Networking for Success Utilizing NWEA Tools

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Networking for Success Utilizing NWEA Tools
Barbara Hunter Cox, Director of Teaching & Learning, Dr. Ellen Treadway, Arkansas Public School Resource Center, AR
Fusion 2012, the NWEA summer conference in Portland, Oregon

This session will examine a unique collaborative approach to implementation of NWEA assessment, funded by a private foundation, managed by a state wide nonprofit and driven with NWEA expertise and tools. The partnership’s state wide network supports systematic implementation resulting in the integration of the data for instructional improvement and networking the schools to share best practices. Annually, the initiative sponsors “Growth Awards” that provides monetary support for districts, schools and individual teachers who have significant gains from the use of NWEA assessment data in their classrooms.

Learning Outcomes:
- Share our model design for implementation of NWEA in multiple sites within a state
- Share the "Growth Awards" concept and implementation strategies
- Discuss the unique partnership of a nonprofit, foundation and NWEA in a highly successful implementation design

Audience:
- New data user
- Experienced data user
- Advanced data user
- District leadership
- Curriculum and Instruction

Arkansas Public School Resource Center is a nonprofit that serves both Charter and Rural School Districts across the state. APSRC has a wide range of support services including legal, fiscal, technology and teaching and learning. APSRC has an initiative focusing on building a network of partner schools utilizing the NWEA tools resulting in an improvement in academic achievement.

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  • MAP has provided Arkansas schools with their first experience using a computer-based, adaptive assessment and serves as a springboard for discussing issues related to next generation assessments and even the NCLB waiver. MAP has opened conceptual doors for educators as they transition to the CCSS and PARCC.
  • Specially related to the early and mid-year assessment, which like MAP, may serve as diagnostic exams or growth measures.Also, issues related to the summative, computer-based PARCC assessment and the interactive nature of the possible test items.MAP will be implemented by most partners through the 14-15 school year under the current grant, and due to the nature of the PARCC assessment, we may see MAP partners opting to continue to use MAP as a means of providing targeted instruction during the transition to PARCC and beyond.
  • We learn each year about the innovative ways teachers and administratorsare using MAP data through the APSRC Growth Awards submissions. Underwritten by WFF, these awards recognize excellence in the use of MAP assessment data. Schools and districts must test with fidelity during the testing windows and show evidence of professional growth in data analysis and the transfer of learnings to the classroom over the course of the school year. The minimum criterion is 60% of students having met or exceeded projected RIT targets from fall to spring in the same year. Other data required for consideration are evidence of the use of data, which can be anything from data reports in which the teacher has made notes about grouping students, and documentation showing participation in MAP workshops through APSRC and regional hubs or on site.
  • Recently received testimonial from a high school teacher/instructional leader
  • Summary as recommendations to others.
  • Networking for Success Utilizing NWEA Tools

