Eden Prairie Schools is committed to each student to learn continuously, to eliminate achievement disparities, and to determine a process for assessing student learning. To further this commitment and to address our needs, we are moving away from the NWEA-MAP system and moving to FASTBridge Learning. FAST is an evidence-based formative (used to guide instruction) assessment system which was developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
The benefits we will see with FAST are students will spend less classroom time taking the assessments; the screening and progress monitoring will better guide individual and group instruction; and results will inform individual student goal setting and monitor achievement toward those goals.
Grades K - 5 will use FAST for both screening (all students to set a baseline) and progress monitoring (identified students for those below grade-level). In addition to FastBridge, NWEA-MAP will remain in place for 6th grade. During the 16-17 school year we will continue to analyze "best fit” for a standardized measurement to be used in grade 6 that both predicts college and career readiness and aligns to the 7-12 assessment suite. Grade 6 will use FAST for progress monitoring.
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