When Minnetonka student achievement is compared to the national norm, Minnetonka students were on average two grade levels ahead in math and three grade levels ahead in reading.
NWEA assessments are unique
Students take the tests on a computer. The questions automatically adjust to the child's appropriate level of learning, based on the child's responses. In essence, each test is customized to the student to pinpoint each student’s appropriate instructional level. Students who have traditionally found standardized assessments to be too challenging, and therefore frustrating, find a better balance of comfortable and challenging questions. Students who have traditionally breezed through standardized assessments find more challenging questions. With this testing system, high ability students find there is no longer an artificial ceiling in testing their academic achievement.
This technology allows a student’s academic growth to be measured more precisely and more efficiently. The assessments are shorter than traditional standardized assessments and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s academic ability and growth. Each child spends a total of about three hours in the computer lab completing these assessments during the three week window.
Following the assessments, parents receive a report showing their child’s baseline score for this fall. On subsequent tests (each spring and fall), parents will also see a growth score to help monitor whether each child is achieving a year’s growth in a year’s time. Each report also provides a scale of scores in relation to grade level norms and a Lexile score.
- The Lexile score provides a reading level range.
- Parents can visit www.Lexile.com, enter the Lexile range, and receive a list of books, by genre and age, that fall within the child's appropriate reading level. Note for strong readers: Not all content published at your child's reading level is appropriate for the child's maturity level.
- Books on the low end of the Lexile range are ideal for independent reading and will build reading fluency and speed.
- Books on the higher end of the Lexile range might be read and discussed with parents, teacher or peers to stretch a students reading skills--especially in the areas of vocabulary and comprehension.
The efficiency of the new testing system will also provide more immediate results for educators. Teachers and principals receive the test results within days of testing, as opposed to months following state assessments.
We are truly excited to begin a new era in assessment that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement.