Colo. district adopts new assessment system with real-time feedback

Jefferson County establishes partnership to boost assessment success

assessment-partnershipJefferson County Public Schools (Jeffco), Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and MasteryConnect have entered into a partnership to provide high-quality interim assessment tools to all schools in the Golden, Colo. district.

“To track and improve student learning, we need a comprehensive assessment system that returns actionable information to best support our teachers and students,” said Dan McMinimee, Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools. “Partnering with NWEA and MasteryConnect will help us ensure our interim assessment system delivers maximum instructional value throughout the district.”

Jeffco teachers and administrators involved in the selection process unanimously voted to replace the district’s previous assessments with NWEA’s interim assessment system. The key component of this system is NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress Assessment (MAP).

Next page: More information about the partnership and plans for assessments moving forward

The MAP assessment is a computer adaptive interim assessment, providing educators with real-time feedback on student learning to design personalized instructional approaches for individual student needs. Other tools offered in the comprehensive system will include MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) and MAP Science Assessments.

“With MAP, teachers gain the benefit of having years of research and assessment specialists creating a reliable, comparable assessment, and the teachers do not have to create their own benchmark assessment, leaving them time to do more valuable things than creating assessments for comparability,” said Michele DeAndrea, Principal at Kyffin Elementary School.

“Delivering a range of assessment tools that provide educators with accurate data to accelerate and improve student learning is a fundamental part of what we do,” said Matt Chapman, President and CEO of NWEA. “We are excited to collaborate with Jeffco and MasteryConnect to better serve the needs of students and empower teachers to be excellent through the use of high-quality assessments and data.”

In combination with resources furnished by NWEA, MasteryConnect will provide Jeffco with important curriculum and assessment information tools, such as the Mastery Tracker, which allows teachers to assess student learning in relation to core standards and efficiently report mastery status to parents and administrators.

“We are proud to partner with NWEA and Jeffco,” said Cory Reid, CEO of MasteryConnect. “Our joint efforts will aid teachers in the district in understanding the learning needs of their students and more effectively deliver tailored instruction that responds to those needs to improve learning.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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