Jaime Vazquez

A Teacher’s Survival Guide for Family Conferences

Blog Post created by Jaime Vazquez on Oct 11, 2019

Fall has flown byand if your students have completed their fall MAP Growth testing, it’s the perfect time to get ready to use data for family conferences. If you’ve got a lot of data, but not a lot of time, this post is for you: here’s a quick guide to bringing the right data to family conferences, and turning it into meaningful action. 

First Things First: The Family Report

If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check out the new Family Report. It’s a one-page printout you can use to give them a snapshot of how their student is performing. This is really the best place to start, because it covers the basics (like, “What’s a RIT score?”), shows each student’s MAP score in the context of norms, and it provides useful projections about future performance based on current performance.

The Family Report is rich enough to spark conversations with families about how they can support their child’s growth goals at homeand there are other useful resources that are worth exploring here, too. 

If Families Want to Learn More

Family conferences are short, relative to the amount of information you have to communicate, so if families want to learn more, be sure to let them know about the NWEA Family Toolkit. It’s a collection of information and resources about the MAP Suite and the research behind it. From the Family Toolkit page, they can see answers to frequently asked questions, view sample reports, and see video examples of what testing is like. (Spoiler alert: one of the most useful resources in the toolkit is a letter you can use to let families know about MAP testing, and encourage them to learn more.)

Lastly, if you're working with parents who speak different languages, be sure to reference the translated family guides.

What are your go-to strategies for sharing data at family conferences? Tell us about your most successful techniques in the comments!

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