New York State NWEA MAP Growth Measures and SLOs

Background

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) assessments have been approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for use in a Growth Model and in Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) under Education Law §3012-D.

For both the Growth Model and SLO options, NWEA is partnering with Education Analytics (EA) to calculate results for teachers who teach grades K-10 in mathematics, reading, and language usage. Results will also be calculated at the grade level and school level. Districts who participate and provide all the necessary data will be provided with both Growth Model and Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).

Since 2012, EA’s methodologies have been developed collaboratively with New York districts. Annual participant conferences give transparent reviews of the methodology and explain how results are translated to the 0-20 APPR scale.

2016-17 Informational Webinar

On Monday, June 12th and Tuesday, June 13th, we held recorded informational webinars discussing some of this year’s changes as well as the process for receiving growth results. If you have additional questions not answered by the video below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

2016-17 Preliminary Results Webinar

On Monday, July 31st, we held a recorded preliminary results webinar reviewing the timeline of events including the preliminary results "embargo period", deadlines for district change requests, key elements to review (including diagnostic files and verification of teacher coverage), and final results distribution. If you have additional questions not answered by the video below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


2016-17 School Year Timeline

May 2017

Sign up electronically and sign data sharing agreement as well as release MAP results to EA*

June 12, 2017

Attend overview webinar for overview of data collection process & how EA computes the 0-20 APPR scale for your results (Optional)

June 19 - July 7, 2017

Upload/Transfer SIRS data*

July 7, 2017

Upload completed Expected Teachers Template (Recommended)

July 31, 2017

Attend webinar on how to review/interpret preliminary results (Optional)

July 31 – August 11, 2017

Embargo period for preliminary results review and information/feedback to EA

August 18, 2017

Download Final Results*

August 2017

Determine whether to use Growth Model or SLO for APPR and submit to the state (Optional)

* Must complete these to receive full results

Download the 2016-17 School Year Timeline here

Growth Model

The growth model adjusts for the specific context of your teachers' students, including prior MAP score, English Language Learner Status, Special Education Status, Free/Reduced Price Lunch Status, and other student characteristics. This is commonly referred to as a value-added model.


For more information, see Growth Model

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

The SLO approach compares the Fall-to-Spring growth of your teachers' students to NWEA's growth norms. The approach includes an adjustment for the standard error of growth to ensure students will only fail to meet their growth goal if their growth is statistically different from the growth norm. The result is a percentage of students whose growth meets or exceeds the growth norms translated to a 0-20 scale compatible with 3012-D's requirements.


For more information, see SLO

Growth Model vs. SLO

The table below outlines the differences between the metrics. For more information about these differences, see the 2016-17 Informational Webinar video at the bottom of the webpage.



Results for APPR or for Informational Purposes

Results from the Growth Model and SLOs are translated to a 0-20 scale compatible with 3012-D's requirements. These results are hosted on a secure portal for districts to download and use either for APPR or for informational purposes.



Results are provided at the following levels:

(SLO and growth model)

  • Teacher-level results**
    • All subjects combined
    • Subject specific (Mathematics, Reading, or Language Usage)
    • Reading and Language Usage combined
    • Mathematics and Reading combined
    • Mathematics and Language Usage Combined
  • Grade-level results
    • All subjects combined
    • Subject specific (Mathematics, Reading, or Language Usage)
    • Reading and Language Usage combined
    • Mathematics and Reading combined
    • Mathematics and Language Usage Combined
  • School-level results
    • All subjects combined
    • Subject specific (Mathematics, Reading, or Language Usage)
    • Reading and Language Usage combined
    • Mathematics and Reading combined
    • Mathematics and Language Usage Combined

(SLO only)

  • Student-level results
    • Subject specific (Mathematics, Reading, or Language Usage)
  • Course-level results **
    • All subjects combined
    • Subject specific (Mathematics, Reading, or Language Usage)
    • Reading and Language Usage combined
    • Mathematics and Reading combined
    • Mathematics and Language Usage Combined

** Teachers who teach students in grades K-10 in mathematics, reading, or language usage per SIRS state course codes

Data Sources

EA will be collecting student demographic, course, and student-teacher linkage data from Student Information Repository System (SIRS) data files collected by EA from participating districts, RICs/BOCES (Regional Information Centers/Boards of Cooperative Educational Services), or NYSED (New York State Department of Education).

EA will combine these data files with NWEA testing data transferred from NWEA to EA (with district permission).


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