NWEA MAP Assessments

Northwest Evaluation Association

HUDSON ISD - 2017-2018

We will have NWEA as our universal screener for Math and Reading for RTI beginning 17-18. We will only do DIBELS if necessary on Bonner Campus. Any Burst or DIBELS manuals will need to be collected for storage. We will also give a Science (5) screener and a Language Screener (4) this year through NWEA. The schedule below will be followed for screening purposes. Times are estimated and the possibility of rescheduling is probable.

NWEA Pilot Year 16-17

Hudson piloted the NWEA program last year with advanced and academy classes to answer the following questions:

What do the screenings look like instructionally?

How long will it take the students to complete?

What information does it give us?

Is it more relevant to our teaching and their learning compared to DIBELS?

How difficult is the technical platform?

This year we are requesting more assistance with reports and how to use them in the classroom. We are also interested in personal goal setting for academic growth. The major question: What does the progress monitoring piece look like instructionally and is it relevant to their needs?

Technology Requirements

Bonner will need the NWEA/MAP app pushed out to every iPad on the campus. The lockdown browser can be accessed in the Software Center and will need to be on every laptop used by students. MAP tests must be operated under the lockdown to keep students from trying to exit the test or accidently shutting it off. Robert Inman will pushing out the lockdown browsers.

NWEA's Stance on Testing

Empowering students by providing them with equal opportunities to learn and grow is important to us—and we know it’s important to you, too. That’s why Northwest Evaluation AssociationTM (NWEATM) is committed to creating assessments that meet the unique learning needs of all students, including those with disabilities. Ensuring that our assessments are accessible, easy to use, and reliable is part of an ongoing initiative to remove barriers and improve accommodations for students with disabilities.

Norm-Referenced Testing (NWEA) VS. Criterion-Referenced Testing (STAAR)

Norm-referenced tests (or NRTs) compare an examinee’s performance to that of other examinees. Standardized examinations such as the SAT are norm-referenced tests. The goal is to rank the set of examinees so that decisions about their opportunity for success (e.g. college entrance) can be made.

Criterion-referenced tests (or CRTs) differ in that each examinee’s performance is compared to a pre-defined set of criteria or a standard. The goal with these tests is to determine whether or not the candidate has the demonstrated mastery of a certain skill or set of skills. These results are usually “pass” or “fail” .

NWEA General Overview