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Tip of the NWEA MAP Iceberg

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Anne Kasa

on 11 October 2013

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Transcript of Tip of the NWEA MAP Iceberg

Today's goal is to use information from MAP reports, DesCarte and, the Primary Grades Instructional Data statements to plan for flexible groups, and create targeted goals for our students.
Tip of the Primary NWEA MAP Iceberg
What is a RIT scale?
The RIT scale is divided into equal parts, like centimeters on a ruler.
NWEA calls these parts RITs, which is short for Rasch unIT (after the test theory's founder, Georg Rasch).
Each subject area has its own unique RIT scale.
We use the RIT scale to measure a student’s academic growth over time, like we use a ruler to measure a child's growth in height.
NWEA applied this scale to the organization of the skills and concepts described in DesCartes and the Primary Grades Instructional Data statements (PGID).
Getting Started

Where to find online training videos and helpful documents.


Explaining RIT Scores to Students
A RIT is a number between 1 and 300 that helps a teacher learn about their students' strengths and needs.
It is used to create goals and modify them as they are achieved.
In student friendly terms:
A RIT is a number that helps my teacher know how to help me grow as a learner.
RIT Score
Goal Setting
RIT Bands
Projected Growth
Logging In
DesCartes is a continuum of learning that translates student test scores into relevant learning statements.
It helps guide instruction based on MAP (grades 2-5) assessment reports.
DesCartes enhances an instructor’s ability to provide targeted instruction for individual students and/or groups of students.
Two pathways to access DesCarte and Primary Grades Instructional Data (PGID) Statements
Go to our school district's website and click the "Staff Resources" link.
Scroll down to "MAP Login:Staff" found on the lower right hand side and click the link.
Enter your user name and password.
Click on DesCarte or Primary Grades Instructional Data.
Use the hyperlinks in the interactive Class Breakdown by Goal Report.
What is Primary Grades Instructional Data (PGID)?
Translates student test scores from MAP For Primary Grades into targeted learning statements.
Very similar to DesCarte
Houses the lower RIT Band Ranges that correlate to the areas assessed with MAP
See the PRIMARY GRADES INSTRUCTIONAL DATA GUIDE for further review found on the MAP help documents.
What is DesCarte?
Sample First Grade Class Breakdown by Goal Report
RIT Ranges vs. RIT Score
A RIT Score is an overall score that represents a student's average score through all goal areas assessed in a testing session.
RIT ranges indicate the range of measurement error around a particular score, and include one standard error above and below the overall RIT score.
Scores from any test are estimates of performance. No score should ever be treated as an absolute, meaning a triangulation of data is necessary when making instructional decisions.
Any time an instructional decision is being made, the student's score range rather than a single RIT score should be used to help determine whether the student falls above or below established criteria.
Goal Setting
We can use the Student Goal Setting Worksheet to assist us in creating strong goals for our students.

Creating a Class Goal Using the Class Report
The class median RIT scores in this report can help determine areas of strength and need for the class as a whole.
The median RIT scores can be aligned with the Primary Grade Instructional Data statements to support tier 1 skill/concept and vocabulary instruction.
What is this class's strength and area of need? What could a class goal be?
Quick Overview of Our Next Steps
In this clip, a teacher will explain how he uses MAP data and reports throughout the year.
He will:
review RIT scores.
discuss how to use different reports.
show where to find the reports and help sections.


Locating MAP Class Breakdown Reports
Using the link on our staff site, log into NWEA.
Select MAP reports and choose class breakdown reports.
Follow the prompts to select the report you would like; I recommend organizing the data by goal.
This report breaks down your class in RIT bands within the goals assessed in the standards.
If you click on one of the goals you will be brought to the DesCartes statements.
The first page you will see is your class ordered by RIT, scroll down to see the DesCartes breakdown of skills by RIT bands.

Small Group Work Time
Review the sample Class Breakdown by Goal report, or your current class's report.
Select a skill/concept to target from the Literature and Informational PGID statements provided, such as text features, literary elements, or inferring.
Follow that skill/concept through the RIT Bands.
Highlight and discuss the changes you see in that skill/concept as the RIT band increases.
Use this information and the Ladder Lesson Template in your handout to create questions, lessons, or activities targeting that skill for flexible groups and/or conferences.
See the example in your handout for a sample finished product.

Any final thoughts, comments, or questions?
Please turn to the face in the back of your packet to complete a reflection before you leave.
On top of the head, write something you will think about from today.
By the eyes, write something you see more clearly after today’s work.
By the ears, write something new you heard about today.
By the mouth, write something you will share with a colleague.
On the fingers, write two new ideas you can use with your class.
Thank you for sharing your time with me.
Have a great day!

Wrapping up
Reports - What is Different?
This clip will show some of the differences and similarities in the reports we can access in the new web based system.
Setting goals with our students
helps with motivation and targeted
practice in the classroom.
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