MAP Growth News for November

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What are My Students Ready to Learn?

Are you wondering about your next step for planning instruction? For the Teachers is here to help with Curriculum Ladders for Lesson Planning! You can quickly find the topic you are planning to teach, print the PDF of that topic and write in your students’ names next to their Instructional/Goal Area RIT ranges (from the Class Report or Class Breakdown by Goal Report) to create differentiated groups based on what they are ready to learn. These ladders are available in Reading, Math, and Language. Check them out HERE!

Why Should I Send My Teachers to the SUFS/NWEA MAP Growth Professional Learning Sessions?
  • Your attendance allows us to provide required NWEA MAP Growth professional learning to your staff at no additional cost to you.
  • Your attendance as a leader allows you to move your school culture forward when everyone trains together.
  • You signed the SUFS/NWEA Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to send “all teachers and administrators” to all professional learning sessions.
MAP Growth Administrator Webinar

The Impact of MAP on our School Community is a one-hour, interactive webinar for school administrators and other MAP Growth school leaders only. Your teachers do NOT need to attend this one. Administrators will be able to share ideas and network with others across the state as you begin to analyze schoolwide student achievement data using MAP Growth, as well as explore MAP Growth tips and schoolwide reports to use in staff discussions. You have six options: You can click the link below to register for the one that works with your schedule. Once you register, you will receive the link to the webinar with further information on how to join.

Course-Specific Math Norms

Did you know that NWEA has course-specific norms for the Geometry and Algebra 1 & 2 tests?  You can access these norms to see percentile and growth projections for your secondary students taking these tests. These norms aren’t yet integrated into the MAP Growth reports, so to get the clearest picture of how your students compare to other students taking the Course-Specific Math tests, check them out HERE!

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MAP Growth News for October

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Check out these helpful resources from NWEA to help you determine the most appropriate test type for your students. Don’t forget that students can take as much time as they need on a MAP Growth assessment. You can always suspend their test and have them complete it later, and in fact, we recommend suspending testing after 45 minutes to prevent fatigue. NWEA recommends that suspended tests be completed within 14 days of the start date.

Tips for Proctors
  1. Wondering how to get a student back into a test session if they get kicked out of a test? See Student cannot find name when joining a test session. If a student is appearing as Confirmed but cannot start the test, see Confirmed student cannot start test.
  2. Need to add a student to an open or a saved test session? See How to add a student to an existing testing session. Did you delete a test session accidentally? See What happens if I delete a test session? Can it be recovered?
  3. You can always access the Proctor Quick Start  guide for an overview.
A New Way to Share MAP Growth Data with Families

Have you seen the new Family Report? The Family Report helps families understand where their child may need extra help and how well they are doing in a subject compared to similar students nationwide. For more help sharing assessment data with families, take a look at the family guide to MAP Growth. There is also a sample family report translated into Spanish for those who want to share an example of a report with Spanish speakers. The actual report for each student is not yet able to be translated into Spanish.

 

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MAP Growth News for September

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Student Engagement Matters!

Student engagement is an important factor in students’ overall performance during testing. Test engagement gives teachers an accurate picture of students’ abilities and performance. NWEA believes that with the right tools, proctors will be able to gauge students’ engagement to create a more productive testing environment. Get to know the Slow Down Sloth and how he helps students reengage with the MAP Growth test HERE.

3 Questions to Ask Students before Fall Testing

Right now, over 10 million students are beginning their MAP Growth Fall assessment. Asking the right questions and having discussions with students beforehand can have a great impact on their overall performance. Check out the 3 things you need to ask your students before you begin administrating the Fall assessment HERE.

MAP Growth Using Fall Data to Guide Instruction

New MAP Growth schools: Have you registered for your first MAP Growth Reports training? September and October begin our first session of the required MAP Growth training for the 2019-2020 school year. In these sessions, teachers and administrators will gain an understanding of MAP terminology and learn how to access and interpret different MAP reports, in addition to sharing that data with stakeholders. Click the link below to register today: Register Now.