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    3. 3. NWEA Fusion 2012 APSRCNetworking for SuccessUtilizing NWEA Tools
    4. 4. Access the Presentation Online: Scan the QR Code Our Contact InformationLink to APSRC onlineNWEA Fusion PresentationAPSRC Growth Awards Criteria
    5. 5. TopicsMission of APSRC APSRC –NWEA PartnershipGrowth in ParticipationNWEA as a Bridge to PARCCExperiences of MAP PartnersRecommendations for Building Sustainable Partnerships
    6. 6. APSRC  The Arkansas Public School ResourceCenter is a unique nonprofit dedicated to providing technical support to andadvocating on behalf of charter and rural schools.
    7. 7. APSRC APSRC is striving to:• Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of charter and rural schools• Increase the number of high-quality school options• Enhance the perception of charter and rural schools among policymakers and the general public
    8. 8. Areas of Focus • Teaching and Learning• Technology• Finance• School Law APSRC employs 13 full-time staff to provide services to our 180 members
    9. 9. Teaching and Learning Our commitment is to ensure our partner schools are competitive in academic achievement.Our focus is providing access to: • Resources • Information • Technical Assistance • Targeted Professional Development
    10. 10. Teaching and Learning Currently, APSRC has a major initiative focusing on Common Core Implementation called Achieving by ChangingFunded with private dollars for three yearsDesigned by APSRC staffWith 47 school campuses involved in the pilotAdding 60 more campuses this fallSupported with NWEA MAP data
    11. 11. Finance The Finance staff provides assistance in: • School Improvement Planning • Federal and State categorical spending • Monitoring of fiscal areas • School financial policy development • Purchasing and inventory management • Fiscal distress • Issues in Teacher Retirement
    12. 12. Technology The Technology team specializes in hands-on trainings on how to implement Web 2.0 technology in the classroomProvides training on Technology and the Common Core State StandardsAssists with continuity plans, eRate applications and purchasing decisionsSupports the APSRC programmatic areas
    13. 13. Legal Through the staff attorneys and contract legal counsel, the team offers: Comprehensive legal servicesPolicy development andPreparation for State Board of Education, Legislative Subcommittee presentations and analysis.
    14. 14. APSRC  We provide our membership(charter and rural schools) with a voice for change and the resources for quality!
    15. 15. APSRC-NWEA Partnership • Initiated in 2009 with five charter schools in central Arkansas• Gradual growth• Used for wide range of purposes from instructional modifications to merit pay to identifying professional development needs
    16. 16. APSRC-NWEA Partnership our partner in all• Our AR NWEA team is aspects• Over a three year period, teaming with NWEA: • Investment in Time and Energy = Growth and Enrollment • NWEA MAP Workshops • On-site Data Literacy Coaching • Support Services and Management • Recognition through APSRC Growth Awards • Annual MAP Users Conferences
    17. 17. APSRC-NWEA Partnership Role of APSRC RecruiterFacilitator of ServicesProvider of Professional DevelopmentSupporterProblem-SolverCommunicatorRewarder
    18. 18. APSRC-NWEA Partnership 2011-2012 Data•  and Schools 43 MAP Partner Districts• 35 still eligible to participate in the WFF grant• 6 new MAP partners starting in Fall 2012• 159 TOTs Trained in MAP Workshops• 17 Regional MAP Workshops Provided• 48, 408 Students Tested• 7,185 Students Took Web-Based MAP• Inclusion of MAP data in Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement
    19. 19. Growth in Students Tested: 2010-2012 Students Tested 60,000  50,000 40,000Enrollment 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 Students Tested Web-based Tests Administered 2011-2012 48,408 7,185 2010-2011 19,627 0
    20. 20. Growth in Number of MAP Partners andMAP Workshop Participation: 2010-2012  Workshop ParticipantsMAP Workshops Offered at Regional Hubs Districts Enrolled 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 Districts Enrolled MAP Workshops Offered at Regional Hubs Workshop Participants 2010-2011 19 6 159 2011-2012 43 17 526
    21. 21. ABC: Achieving by Changing and Connection to NWEA Developed by APSRC, ABC is a comprehensive and integrated approach to implementing the change necessary for the transition to the Common Core State Standards.Data Literacy • Examine what is working • Build on best practicesRequirement for ABC vs. Voluntary Participation
    22. 22. NWEA and the ABC Initiative Cadre I % of MAP Partners Central-4 districts & 6 campuses-80%North Central–4 districts & 8 campuses-80%Northeast – 5 districts & 10 campuses-100%Northwest – 5 districts & 9 campuses-90%Southeast – 2 districts & 2 campuses-50%Southwest – 5 districts & 8 campuses-90%
