I need help, please! I don't know when to administer the screening tests or skills checklists and/or what those assessments look like. I teach RtI for 3rd-5th, but am also helping our K-2 campus implement MAP testing.
Hi Jill! If you do have access to our Professional Learning Online (formerly know as Destination PD) look for the course title. MAP Growth K-2: Basics. I think you will find it helpful. Another place you can look is in the Quick References when you log into the Reports site (teach.mapnwea.org). This is on the right side of the landing page when you log in. Click on Quick References and look for the title: For Teachers and then Early Learning Test Selection.
Thanks for your question Jill! Do you know what Professional Learning your school has participated in focused on MAP Growth K-2? I am tagging some of our consultants to assist in providing you with more information on the look and function of the assessment. It would be helpful to know if you have access to our Professional Learning Online where resources from NWEA workshops are available to partners who have participated in specific Professional Learning opportunities.. There are resources there that would be helpful for you. Thanks in advance for providing us with more information that we can use to support your needs!
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Teachers tend to use the Skills Checklist and Screening tools differently, based on their specific needs. Some teachers use these between MAP Growth benchmark windows to support assessment of discrete skill acquisition that is tied to intervention. In other words, they use the Skills Checklists to track an intervention that they have put in place and they often use the Screening as a more comprehensive view of how that intervention is working to close a gap in reading readiness or math readiness.
Another way that teachers use these tools is as a screening tool for entry into kindergarten. Some teachers use the Screening tools for this purpose because they are a bit more comprehensive, but some teachers use the Skills Checklists for this purpose. The Skills Checklists are measure more discrete skills than the Screening tools. For example, there is a Skills Checklist that focuses only on word families, however the Screening tool for reading measures phonics and phonological awareness. Either method is correct. It just depends on your purpose. If you want global information about reading readiness or math readiness, for the purpose of instruction, then use the Screening Instruments. If you want a more discrete measure of specific skills, then use the Skills Checklists.
Recently, a group of teachers told me that they are using the Skills Checklists as formative assessment tools. They administer the specific Skills Checklist that ties to their current instruction and then form instructional groups using the data. When they feel that students are beginning to master the content, they re-administer the same Skills Checklist and make instructional decisions based on that data.
I would love to hear how you decide to use these tools.
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