CEESA/ECIS Assessment Summit Focuses on Supporting Schools, Educators in Europe Using the MAP Growth Assessment

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Sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools and Hosted by American International School of Bucharest, Training Will Be Delivered by NWEA on September 22-24

The second annual Fall Assessment Summit from the Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) and the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) will deliver training to educators in Europe using the MAP growth assessment. MAP, from the not-for-profit education services organization NWEA, is the most precise tool to measure student academic growth. More than 70 educators from across the continent are expected to attend the Summit at the American International School of Bucharest in Romania on September 22-24, 2016.

The three-day summit will concentrate on using MAP data to improve learning. Sessions will provide formal training from NWEA staff on accessing, interpreting and applying MAP data to inform instruction and support student growth. Educators will also learn about MAP best practices and engage in discussions about how to effectively use assessment data to inform school improvement planning. Other assessment experts and regional teachers and administrators will share ways they use data from MAP and other formative and summative assessments to improve learning in their schools.

“This event will provide our educators with practical training to confidently use MAP data to enhance teaching and learning and support student growth, as well as an opportunity to connect with and learn from other teachers in the region who are also using MAP,” said Kathy Stetson, Executive Director of CEESA.

NWEA has been working with international schools since 2007, and MAP is currently used in more than 780 international schools in 145 countries, including 75 schools in Europe. More than 300,000 students use the MAP assessment internationally.

In addition to using MAP data to support student performance, international educators can compare their students’ performance to that of other international students in their region and in other countries, as well as check how their students are keeping pace with their peers in the United States.

“NWEA is committed to ensuring educators abroad understand how to use MAP and apply the valuable data it provides,” said Matt Chapman, CEO of NWEA. “We are excited at this opportunity to connect with our European partners.”

This year’s Assessment Summit will be the third professional development event for educators in Europe using the MAP growth assessment, following regional trainings in London in 2014 and in Berlin in 2015.

About NWEA
NWEA, which pioneered both growth and computer adaptive assessments, was started nearly 40 years ago by educators and researchers to build a new kind of testing system. Today it is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship MAP growth assessment; Skills Navigator®, our skills mastery and progress monitoring tool; and as the U.S. provider of OECD Test for Schools, based on the international PISA assessment. More than 7,800 schools, districts, education agencies in the U.S. and around the world trust us to offer PreK-12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and mastery and inform instruction; professional development that fosters educators' ability to accelerate student learning; and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. Educators currently use NWEA assessments with nearly eight million students. Learn more at nwea.org.


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