Rock the MAP Growth Test Prep Rally

Thinking of a way to get your students excited and ready for the MAP Growth Fall Assessment? Try hosting a school-wide pep rally! You can dress up as special characters, remix popular songs, have special performances, or even giveaways. Testing doesn’t have to be a drab event if you build excitement around it. Click these links for more pep rally ideas:  Resource 1 Resource 2 Resource 3.

 

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MAP Growth News for August

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Welcome Back Teachers: MAP Growth Teacher Toolkit

Looking for resources to start the year fresh, extend your learning, and add to your toolkit? NWEA has a community just for you! Click here to check out all the incredible, popular teacher resources!

Getting Parents Hooked on MAP Growth!

Thinking of new ways to orient your parents to MAP Growth? Look no further… NWEA has done an awesome job in creating an editable letter to prepare parents for MAP Growth testing. Parent letters are also available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Russian and more! Click here to explore NWEA’s parent resources!

Student Engagement Test Preparation

Student engagement during testing is very crucial in order to determine student growth and achievement.

Click here to read more about the updates to Student Engagement!

Why bother with Assessments?

Schools use assessments to measure teaching and learning. Assessments when done without a purpose can feel like another mundane task. Check out this article from Edutopia to learn why assessments are vital to students’ growth and achievement.

MAP Sample Test Question Guide by RIT

Wondering what the MAP Growth questions look like in each RIT range? NWEA has just published a new RIT Reference Chart, to show you what the questions look like for each subject and goal area tested. Click here to check out the new RIT Reference Charts!

MAP Growth News for May

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Communicating with Students Before Testing

We often put emphasis on talking to students about their results after testing but not enough on communicating with students before testing. “Making sure students are on the same page before an assessment can make for a much less stressful, more productive testing session.” Check out this amazing blog which lists some talking points to consider before testing: CLICK HERE

Teaching Students to Read their MAP Results

Do your students get nervous about getting their assessment results? You are not alone. Sharing students’ results with them is an essential part of goal-setting. By helping students “read” their MAP assessment results, we can reduce test-taking anxiety and motivate students to take ownership over their own data and learning paths. Read more about this: CLICK HERE

Where in the world can MAP Growth take you?

MAP Growth is a great tool to help educators track college and career readiness starting in 3rd grade. Helping students understand that MAP Growth is a road map for future goals and more than just an assessment is a viable way to boost student motivation and enthusiasm. NWEA has created a PDF poster for students to show how they can use their MAP Growth RIT score to explore available resources and to further their academic goals.

Get the poster: CLICK HERE

MAP Testing Fairy

Having a hard time motivating your students and getting them excited about your upcoming MAP testing? Read here about a fourth-grade teacher’s unique approach to getting students excited about growth testing: CLICK HERE

MAP Teacher of the Year: NWEA Celebrates Teachers

How do you or your colleagues get your students excited about academic growth? Answering this question could make you a winner of $250!!! In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, NWEA is accepting teacher nominations until April 30th. The three winning teachers will receive $250 each and have their submitted entries featured in the NWEA community blog. To tell NWEA about your efforts, or to nominate a colleague, send an email to connection@nwea.org. Read more about the contest: CLICK HERE

MAP Growth: Looking Back and Looking Ahead 

Have you registered for your fourth MAP Reports training session? This session will focus on reflecting on the first year of using MAP, preparing for the Spring assessment, and exploring additional resources to support learning and differentiate instruction based on MAP report data. This session will also help you plan for Year Two of using the MAP Growth assessment. Click the link below to register today.

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MAP Growth News for April

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Tackling the Question of Growth for High- Achievers

There is a typical assumption that little to no growth can be made for students performing above the 80th percentile. We often hear questions like “How does the MAP Growth assessment show growth for students already at 99 percent?” Read this article to learn 6 things to consider when preparing to have a high-achieving student growth conversation: CLICK HERE

MAP Growth RIT to Lexile

The Lexile Framework® for Reading can be used to match readers with text based on a student’s reading ability. After completing the MAP Growth assessment, teachers can find out students’ reading Lexile level. These results are displayed on several reports like Class and the Student Profile Report. Having this information helps teachers to plan and prepare materials to support learning.  Click here to learn how a student’s MAP Growth reading score correlates to a student’s Lexile range: CLICK HERE

