Ohio Department of Education Selects NWEA MAP Growth as a Pre-Approved Assessment for Ohio Schools for Ninth Consecutive Year

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MAP Growth Approved for Use in Four Assessment Categories, Including Diagnostic and Standardized Assessments for K-3 Reading

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"This partnership provides us the opportunity to continue our mission in Ohio to help all kids learn.” -- Chris Minnich, CEO of NWEA

NWEA, the not-for-profit provider of assessment solutions, today announced that the Ohio Department of Education has selected MAP® Growth™ as pre-approved third-party assessments for use by all Ohio school districts for the 2019-2020 school year. This is the ninth consecutive year that MAP Growth has been chosen as a pre-approved assessment for Ohio schools.

The MAP Growth assessments were approved by the Ohio Department of Education to measure student academic performance and growth in support of the state’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, a program to identify students from kindergarten through grade 3 that are behind in reading. In all, MAP Growth was approved for use in four assessment categories: Comparable Assessments to Ohio’s K-3 Diagnostic Assessment for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee; Alternative Standardized Assessments for Third Grade Reading; Teacher and Principal Evaluation for ELA/Math untested grades K-12; and Identification for Children Who are Gifted.

Aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards, MAP Growth provides precise, immediate, and actionable data to measure student growth. Public school districts in Ohio have been using MAP Growth assessments for more than a decade. Today, 30 percent of students in Ohio are given MAP Growth assessments to measure academic growth.

Southwest Local School District, in Harrison, Ohio, uses MAP Growth to measure the academic growth of its 4,000 students. “At first, it was utilized to focus on areas of weakness in learning,” said teacher, Sheila Reynolds. “As we developed, MAP Growth data was used to identify strengths and weaknesses to assist in setting goals for students.”

The state selected MAP Growth as an approved assessment after a rigorous review of MAP Growth’s alignment to the state’s Learning Standards. In addition, the Ohio Department of Education evaluated the assessment for reliability and validity; its ability to measure growth for all students; student data security; clear test administration, scoring procedures; powerful reporting features; and comprehensive training and professional support.

“We are pleased to continue our important work with Ohio schools and teachers to support student academic growth, particularly in early literacy,” said Chris Minnich, CEO of NWEA. “MAP Growth supports the Ohio Department of Education’s assessment goals by providing immediate and reliable data to help identify students currently on track academically, as well as those falling behind, or ahead of their peers. This partnership provides us the opportunity to continue our mission in Ohio to help all kids learn.”

MAP Growth provides a precise measure of a K-12 student’s academic growth. A computer-adaptive assessment, it adjusts to each student’s responses to provide personalized results about what each student knows, is able to do, and is ready to learn next—whether on, above, or below grade level. Teachers receive immediate and actionable information in easy-to-use reports to help differentiate instruction for students in need of remediation and those high performers requiring additional enrichment. Because MAP Growth tracks individual student growth over time, it can help predict each student’s proficiency and college readiness.

MAP Growth is noted for its stable, equal-interval cross-grade scale and the accurate, valid, and reliable data it provides. This interim assessment provides nationally representative norms derived from more than 10 million students in the U.S.

MAP Growth includes innovative features to help teachers connect assessment data to classroom instruction, and ensure that all students can benefit from assessment activities. Through partnerships with the industry’s most extensive array of curriculum and instructional providers, teachers have the flexibility to use MAP Growth results with their current curricula and instructional tools. MAP Growth also supports the district-, school-, and class-level need for educational technologies to provide accessibility and accommodation features.

MAP Growth, MAP® Skills™, and MAP® Reading Fluency™ comprise the MAP® Suite from NWEA, a comprehensive assessment system with multiple ways to utilize assessment to improve instruction.

About NWEA
NWEA® is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency— and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative Pre-K–12 assessments, professional learning that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. Educators in more than 10,000 schools, districts, and education agencies in 141 countries rely on our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™.

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