    23. 23. NWEA as a Bridge to PARCC MAP as Springboard for discussion:• Computer-Assisted Testing• Use of Assessment Data in Instructional Modifications• Adaptive Testing• Growth over Time/Growth Measure• NCLB Waiver
    24. 24.
    25. 25. Experiences of MAP Partners APSRC Growth Awards Presented at the Fall APSRCCriteria - 60% of students met projected growth target from fall to springCategory 1 Teacher Awards- 8 at $1,000 eachCategory 2 School Awards-2 at $3,000 eachCategory 3 District Awards-2 at $8,000 each
    26. 26. APSRC Growth Awards sponsors “GrowthAnnually, the initiative Awards” that provide monetary support for districts, schools and individual teachers who have significant gains from the use of NWEA assessment data in their classrooms.Criteria for selection include: • Utilization of the Data • Artifacts • Professional Development to support use • Student work and Lesson Plans
    27. 27. Experiences of MAP Partners “I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the NWEAMAP Training I attended today!! I have been given theopportunity to truly see what we can do for our students withthe MAP results. Once we can get this fully implemented atour high school, it will be INCREDIBLE!! This willabsolutely change what an education at our high school lookslike. Needless to say, Im a little Excited about the potential!!Tom, Alison, and Sandie were wonderful. They were able toguide us to understanding as well as challenging us to create ahigh school plan.”
    28. 28. Recommendations  team Work closely with your NWEA Do not undervalue “word of mouth” Make connections as much as possible to current issues of urgency Leverage local resources to supplement NWEA resources Facilitate shared workshops and encourage districts support staff participation Record successes and challenges to share at trainings Be a responsible steward of grant funds
    29. 29. Design ElementsStrategies Utilized In Our Work Identifying and Developing OpportunitiesDeveloping a Culture of ChangeStructuring Learning Opportunities and NetworkingSharing Resources and KnowledgeRecognizing ExcellenceBuilding Sustainable Partnerships
    30. 30. Identifying and Developing Opportunities  Issue of Merit Pay tied to Student Growth Foundation funded Pilot Support new Teacher Evaluation Policy Agenda – Resulting in Act 1209 – Teacher Excellence Support System (TESS) Provide on-site Professional Development which is “tailored” to include NWEA examples
    31. 31. Building Relationships that Support a Culture of Change  Opportunity to participate in NWEA was specifically marketed to APSRC partner rural and charter schools Asked that rural/charter schools be included in Pilot for Act 1209 Rural and Charter Board of APSRC involved in issue analysis that was shared with legislative committee
    32. 32. Structuring Learning Opportunities  Instead of individual school professional development in the set up of MAP, began pairing veteran schools and novice schools resulting in cross fertilization of ideas Last year established regional partner sites as training “Hubs” which greatly accelerated participation APSRC serves as facilitator of issues and provides support – even at the school and classroom levels
    33. 33. Sharing Resources and Knowledge  With regional hub development schools assumed leadership roles Fall Conference has a NWEA focus and multiple schools present their innovations, learnings and strategies APSRC staff visited each site serving as an initial “sounding board/problem solver” Specific Professional Development was designed for Growth Awards Criteria and distributed digitally
    34. 34. Developing a Culture of Change - Building RelationshipsBuilding Relationships - Building RelationshipsCreating a support system for implementation and problem solving with APSRC as the first stepProviding personalized professional development for struggling schoolsProviding data analysis assistance and writing a section for inclusion in the ACSIP plan
    35. 35. Networking  Annual Conferences • Fall: Annual APSRC Conference with MAP Users Conference • Spring: APSRC Technology Conference • State Charter Conference • Ongoing: Learning from the Leaders Drive-In ConferencesInnovative Technologywww.apsrc.net
    36. 36. Strategies Utilized In Our Work  Building Strategic Alliances Designing Systematic Implementation with feedback loops Building Capacity at the school site Focusing on Connecting NWEA to the real “work” of schools Reporting Outcomes Celebrating Successes
    37. 37. Collaborative Approach Funded by a private foundationManaged by a state-wide nonprofitDriven with NWEA expertise and tools
    38. 38. Outcomes of Partnership State-wide network supports systematic implementationResulting in the integration of the data for instructional improvement andNetworking so that schools can share best practices
    39. 39. Arkansas Public School Resource Center www.apsrc.net (501)492-4300 Barbara Hunter CoxDirector, Teaching and Learning bhuntercox@apsrc.net Ellen TreadwayTeaching and Learning Specialist etreadway@apsrc.net

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