policies... Continue...

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  • Support student growth with trajectory-based performance tasks

    Support student growth with trajectory-based performance tasks

    This is the first in a series of posts by Christina Schneider and Robert Johnson about building trajectory-based performance tasks. Stay tuned for follow-up posts as well... Continue Reading The...

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  • 4 reasons MAP Growth K–2 should be part of your assessment toolbox

    4 reasons MAP Growth K–2 should be part of your assessment toolbox

    When Blue Valley School District, the fourth largest district in Kansas, noticed their assessment product for younger learners wasn’t meeting all their needs, they switched to MAP®... Continue...

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  • Sharing assessment data with parents just got simpler

    Sharing assessment data with parents just got simpler

    Explaining assessment data to families can be challenging. Their focus is often on letter grades and whether their child is passing or failing. When parent-teacher conferences roll... Continue...

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  • How much does science really change?

    How much does science really change?

    Susan Berg, assessment lead at NWEA, loves science. Although she found it intimidating as a young girl, it won her over in high school. She went on... Continue Reading The post How much does...

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  • 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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