Assessing Growth and Skills in Early Learning

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Originally presented as a webinar on 11.08.12. View a recording at nwea.org/earlylearningwebinar1

If your current assessment tools aren't meeting the unique needs of your youngest learners, this webinar is essential. You'll see a demonstration of adaptive literacy and mathematics assessments developed for Pre-K – 3 by early childhood experts. You'll learn how these proven tools can help you track growth, differentiate instruction, and set students on the right path well before 3rd grade high stakes tests begin.

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Assessing Growth and Skills in Early Learning

  1. 1. Assessing Growth & Skills in Early Learning Adaptive Assessment Tools for Pre-K - 3 Kristy Smith & Eric Nelson Originally presented as a webinar on 11.08.12. View a recording at nwea.org/earlylearningwebinar1Measures of Academic Progress, MAP, DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning, Partnering to help all kidslearn, Power of Instructional Design, Power of Teaching, Power of Coaching, Keeping Learning on Track,and Learning Plans on Demand are registered trademarks of NWEA in the U.S. and in other countries.Northwest Evaluation Association, NWEA, GRD, KLT, Skills Pointer, Children’s Progress AcademicAssessment, and CPAA are trademarks of NWEA in the U.S. and in other countries.Lexile® is a trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc., and is registered in the United States and abroad.The names of other companies and their products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda• Key Early Learning Challenges• Early Learning Assessment Solutions – Growth – Skill Development – Using Data to Guide Instruction 2
  3. 3. Who are we?• Research based, not-for- profit, mission-driven• 6,600+ partners worldwide• Largest growth database: 4.5 Billion+ records• Proprietary RIT Scale: Stable for over 20 years• Key to our mission: 35+ years of research, advocacy• 360º Support System: Year- round tech support, PD, free online resources, 11,500+ member SPARK Community 3
  4. 4. The Early Grades are a Critical Time for LearningA student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade isfour times less likely to graduate by age 19 than achild who does read proficiently by that time.American Educational Research AssociationEarly intervention is the most cost effective approachto closing the achievement gap.Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) InfobriefInvestments in early education programs offer a returnof $1.80 to as much as $17.07 for every $1.00 spent.RAND (2005) Study 4
  5. 5. Early Educators Face Many Challenges• MORE pressure to: – Ensure all students are on track before 3rd grade – Differentiate instruction & meet RTI demands• But NOT ENOUGH: – Time to evaluate & address individual needs – Actionable data to inform instruction – Resources to engage parents – Support for English Language Learners – Valid & reliable tools aligned to Common Core or state standards 5
  6. 6. How can we help all of our youngest students succeed?We need to be able to answer 2 critical questions about each student: What skills has this Is this student student developed growing as & what is she ready expected? to learn next? Guide instruction throughout the year 6
  7. 7. How can we help all of our youngest students succeed?We need to be able to answer 2 critical questions about each student: What skills has this Is this student Skill student developed Growth growing as & what is she ready expected? Development to learn next? Guide instruction throughout the year 7
  8. 8. How can we help all of our youngest students succeed?We need to be able to answer 2 critical questions about each student: What skills has this Is this student Skill student developed Growth growing as & what is she ready expected? Development to learn next? Guide instruction throughout the year 8
  9. 9. Building Success in EarlyLearning With Our Partners 9
  10. 10. Partnering to help all kids learn® Assessing GrowthSneak Peek: Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) for Primary Grades
  11. 11. Highlights: MAP® for Primary Grades• Valid & reliable growth measure• K-2, Early Literacy & Math• Engaging• Adaptive, RIT scale• Efficient• Instant reports• NCRTI List: Universal Screener• Provides K-12 continuity with MAP 11
  12. 12. RIT Scale as a Yardstick• Rasch Unit• Stable equal-interval scale• Linked to curriculum• Achievement scale• Measures item difficulty• Shows growth over time• Cross graded 12
  13. 13. RIT Scale Norms 13
  14. 14. Measuring Growth, Not Grade Adult Literacy Classroom Score Distribution4th grade2nd gradeKindergarten Beginning Reading 14
