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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST Using Assessment Data to Drive Effective Decision Making Advancements in assessment capabilities provide a more accurate picture of achievement A District Administration Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on June 15, 2016 More assessment data is available to district leaders than ever before, providing insights into student learning throughout the school year and at the individual student, classroom, school and district levels. However, all of this data will not have a positive impact unless district leaders have a clear strategy to use the insights gained from assessments to inform crucial decisions. In this web seminar, two assessment and data experts from the nonprofit Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), discussed how recent advancements in district-level reporting capabilities can provide a more accurate, real-time picture of student learning, and how to use district assessment data to inform important strategic decisions. Andy Set: Today's discussion centers on our adaptive interim assessment application, called MAP. MAP is able to measure academic growth, project proficiency on state summative tests and predict college readiness. In essence, it provides information about what each student knows and is ready to learn, allowing educators to make adjustments and to fine-tune instruction to maximize learning. When you have an accurate measurement and a good, reliable scale, there are a number of things that become possible. You can use one data point to evaluate the academic preparedness of a student for college and even to predict results on the ACT, as well as using it to predict proficiency or as an alternate measure to a state test. You can also use one data point to differentiate instruction and to flexibly group students who have similar academic achievement levels. But just having a data point isn't enough. Educators want real instructional content that's meaningful for them. So we tie the score to knowledge and skills through our learning continuum, allowing teachers to ladder lessons and to select appropriate reading materials. We can also send your data seamlessly to various instructional content providers who can then provide and fine-tune the resources they offer for your students. Now let's think about two or more data points. What additional benefits does that offer? You can attract, measure and see the academic growth happening. Since you can accurately measure growth, and compare it to others in the same grade, subject and starting achievement level who are instructed for a similar period of time, you can begin to focus on how well your system is working. MAP also supports program evaluation and provides input into value-added analyses. Over the past two years, we engaged thousands of administrators and educators to find out what decisions they are faced with, and how we could better support them with information and data. Spe- View, comment, share this story online at http://DAmag.me/nwea 52 August 2016 District Administration http://www.districtadministration.com/ws061516 http://www.DAmag.me/nwea

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