The Arkansas Public School Resource Center has teamed up with the Northwest Evaluation Association to give educators the data and resources they need to place the child at the center of the education experience. APSRC members are now eligible for reduced rates through NWEA - an organization that has been putting kids first since 1977.
What is NWEA?
Northwest Evaulation Association is a national not-for-profit educational services organization that provides research-based educational growth measures, professional training and consulting services to improve teaching and learning.
Parterning with school districts, states and other organizations, NWEA delivers computerized assessment services to more than 3,400 education agencies and approximately 4 million students. Additionally, its Growth Research Database, the most extensive collection of student growth data in the country, provides a rich source for the study of academics achievement.
Reports are available at individual, classroom, school, program and district levels so all stakeholders can participate in the resulting discussions. Students see their scores immediately and teachers see detailed reports within 24 hours. Within 72 hours, principals and other administrators can access reports of aggregated data that show student growth, proficiency and norms.
What is MAP Testing?
MAP Testing is a way to discover the Measures of Academic Progress. Understanding each student's academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible – providing educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students' needs, one child at a time.
A Tool for Teachers
Created by educators for educators, MAP assessments provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on their unique learning path. Because student engagement is essential to any testing experience, NWEA works with educators to create test items that interest children and help to capture detail about what they know and what they're ready to learn. It is information teachers can use in the classroom to help every child, every day.
Adapting the Test to the Student
MAP dynamically adapts to a student's responses – as they take the test.
Answer a question correctly and the test presents a more challenging item
Miss a question, and MAP offers a simpler item
In this way, the test narrows in on a student's learning level, engaging them with content that allows them to succeed.
A complete set of assessments is available, aligned to national/state curricula and standards:
MAP: Reading, mathematics and language
MAP for Primary Grades: Reading and mathematics
Science Assessment: Concepts, processes and general science
One Size Doesn't Fit All
Each child learns differently. So we developed computerized adaptive assessments that test differently, allowing teachers to see their students as individuals – each with their own base of knowledge.
Tests That Adapt to the Student
NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. The result is a rewarding experience for the student, and a wealth of detailed information for teachers, parents and administrators.
Powered By Data
The underlying data driving the assessment ensures remarkable accuracy, based on over 24 million assessments given over our 30+ years. Our equal-interval RIT scale increases the stability, providing grade-independent analysis of a child's learning. For educators, it means at last having timely information that, used well, can change the course of a student's school year — and life.
To learn more about the partnership with NWEA and what it can do for your school, email Teaching and Learning Specialist Kristi Campbell.