WINDHAM, Conn., March 4, 2014 – The results of the latest round of NWEA assessments show notable improvements across all Windham Public Schools. Currently, grades 3-10 administer three cycles of NWEA assessments per year; fall, winter and spring. These tests assess students’ abilities in math, reading and language usage by measuring academic growth from one season to the next.
The results of Windham Public Schools’ winter NWEA assessments show growth in nearly all grade levels, across all subjects. Notably, the most recent results revealed that out of 24 administered tests across the district, 19 showed that students are on track for at least 1-year’s academic growth as measured by NWEA national norms. Out of those 19 tests, 8 showed more than the expected growth. For example, nationally, the expected growth in average math scores for grade 3 is approximately 11 points per year. Windham’s third graders have grown on average 9.1 points between fall and winter putting them on track to exceed the 11-point norm.
While many groups are on pace to show more than one year’s worth of growth during one academic year, there remains much work to do. Many of Windham’s students are behind grade level. However, growth patterns like the ones seen so far this year indicate that the district is making headway in addressing these needs.
“We remain committed to continued academic growth for all students,” Superintendent Ana V. Ortiz said. “Making use of NWEA data will help our system to drive student growth and ensure every student is on a path to graduate college and career ready. We will use this test data to identify strengths and weaknesses among students and provide targeted support and interventions accordingly.”
To learn more about NWEA visit www.nwea.org.