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The information below is designed to help you prepare for the expanded student test engagement capability launching in MAP® Growth™ for fall 2019. Please consider this as part of your preparation for next school year and share this information with your colleagues. 

Expanded student test engagement capability coming in July 2019 
When students are motivated to perform on tests, they tend to do better. If they disengage during a test by rapid-guessing excessively on questions, their performance can be misrepresented. 

That’s why we’re expanding the student test engagement capability in MAP Growth in July 2019 for fall testing. Learn more about the features and benefits and check out other student test engagement resources at our new Student Test Engagement Resources page. We will post additional resources to this page as they become available. 

Considerations that will help you prepare  
As we approach July 2019, you can prepare for the new student test engagement functionality by considering impacts to your training, policies, and MAP Growth configuration. Specifically, you can:

  • Plan to cover the student test engagement capability in your fall 2019 MAP Growth training plan. It will be especially important to support proctors in understanding the new auto-pause feature. As we get closer to July, we’ll post resources, including videos, at the Student Test Engagement Resource page to support your training efforts.

  • Assess your district’s retesting policy. When students rapid-guess on 30 percent or more of the total test questions, tests will not be terminated or invalidated, but NWEA® strongly recommends retesting these students. The expanded student test engagement capability will make it easier to identify and retest these students. If you wish to allow these students to retest, evaluate whether your district and/or state testing policies allow for this and make any necessary changes.

  • Ensure your test restrictions in MAP Growth reflect your retesting policy. System administrators and district assessment coordinators should review this guidance document to learn how to allow—or not allow—retesting of students who reached the 30 percent threshold for excessive rapid guessing. This may involve changing your “district’s retesting rules (definition of tested)” configuration in MAP Growth, which requires contact with NWEA.

Save the Date 
Join us, June 19 at 10 a.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. ET, for a Student Test Engagement webinar to help you understand the benefits of the new features and how to prepare for fall testing. Registration details to follow soon. 

 

Questions? 
If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them through our online form in the NWEA Connection community. You can also email us at techsupport@nwea.org, chat with us (using the chat window under Support), or call us directly at 855.225.9926. 

When a student makes highlights or enters notes on the notepad on a common stimulus passage in MAP Growth 2–5 and 6+ tests and practice tests, those highlights and notes will now remain when the student moves between items related to that passage or if the student resets an item. Note: The highlighter feature is not available for use on iPads.

We have updated our student test engagement capability FAQ with new details for Fall 2019. Improvements focus on keeping students engaged with the MAP Growth test and supporting optional retesting. Notable updates include the following:

 

  • The rule that terminates and invalidates tests when students rapid guess on 30 percent of the questions will not be part of the Fall 2019 release. We'd first like to get your feedback on the impact of other Fall 2019 features that we expect to increase student test engagement. This will help us determine how we can continue to enhance the test engagement capability in a way that is responsive to your needs.
  • New additions to the expanded Fall 2019 functionality since we last updated you in January include:
    • A new report will be available to help districts identify students that rapid-guessed on 30 percent of the total test questions.
    • Districts will be able to work with NWEA® to configure the system to allow, or not allow, retesting for students who rapid-guessed on 30 percent of the total test questions.
    • Proctors and administrators will be able to use the test session management page to easily find students who rapid guessed on 30 percent of the total test questions. If the district configuration allows, they can assign these students to a new test in a group.

A new version (3.2) of the NWEA Secure Testing App for the iPad was released to the App Store on 2/15/2019. This update is currently optional but recommended for spring MAP Growth testing and will be mandatory for fall 2019 MAP Growth testing.

 

In fall 2019, iOS 10 will no longer be supported for iPad testing, so please plan accordingly and update your iOS version. This change will make testing on 4th generation iPads no longer possible.

Starting this fall, Spanish versions of MAP Growth math and reading tests will be included with your MAP Growth license at no additional cost. The same assessments you know and data you trust are now available to provide more complete insights on your Spanish-speaking students’ academic performance and help you determine how to better meet their needs.

 

If you missed the announcement last month, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

As a reminder, this May, instead of receiving an email with all of the details about product updates, you will receive a brief email notification that product update information for all MAP® Suite products is available in NWEA Connection.

