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!

Does Data Drive Your Decisions?

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As administrators and teachers, we are all too familiar with the  restless anxiety surrounding student achievement. As educators we wake up worrying about our students, our efforts, and our impact. The question we must begin to ask ourselves is, academically, behaviorally, socially, do we really know where our students are? Data tracking can be a great way to begin to answer that question openly and honestly with our school community. Collecting data is a game changer for schools that want to make informed decisions around student progress and instruction. This month’s resources are devoted to tackling the terrifying but transformative use of data in your decision making.

Assessment Data:

Check out this article from The 74 Million describing how private schools in Florida just like you are using assessment and data to make major academic gains for low income students!

Emotional & Social Data: 
Getting Started:
Creating a Data Culture:

Resource Alert!

Check out these scholarship opportunities from the League of Christian Schools!

The Importance of Honest Feedback about Student Progress

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It’s time to ask ourselves as educators the hard question. Are we communicating clear, coherent, actionable, timely, and honest information about student progress?

A surprisingly large number of parents believe their children are on track for college, when in fact, they might not be. Read the full EdNavigator article complete with case studies!

Are you feeling concerned about having the clear, honest, and difficult conversation with some of your students’ parents? It’s important to remember (and to remind your teachers) that in order to build a positive growth mindset in our students, we must first be honest about the real progress or lack of progress our students are making!

Check out this article from Edutopia on Framing Difficult Feedback for Parents.

Remember good feedback includes clear, coherent, actionable, timely, and honest information about student progress. One assessment or assignment should not tell the whole story of a student’s academic status. Consider the option of creating a student portfolio of work. This way, students and parents can see a more complete picture of performance and growth in the classroom. This may even be a great way of initiating student-led conferences in your classroom!

Read this article from Edutopia on creating student portfolios and introducing student-led conferences.

Don’t forget!  Step Up for Students offers free Professional Learning courses on Student-Led Conferencing.

Check Out these Resources for Students with Unique Abilities!

Shriners Hospitals for Children is teaming up with the legendary rock band Foreigner to remake a classic and sell the group’s CD’s as a fundraiser. The band is donating a version of their chart-topping song, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which was recently recorded and sung by band members and children who are Shriners patients in Tampa. Watch this inspirational video and see how you can help support the Shriners Hospital right here in Florida! Click here to learn more!

For schools serving students with unique abilities, the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is a wonderful resource.  FDLRS Centers across the state provide an array of instructional and technical support services to school district Exceptional Student Education programs statewide. The four central functions of each FDLRS Associate Center are Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development, and Technology.  Find your local FDLRS center for free professional development related to serving exceptional student education, parent information and training, adaptive technology resources and much, much more!

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