How MAP Growth Exceeds Expectation for Early Learners

MAP Growth delivers three unique assessments that focus on the learning needs and requirements of young students: growth, screening, and skills checklists. Teachers can measure student achievement using the growth assessment, assess placement using the screeners, and check for skill mastery using the skills checklist.  Click here to read the article: https://www.nwea.org/blog/2019/see-how-map-growth-k-2-exceeds-expectations-for-young-learners/

MAP Growth: Looking Back and Looking Ahead 

Have you registered for your fourth MAP Reports training session? This session will focus on reflecting on the first year of using MAP, preparing for the Spring assessment, and exploring additional resources to support learning and differentiate instruction based on MAP report data. This session will also help you plan for Year Two of using the MAP Growth assessment. Click the link below to register today.

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Report Spotlight: Student Goal Setting Worksheet

The Student Goal Setting Worksheet shows a student’s test history and growth projections in their tested subject areas for a specific period of time. This allows you to discuss the student’s goals and celebrate achievements.

TIP OF THE MONTH: In the fall, start a conversation with the student using the Overall RIT and Projected RIT and determine where the student stands in regard to their goal areas. You could focus on a goal area in the student’s action plan, particularly if you plan to emphasize instruction in that goal area. Check out the Report: Click Here!

Positive Test Prep Activity for Parents

A week or two before testing, ask parents to send a school note, encouraging their child for the Spring MAP Growth assessment.  Provide parents and or family members with the materials to write their letters. Send home fancy paper, envelopes, and make some suggestions of things to say. Give the parents the option to text or record their message, create posters, email their messages or mail in their letters to allow flexibility and creativity. When the student goes to start their test, give them their message to read or view before they begin. To see a sample click here: http://chickadeejubilee.blogspot.com/2012/01/postive-test-prep.html

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MAP Growth News for March

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What to Do AFTER Winter Testing? 5 Tips for Teachers

After completing the MAP Winter test and reviewing the data, teachers can often feel anxious about what to do next. Should I update my data walls? Should I schedule data chats? Should I start right away with preparing for the Spring assessment? Here are 5 practical tips that can guide you on your next course of action: CLICK HERE

Microsoft Laptops for Private School

Microsoft and NFS have introduced hardware and software policies to address the specific needs of K-12 Private and Non-Public schools. Volume pricing for NFS laptops and Microsoft Office Academic Products now start at 5 or more units for all K-12 educational settings.

Smaller private and non-traditional schools and programs (this includes after school programs, day care and community centers) will receive the same benefits as large public-school districts such as bulk pricing on computers, Microsoft products at wholesale prices, using a PO to order and access to the NFS free 4-year warranty with on-campus remote servicing.

The NFS Board has authorized a Private / Non-Public-school initiative within the “School Sales Program” for outreach and operations to serve schools of all sizes.  
For details please visit: www.notebooksforstudents.org/school_sales.htm

School Spotlight: Nativity Catholic School Celebrates Growth

This month’s spotlight is on Nativity Catholic School in Tampa. Nativity Catholic hosted a Winter Growth Celebration to recognize students’ performance on their Winter assessment. “The focus of the celebration was on growth of students at all levels and we celebrated everything from 1 point of growth all the way to 40+ points of growth on a single assessment.” Check out their story here: CLICK HERE

MAP Growth: RIT to Concepts

You can now match RIT to concepts. NWEA has designed word lists to help you teach concepts that students are ready to learn. These words and concepts directly correspond with learning statements in the MAP Reports. The RIT to concept list now includes MAP Growth K-2 and MAP Growth Science. CLICK HERE

MAP Growth: Looking Back and Looking Ahead   

Have you registered for your fourth MAP Reports training session? In this session, you will reflect on your experiences using MAP Growth this year, prepare for the Spring assessment, and explore additional resources to support learning and to differentiate instruction based on MAP report data. This session will also help you plan how to use MAP Growth even more effectively next year. Register Now

Report Spotlight: Student Progress Report

The Student Progress Report shows a student’s overall progress from all past terms to the selected term so you can communicate about the student’s term-to-term growth. Check out the Report: CLICK HERE

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