The difference: Yes,
there were student achievement gains.
This was apparent in all areas assessed by NWEA. This is tracked through DesCartes. Several teachers sought additional training
opportunities and have developed proficiency in using this data to support
instructional planning. Other data that
supports our conclusions about NWEA supporting instruction and students’
performance would be seen through NECAP and Colorado Writing Prompts (using 6
Traits). We have used this data to
inform student class placement and need for student services support.
conditions: Part of what made this project
successful was the connection of trained staff in our building who are
proficient and committed to using this source.
for the future: Engage the
Principal more fully during the application process to ensure his understanding
and support of the commitment. Also,
engage more teachers so that it does not become dependent on administrators. Teachers also need improved access to
computers for this project to be successful.
Our training always took place in a lab where they did not download
any student results and were dependent on being fairly proficient in their
computer technology skills. We would
use this data more fully with our other evaluation sources – NECAP, Follow
the Child Kid Grids, etc.
Recommendations: NWEA testing offers a strong and respected second
source for assessing students’ skills.
Students like taking a test on the computer – for many it appears to
be less intimidating or less overwhelming than a paper/pencil test.
our story: Parents have received their
child’s score/data information along with a cover letter that offers
additional information to parents.
Staff has been part of conversations around the impact of this
project. This has been reported out at
administrative team meetings
to share: List of documents: Agenda for staff training from
November 2007, Key documents from website, Cover letter to parents