In an educational system that requires ongoing student assessments, teachers and administrators are often overwhelmed by the amount of data they must work with. As a teacher, how do I adjust my instruction to meet each student’s individual needs? How will I know what kind of progress they’re making? As a school administrator, how can I ensure that the students are progressing toward key milestones required by ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), and the state?
This is where the integration of NWEA MAP GrowthTM assessment data into Odysseyware® to create individualized learning paths (ILPs) helps!
Odysseyware ILPs Deliver Results
As educators, you want to know that you are meeting the needs of all students and that they are learning. How do you support and improve student achievement?
Jeremy Simington, Principal at Graettinger-Terril Middle/High School in Iowa, can answer this question. NWEA Map Growth data within Odysseyware provides students an individualized learning experience that enables teachers and districts to close achievement gaps and accelerate learning. Odysseyware use can also result in student growth. Principal Simington explains:
“Integrating Odysseyware with NWEA MAP Growth assessment data enabled us to show growth and meet ESSA requirements. In our high school, MAP scores for all students who were enrolled in our Odysseyware math course, saw two grade level gains on average in one year! It was phenomenal.”
Odysseyware ILPs created using NWEA Map Growth data support schools in meeting ESSA school accountability indicators including student growth and achievement, English language proficiency and academic progress and equity.
So, what are the 5 ways that Odysseyware supports student achievement using NWEA Map Growth data?
- Support Student Achievement with Odysseyware ILPs
While in Odysseyware, teachers can view student performance based on RIT scores relative to grade-level norms for each NWEA goal. First, schools import student NWEA MAP Growth assessment results directly into Odysseyware. Next, you view NWEA MAP Growth data through a color-coded report in Odysseyware for easy interpretation and tracking and for your school or district to identify the best instructional strategies. Then, teachers can easily assign an auto-generated learning path with “one click” based on the student’s RIT score for each NWEA instructional goal selected. Odysseyware K-12 content aligns to the topic/skill areas on state-specific Math, Reading, and Language Usage view NWEA MAP Growth tests.
Under ESSA, educators must focus on growth for all students. As Principal Farrah Griffith, at White County Middle School in Tennessee discovered, Odysseyware Individualized Learning Paths support both remediation and enrichment:
“Teachers use Odysseyware for personalized lessons, for whole group, small group, and centers. We use it for Tier 1 accelerate and remediate.”
- Customize ILPs to Support Student Achievement
In Odysseyware, teachers can customize each student’s individualized learning path based on NWEA MAP assessment performance, student’s strengths and challenges, and teacher experience and insights. To customize the ILP, teachers target specific instructional goals, topics, and lessons to meet student needs and align with semester/term objectives and time constraints.
With a variety of embedded instructional strategies and supports, Odysseyware Individualized Learning Paths give educators the ability to meet students where they are academically. By adjusting weights and thresholds to align to specific remediation or acceleration needs, including IEPs, teachers can help students achieve their goals.
The ease in which teachers can interpret student needs with Odysseyware and deliver customized instruction, is invaluable. According to Marc Benedict, a Master Teacher at Graettinger-Terril CSD Middle/High School in Iowa,
“Based on a student’s NWEA RIT score, Odysseyware generates an individualized learning path; so, if a student needs to go back and work on lower grade skills, they can do that. It would be extremely difficult for a teacher to create a custom course for individual students. Odysseyware does this for us and it is easily managed by the teacher.”
- Facilitate Progress Monitoring to Support Student Achievement
As educators, you spend each day talking with your students, asking questions, listening to their responses, observing their work, and giving feedback. At the end of more than seven hours of interactions with 30 students, you have made countless mental and written notes. But then what? Progress monitoring helps teachers use student performance data to continually evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching, make more informed instructional decisions, and track student growth.
Odysseyware stores and displays all your uploaded NWEA MAP Growth test results across multiple test terms and school years. This convenient access to test data can inform ILP design as you compare student RIT scores over time in several ways:
Principal Griffith appreciates this ability to track student growth:
- to peers nationwide
- across a student’s NWEA tests throughout the year
- longitudinal data of student from year-to-year
“We’re able to monitor student progress based on MAP scores over time and then use Odysseyware to prescribe to areas of need.”
Odysseyware dashboards and reports facilitate progress monitoring for each student’s educational journey through their ILPs. This data can easily be passed along from grade to grade.
- Encourage Communication to Support Student Achievement
Odysseyware also fosters communication between teachers, students, and parents. Using the digital records generated as students work through their Odysseyware ILPs and complete additional NWEA MAP Growth tests throughout the year is a great way for teachers to extend the conversation with parents on their child’s strengths and challenges. In addition, the Odysseyware dashboards, “ask for help” options, and teacher “sticky notes” features within the ILP assignments allow for real-time assistance from teacher to student.
- Support Student Achievement with District-wide Collaboration
Using NWEA MAP Growth data in conjunction with Odysseyware, educators can identify and address areas for improvement in goal performance for classrooms, schools, or entire districts. This solution can also be used to evaluate curricula and intervention programs, as well as inform changes and improvements in instructional practice. Additionally, since Odysseyware is a single platform, schools can collaborate in their use of Odysseyware ILPs to address shared concerns. Kurt Dronebarger, Director of Schools for White County Schools in Tennessee explains the difference Odysseyware has made in his district:
“We can get together as grade levels across the district and have good conversations about data that make sense because we’re all using the same platform. Now, those numbers mean something to us.”
Odysseyware is truly an enterprise solution that supports student achievement for the entire district, grades K-12. By incorporating NWEA MAP Growth assessment data into Odysseyware, districts can use individualized learning paths to address their students’ remediation and enrichment needs.
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