  15. 15. Dynamically Built to Adapt to Each Student Adult Literacy Experience: high performing student This student’s instructional level (ZPD)Beginning Reading 15
  16. 16. Dynamically Built to Adapt to Each Student Adult Literacy Experience: low performing student This student’s instructional level (ZPD)Beginning Reading 16
  17. 17. Assessment Look & Feel 17
  18. 18. Sneak Peek: Reports• Immediate – Individual• Instructional Group & Class Reports• Standard Deviation & Standard Error• Strength/Weakness 18
  19. 19. Guiding Instruction 19
  20. 20. Guiding Instruction 20
  21. 21. Guiding Instruction 21
  22. 22. Guiding Instruction Learning goals for this skill, tailored to this student’s instructional level (ZPD) 22
  23. 23. Student Growth 23
  24. 24. Big Picture: ProjectedProficiency 24
  25. 25. Big Picture: Growth 25
  26. 26. Big Picture: Growth 26
  27. 27. 3 Different Types of Measures Within MAP® for Primary Grades• Survey with Goals Tests (adaptive) – Measures growth in reading and mathematics skills – Usually administered 3x/year• Screening Tests (diagnostic, not adaptive) – Assess basic letter/number skills• Skills Checklist Tests (diagnostic, not adaptive) – Assess development in a specific literacy/numeracy skill 27
  28. 28. Partnering to help all kids learn®Assessing Skill DevelopmentSneak Peek: Children’s Progress Academic Assessment™ (CPAA™)
  29. 29. Highlights: Children’s Progress Academic Assessment™ (CPAA™)• Skill data to drive instruction• PK-3, Early Literacy & Math• Child-friendly & fun• Adaptive, scaffolded• Efficient• Instant reports• Instructional recommendations• Available in Spanish for PK-2• Parent communication 29
  30. 30. Assessment Look & Feel 30
  31. 31. The Benefit of Scaffolded AssessmentInitial Question With Scaffolding Correct 31% 69% Incorrect 31
  32. 32. The Benefit of Scaffolded AssessmentInitial Question With Scaffolding Different instructional needs Correct on first try 31% 52% 17% Correct with a hint Incorrect, even with hint 32
  33. 33. 33 challenging More hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hintAdaptive Structure Rhyming Phonemic hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Addition hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Counting Syllable hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Phonemic Awareness Sound Blending Vowel hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Winter, First Grade Sound hint Final
  34. 34. 34 hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint RhymingPhonemic hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hintAddition hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Counting Syllable hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Blending Sound Vowel hint hint hint Final Sound incorrect hint correct correct w/ hint
  35. 35. 35 hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint RhymingPhonemic hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hintAddition hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Counting Syllable hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Blending Sound Vowel hint hint hint hint Final Sound incorrect hint correct correct w/ hint
  36. 36. 36 hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hintThousands of Unique Paths hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint through a single Concept hint hint hint hint hint in a single grade hint hint hint incorrect hint correct correct w/ hint
  37. 37. Sneak Peek: Reports• Instant• Web-based DISTRICT• Standards-aligned• Narratives & SCHOOL Rubric scoring• Instructional recommendations CLASS STUDENT 37
  38. 38. Student Level DISTRICT SCHOOL CLASS STUDENT 38
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  44. 44. Class Level DISTRICT SCHOOL CLASS STUDENT 44
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  49. 49. Partnering to help all kids learn®Using Growth & Skill Data to Inform Instruction MAP® for Primary Grades + CPAA™
  50. 50. Ongoing Assessment of Growth and Skills Fall Winter Spring Ongoing Skills Assessment (Children’s Progress) MAP MAP MAPGrowth Baseline Optional growth data point Growth Outcome 50
  51. 51. Recap: Applying the Data• Screen & track growth over time• Identify literacy & mathematics skill gaps• Differentiate instruction & inform grouping decisions• Engage parents• Distinguish ELL learning needs from language acquisition needs• Complement your use of assessments in older grades 51
  52. 52. Full Support System• Support – Phone & email; year-round• Professional Development – On-site or online; empowering your team with best practices• Educator Community – 11,500+ member SPARK Community; annual Fusion conference 52
  53. 53. Thank you for attending! Discuss your early learningneeds with an NWEA specialist:nwea.org/EarlyLearningContact

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