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  • Growth Matters - 7 key criteria for measuring growth

    Growth Matters - 7 key criteria for measuring growth

    If you’re serious about measuring growth, you want to know your data is accurate and actionable. Learn how seven aspects of growth measurement affect your data integrity.

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  • We can do better: 5 guiding principles for improving fluency assessment

    We can do better: 5 guiding principles for improving fluency assessment

    Cindy Jiban, PhD, writes about what's missing and misguided in oral reading fluency assessment today and how to fix it in this brief white paper.

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  • How to Navigate Early Childhood Assessment

    How to Navigate Early Childhood Assessment

    A research-based guide to inform assessment planning in the early grades

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  • Guiding Instruction in Intervention Programs

    Guiding Instruction in Intervention Programs

    You need an assessment that shows why students are struggling and what skills they need to learn. Discover why mastery measures can be invaluable progress monitoring tools.

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  • Using Assessment Data To Shape Instruction

    Using Assessment Data To Shape Instruction

    Assessment data give us a way to measure learning and inform instruction. Here, two educators share how they are using data as a compass to steer students’ learning paths.

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  • The State of Proficiency

    The State of Proficiency

    In 2007, NWEA and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute collaborated on The Proficiency Illusion, a study that illustrated the issues created by having each state set its own standards for what constitutes

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  • MAP College Readiness Benchmarks Study

    MAP College Readiness Benchmarks Study

    Preparing students for success in college and the workplace is at the center of educational policy debates across the country. According to a widely-accepted definition, a student who is college ready

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  • How to Boost Engagement and Growth with Formative Assessment

    How to Boost Engagement and Growth with Formative Assessment

    This offers an inside look at how one school, district, and education agency have prioritized formative practices and the changes they've seen as a result.

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  • The Accountability Illusion

    The Accountability Illusion

    This study examines the No Child Left Behind accountability systems and the basic adequate yearly progress (AYP) rules for 28 states as they operate in practice.

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  • Modeling Student Test-Taking Motivation in the Context of an Adaptive Achievement Test

    Modeling Student Test-Taking Motivation in the Context of an Adaptive Achievement Test

    This study examined the utility of response time-based analyses in understanding the behavior of unmotivated test takers.

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  • NWEA Guidance on the Creation of Student Learning Objectives

    NWEA Guidance on the Creation of Student Learning Objectives

    Over the past few years, federal and state education policies have shifted to require teachers to set student growth goals. This was intended, in part, to focus more attention on accountability for im

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  • Evaluating the Effect of Random Selection on Virtual Comparison Group Creation

    Evaluating the Effect of Random Selection on Virtual Comparison Group Creation

    This study evaluated the procedures for selecting students to be used as Virtual Comparisons for a study group of 1,000 students in an effort to determine whether the random selection procedures creat

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  • School Conditional Growth Model: How to Make an "Apples to Apples" Comparison Possible?

    School Conditional Growth Model: How to Make an "Apples to Apples" Comparison Possible?

    The increasing demand to hold schools accountable for student outcomes has drawn a great deal of attention. It is generally acknowledged that an effective school and school system provides a positivel

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  • The "Phantom" Collapse of Student Achievement in New York

    The "Phantom" Collapse of Student Achievement in New York

    On August 7th, 2013, the New York State Education Commissioner, John King, announced the initial results of the state’s new assessment, which was designed to measure college and career readiness relat

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  • MAP-and-SBAC-Better-Together-White-Paper-JAN15

    MAP-and-SBAC-Better-Together-White-Paper-JAN15

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