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Compass Learning and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a nonprofit organization, have created an alliance that provides educators with assessment, curriculum, and data management solutions aligned to state and national standards. Together, they provide quality assessment solutions through a combination of formative, summative, criterion‐referenced, and norm‐referenced tests, offering comprehensive information about student performance and engaging curriculum to help students and teachers succeed. 

NWEA assessments measure the academic growth of a student or group of students over time using the RIT scale. The RIT scale refers to the Rasch unit, a measure scale developed to simplify the interpretation of test scores. The RIT scale employs equal intervals; a change of one unit indicates the same change in growth, regardless of numerical values. 

NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computerized adaptive assessment program that allows teachers to quickly place students on the appropriate learning path. Educators have accurate data that can be used to: 

  • Identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned.
  • Diagnose instructional needs.
  • Make data‐driven decisions at the classroom, school, and district levels.
  • Place students into appropriate instructional programs.
  • Monitor academic growth over time.

MAP‐normed tests automatically adjust to each student's performance level, providing precise placement of students on a continuum of skills in reading, math, and language arts, independent of grade level. 

The Compass Learning–NWEA alliance allows educators to move between NWEA's assessments and Compass Learning's curriculum, enhancing the learning experience for all students. The assessments allow teachers to help not only those children who are working within their respective grade levels, but also those whose skills are far below or above grade level. The combination of these two solutions ensures that educators have the information and resources required to make sound assessment, instruction, and curriculum decisions at the school and district levels.

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