Students Wrapping up Fall NWEA Testing

Students in grades 1-12 across the district have completed or will be completing the fall test within the next week or two. But what is NWEA and how does the district and teachers use the information from this standardized test?

In 1973, educators and researchers from Oregon and Washington state school districts formed an association to build a new kind of testing system. They were determined to create a new, precise way to measure an individual student’s academic level and growth—and then to use the resulting data as a transformational teaching tool. Four years after these innovators pooled their time and talents, Northwest Evaluation Association was incorporated in Oregon. The testing system they devised forever changed the way teachers teach and students learn.

Children learn better—and faster—when teachers have a clear picture of what each student knows and is ready to learn next. That’s why a group of educators and researchers founded NWEA®, a not-for-profit organization that has created some of the most trusted and reliable assessment solutions available. More than 9 million students in the US and in 140 countries worldwide use MAP® Growth™. Parent’s Guide to MAP Growth How it Works MAP Growth is a computer-adaptive test. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This type of assessment challenges top performers without overwhelming students whose skills are below grade level. (Information from

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