Michigan Approves K-3 Assessment Solutions from NWEA

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has approved the MAP Growth System and Skills Checklists from the not-for-profit NWEA as initial and extensive

School districts in Manistee County will be joining others from around the state in using the same assessment for Third Grade reading skills. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has approved the MAP Growth System and Skills Checklists from the not-for-profit NWEA as initial and extensive assessments to support the state’s Early Literacy Initiative.

School districts in Manistee County will be joining others from around the state in using the same assessment for Third Grade reading skills. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has approved the MAP Growth System and Skills Checklists from the not-for-profit NWEA as initial and extensive assessments to support the state’s Early Literacy Initiative.

assessments to support the state’s Early Literacy Initiative.

Starting this fall, districts can use NWEA’s assessment solutions to screen young students and measure their academic performance and growth in the early grades. Because the MAP Growth System is tightly aligned with Michigan’s K-3 English Language Arts standards, it can help teachers determine if students are on track for the third grade, as well as predict how they may perform on state tests.

NWEA is a longtime partner of many schools and districts in Michigan. The assessment provides educators with timely, valid, and reliable data to inform instruction and benchmark student academic growth. Because it is computer-adaptive, MAP Growth dynamically adjusts to each student’s performance, creating a personalized assessment experience that identifies what a student knows and is able to do, and what he or she is ready to learn next.

Educators can use the results to differentiate instruction for students in need of remediation and high performers requiring additional enrichment. NWEA has forged partnerships with the largest array of commonly used curriculum providers, giving Michigan educators the greatest flexibility to personalize instruction for students performing at every level.

“We’re proud to be selected as a provider of high-quality early literacy assessments in Michigan, as well as in a number of other states, including Arkansas, Arizona, and Nevada,” said Matt Chapman, CEO of NWEA. “We look forward to working with more Michigan teachers to help them best use assessment data to support the learning, growth, and literacy skills development of their young students.”

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