News, Commentary, and Insights from your Principal of the Captain Samuel Douglas Academy in beautiful Brookline, New Hampshire.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CSDA Students Experience New NWEA-MAP Format; Teachers Use Data to Improve Teaching and Maximize Learning

The NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA-MAP) provides a critically important tool for teachers in determining levels of student learning and rates of student learning progress.  This assessment data on student achievement affords our teachers a powerful opportunity to determine the effectiveness of our academic program and instructional techniques.  The assessment results allow opportunities to reflect on student growth and learning needs, and make necessary adjustments to improve student learning outcomes.  Our teachers review the results individually, and in teams during their weekly Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings.  Through these meetings, the teacher PLC teams use the assessment data to develop their collective 'SMART' Goals, plan new units of instruction, and group students across the grade level for daily 'WIN' ("What I Need") blocks.

The NWEA-MAP had a different look, feel, and challenge level this year.  The NWEA has been revised to reflect new and ambitious national curriculum standards.  These rigorous new standards require students to learn skills and demonstrate the application of academic content like never before.  In order to determine our school's proficiency in teaching these new standards, there will be a new assessment tool that students across the country will engage with every spring (beginning this coming May).  The new NWEA-MAP reflects these new standards, and the testing format that students will experience during the administration of the national 'Smarter Balanced' assessment this spring.  As you might anticipate, our students responded to the challenge of the new NWEA-MAP assessment very favorably.

You can click on the following links to learn more about the NWEA-MAP, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Feel free to call, email, or stop by to visit us at CSDA if you would like to learn more about our school's student assessment program.

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