District Assessement: NWEA
In addition to state mandated tests, Clarenceville School District administers norm-referenced standardized tests in grades K-12. These norm-referenced tests provide another snapshot of student performance in relation to students nationwide and help teachers adjust instruction.
Clarenceville School District is pleased to provide NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) assessments for our students. NWEA assessments are national on-line computer-adaptive tests. Students typically take NWEA assessments three times each school year in Reading and Mathematics, while also sometimes assessing Language Arts and Science. Assessments are self-paced and most students complete one subject in 30-60 minutes. “Computer-Adaptive” means that each test is adjusted to each student as he or she is taking the test. Students who show they can do more challenging work are provided more advanced or challenging questions as they answer these questions correctly. Students who may struggle to answer questions at a particular level are provided questions at levels more appropriate to their ability. This adjusting up and down throughout the test allows the NWEA assessments to provide a customized picture of each individual student’s performance. Reports from these assessments are greatly beneficial to teachers whose classes often have a wide range of student performance levels and abilities. This customization is helpful to parents and students as well, as they can readily see where the student is performing, whether above, below, or at grade level.
NWEA provides a number of resources for educators to assist in interpreting student and class scores, and to provide guidance for each student’s next steps in learning. By assessing multiple time a year, year after year, a unique learning profile develops for each student. Teachers, parents, and students can use this information to celebrate successes, to identify next steps in coursework, and to set clear goals for student learning.
The resources below gave been gathered to help answer a number of questions regarding the NWEA assessments, especially those around administering the assessments and interpreting the results.