Important Parent Information Regarding Curriculum
We want to inform you about an important initiative that will be taking place in our K- 6th Grade classrooms in the coming weeks. This initiative is the implementation of Erin's Law.
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Ohio's State Tests

State achievement tests tell us how well our students are growing in the knowledge and skills outlined in Ohio’s Learning Standards. These tests help guide and strengthen future teaching so we can be sure that we are preparing our students for long-term success in school, college, careers and life. Test results also allow citizens to know how their local schools are performing compared to others around the state. 
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American College Test: (ACT)

The American College Test (ACT) is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admission. Ohio requires all 11th grade students to take the ACT and covers the cost. Our students take the state-funded ACT (paper-pencil version) during the month of March. This year NWLSD will be administering the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students on Tuesday, March 10th.

The ACT has historically consisted of four tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. In February 2005, an optional Writing test was added to the ACT, mirroring changes to the SAT that took place later in March of the same year.

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared to other factors of evaluation such as class rank, G.P.A., and extracurricular activities.

The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores.

The following link provides additional information about the ACT:

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)

Ohio is a member of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) consortium which developed the English language proficiency assessment based on the English Language Proficiency Standards. The test administered in Ohio is the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) and is based on the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards.The Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) replaced the Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition (OTELA).

Students enrolled in a public school who have been identified as an English language learner are required to take the OELPA.

The OELPA is interactive for students; reduces turnaround time on reporting results; improves efficiency of data collection and management; increases security of test content and student data; and reduces administrative burdens on school and district staff members.

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Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is a tool that teachers will use to get to know your child. It is not designed to rank children by ability, nor is it a tool for identifying students with disabilities or gifted students. This tool is primarily to help your teacher get to know your child in a way that does not interrupt the child’s learning.
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NWEA MAP Assessments

The NWEA assessments are: 
  • Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) – These computerized tests are adaptive and administered in the Northwest Local School District in Reading and Mathematics three times per year for students in grades 2-8. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level. 
    • NWLSD will also be administering the MAP assessment for reading to students in grades 9 and 10. Results from spring testing indicate that results from the MAP assessments were strongly correlated with performance on the English 1 and English 2 End of Course exams.
  • MAP® for Primary Grades (MPG) – These computerized tests are adaptive and administered in the Northwest Local School District in Reading and Mathematics three times per year for students in Grades Kdg - 1. These assessments provide teachers with an efficient way to assess achievement levels of early learners so they can spend more time teaching and less time administering individual diagnostic tests.These assessment also help teachers to identify the needs of all primary grades students, from struggling to advanced learners. The MPG assessments utilize engaging test items that encourage student participation for more accurate results.  

In the Northwest Local School District the MPG/MAP assessments are used to determine on-track status per Ohio guidelines in the fall for students in Grades K-3.

On-track status on the NWEA MPG/MAP assessments is defined as follows for the 2019-20 school year:

Kindergarten- 132 is On Track
1st Grade- 151 is On Track
2nd Grade- 170 is On Track
3rd Grade- 181 is On Track

An individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) will be developed collaboratively with families for students who are deemed to be "not on track".

Results from these assessments are also used for gifted identification in reading and math (K-1 MPG, 2-8 MAP). Students must obtain a score that is at the 95th percentile or higher on the MPG/MAP assessment in order to be identified as gifted.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to complete a test?
Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about 30-45 minutes to complete each MAP® test. MAP® for Primary Grades tests are typically given in two 20-30 minute segments.

When will my child be tested and how often?
All students in the Northwest Local School District in grades K-8 take the NWEA computerized assessments for Reading and Math in the fall, winter, and spring.

2019-20 NWEA MAP/MPG Assessment Windows
Fall: August 26th -September 19th
Winter: January 13th - January 31st
Spring: May 4th -May 21st
Summer: June 4th - July 5th (Grade 3 Reading Only)

Do all students in the same grade take the same test?
No. NWEA assessments are designed to target a student's academic performance in reading and mathematics. These tests are tailored to an individual's current achievement level. This gives each students a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.  

What are NWEA assessments used for?
MAP® assessments are used to measure your student's progress or growth in school. You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart. It shows how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP® assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your child’s growth in reading and mathematics skills. The scale used to measure your child’s progress is called the RIT scale (Rasch unIT). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. If is used to chart your child's academic growth from year to year. 

In the Northwest Local School District the NWEA assessments are also used as part of our processes for:

  • Gifted identification (95th National Percentile Rank)
  • Meeting Ohio's requirements for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

How do teachers use the test scores?
MAP® tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom. 

How does my child's performance compare to other students in the same grade?
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Understanding MAP Growth
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AIMSWeb Plus

The AIMSWeb Plus measures are short assessments that measure student fluency with basic skills in reading and math. In the Northwest Local School District the reading assessments are administered three times per year to all students in grades K-3. The assessments are also used to provide additional information for students who score below the 21st percentile on the MAP assessments in grades 4-5. The Northwest Local School District uses the AIMSWeb Plus measures to monitor student progress in our intervention programs at both the elementary and middle school levels.

2019-20 AIMSWeb Plus Assessment Windows 
Fall: August 26th - September 19th
Winter: January 13th - January 31st
Spring: May 4th - May 21st

Scholastic Aptitude Test: (SAT)

The SAT measures literacy, math, and writing skills that are essential for academic success in college. It is designed to assess how well the test takers analyze and solve problems—skills they learned in school that they will need in college. 

The SAT is typically taken by high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and specifically, the College Board states that use of the SAT in combination with high school grade point average (GPA) provides a better indicator of success in college than high school grades alone, as measured by college freshman GPA.

The SAT has three areas: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing and students can score from a range of 600 – 2400 on the SAT (each section is worth 200 - 800 points).

The following link provides additional information on the SAT:

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test: (PSAT)

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®.

It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The link below gives more information on the PSAT:

Contact:  Zach Phelps