 

Because you are a partner in a state that has a contract with NWEA, your MAP Suite Product Update page is specific to your state, reflecting information tailored to your state’s requirements. If you were to click on the Product Updates icon from the main NWEA Connection page, it would take you to a Product Update page that is not specific to your state. For this reason, we recommend that you bookmark your state-specific page.

 

Here’s what you can do to get ready:

  • For login help, see this article on how to create an NWEA Connection login. Beginning in May, the link in your email will take you directly to the Product Update page.
  • You can adjust your email and notification preferences to receive an email when an update occurs and when comments are made, or you can disable this feature if you do not wish to receive these notifications.
  • Set up a bookmark by clicking the “follow” button on your state-specific Product Update page. (Note: It will not create a bookmark in your browser tab but will instead allow quick access from within the community by selecting "My places" from the drop-down tab under your profile photo.)

 

We will continue to provide additional information and guidance on this process as we approach May. Until May, complete update information will be available both in the online community and inside the emails.

We discovered an issue during the week of February 18 related to the highlighter functionality for students using iPad devices when taking MAP Growth tests. To ensure the student test experience is free from this known issue, we are removing the highlighter functionality for students using iPad devices on March 3, 2019. Downtime is required for all products, including NSCAS Summative, and will occur between 8:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m PT. We will update you when the feature is ready for re-release. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Partner Support at 855-225-9926.

Product Update

App and IOS updates

Posted by Product Update Feb 22, 2019

An app update (which is available in the App Store) must be updated prior to summative testing

 

In fall 2019, iOS 10 will no longer be supported for iPad testing, so please plan accordingly and update your iOS version. This change will make testing on 4th generation iPads no longer possible.

As a reminder, this May, instead of receiving an email with all of the details about product updates, you will receive a brief email notification that product update information for all MAP Suite products is available in NWEA Connection. Because you are a partner in a state that has a contract with NWEA, your MAP Suite Product Update page is specific to your state, reflecting information tailored to your state’s requirements. If you were to click on the Product Updates icon from the main NWEA Connection page, it would take you to a Product Update page that is not specific to your state. For this reason, we recommend that you bookmark your state-specific page.

 

Here’s what you can do to get ready:

  • For login help, see this article on how to create an NWEA Connection login. Beginning in May, the link in your email will take you directly to the Product Update page.
  • You can adjust your email and notification preferences to receive an email when an update occurs and when comments are made, or you can disable this feature if you do not wish to receive these notifications.
  • Set up a bookmark by clicking the “follow” button on your state-specific Product Update page. (Note: It will NOT create a bookmark in your browser tab but will instead allow quick access from within the community by selecting "My places" from the drop-down tab under your profile photo.)

We will continue to provide additional information and guidance on this process as we approach May. Until May, complete update information will be available both in the online community and inside the emails.

The “Good Job” dog at the end of the MAP Growth K–2 tests will now show text in Spanish and English to congratulate the student. The audio will continue to be in English.

An updated version of the secure testing browser for Mac will be available on the homepage under the Information Center section beginning December 21. This new version of the Mac secure testing browser will be required for the Spring 2019 NSCAS General Summative Assessment. This update will address disruptions experienced with the Flash Player update manager or an Apple process running in the background.

Because you are a partner in a state that has a contract with NWEA, your MAP Suite Product Update page is specific to your state, reflecting information tailored to your state’s requirements. If you were to click on the Product Updates icon from the main NWEA Connection page, it would take you to a Product Update page that is not specific to your state. For this reason, we recommend that you Bookmark your state specific page.

 

Here’s what you can do to get ready:

  • For login help, see this article on how to create an NWEA Connection login. Beginning in May, the link in your email will take you directly to the Product Update page.
  • You can adjust your email and notification preferences for the community to receive an email when an update occurs, and when comments are made, or you can disable this feature if you do not wish to receive these notifications.
  • Set up a bookmark by clicking the “follow” button on the Product Update page. (Note: It will not create a bookmark in your browser tab, but will instead allow quick access from within the community by selecting "My places" from the drop down tab under your profile photo.)

 

We will continue to provide additional information and guidance on this process as we approach May. Until May, all update information will be available both in the online community and inside the email.