Northwest Evaluation Association, a nonprofit provider of research-based assessment and analytical tools, and CompassLearning, a provider of online, standards-based instructional resources, have announced an alliance designed to align student assessment results and instructional content. Together, the organizations offer assessment, curriculum, data management systems, and related products in the education arena.
As a first step, the organizations have created a link between CompassLearning Odyssey online instructional activities and assessment data from NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). As a result of the alliance, once educators receive a student's MAP data, that student will automatically receive an individualized online learning path through CompassLearning Odyssey.
For example, teachers can use NWEA's assessment data to identify where a student is proficient along a continuum of learning, and provide that student with the appropriate curriculum learning path in CompassLearning Odyssey. Teachers will be able to address the instructional needs of all children no matter whether their proficiency is well above, below, or at grade level, according to the announcement.
The partnering effort includes several phases to be implemented into 2006. The initial phase, now under way, correlates CompassLearning's instructional content to NWEA's MAP assessment, and to NWEA's DesCartes, a classroom resource that aligns NWEA test scores with specific learning objectives and skills. Additional phases will enhance the correlation between NWEA's MAP and CompassLearning Odyssey curriculum.
Source: CompassLearning, http://www.compasslearning.com; Northwest Evaluation Association, http://www.nwea.org