Common Core MAP Interim Assessment from NWEA Approved for Statewide Use by New Mexico Public Education Department

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Educators throughout the state will use the MAP assessment as a tool to track their students’ academic growth during the Common Core transition and beyond.

With this approval, educators in New Mexico will have access to data on each student’s actual achievement level, regardless of his or her grade, as well as each student’s projected proficiency on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment.

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) today announced that its computer adaptive assessment solution Measures of Academic Progress® Common Core State Standards Interim Assessment (MAP® CCSSIA) has been approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department for use in all public schools statewide at grades 4-10. Data from MAP CCSSIA will be used by educators to track their students’ academic growth term-to-term and year-to-year, and to provide detailed information that can be used address students’ individual learning needs.

Because MAP CCSSIA is an interim assessment, delivered 3-4 times each school year, the test results empower educators to make instructional, curricular or programmatic changes throughout the year that keep students on track for academic success. As New Mexico schools transition from state standards to the Common Core standards, with corresponding changes in curriculum, MAP CCSSIA will allow them to track each student’s progress on a consistent, stable scale.

MAP CCSSIA is a blended model, multi-segment test that measures academic growth along with grade level proficiency to provide educators with a deep understanding of student achievement. It’s a powerful assessment tool that accurately pinpoints the precise instructional level of each student. Data from the assessment provides valuable information to educators about the concepts each student has mastered, and those they are ready to learn.

MAP CCSSIA also empowers New Mexico educators to track school and district performance, predict proficiency on high-stakes end-of-year tests, and identify a student’s trajectory toward college readiness.

“We are proud that MAP CCSSIA has been approved in New Mexico,” said Matt Chapman, president and CEO of NWEA. “With this approval, educators in New Mexico will have access to data on each student’s actual achievement level, regardless of his or her grade, as well as each student’s projected proficiency on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment—a winning combination that should help teachers adjust instruction in powerful ways.”

About Northwest Evaluation Association

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon. NWEA partners with educational organizations worldwide to provide computer-based assessment suites, professional development and research services. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) adaptive assessments from NWEA leverage more than 30 years of research into student growth that informs decision-making at every level, from classrooms to boardrooms. The NWEA research center, The Kingsbury Center, uses the Growth Research Database (GRDTM) to drive original research with universities, foundations and policymakers. Learn more at NWEA.org.

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