11 ways to be a remote testing superhero this fall

Educators, assemble! (At a safe distance, that is.) Every year, teachers become superheroes for their kids: solving problems, providing role models, and helping break down barriers. This fall, we’re once again calling upon you to come to students’ aid. Learning losses have added up for some kids, and there are painful realities to face whether you are teaching in school, virtually, or a combination of both.

We know you will be there for your students, and we have confidence you will overcome these challenges. We’ve also got your back if you run into trouble. We’ve successfully completed over 400,000 testing events this past spring, so you can trust us to guide you as you evaluate your students’ growth and needs. Here’s your action plan.

1. Find the perfect headquarters for your superhero team

When the call for help goes out, you need resources at your fingertips. Our Remote Testing Support page on the NWEA Community contains a clear guide to everything you will need to administer MAP® Growth™ and MAP® Reading Fluency™ this fall. Start by sharing this page with anyone who will be working on your team.

2. Make your mission clear

Everyone needs to know the reason behind remote testing. Let teachers, parents, and students know who will be taking a test and why, and make sure they know how the data will be used this school year.  Teachers can use our Family Toolkit to give all stakeholders a clear picture of how and why MAP Growth works—especially when those parents are helping set up the device used for the assessment.

3. Go in with a plan

When working remotely, knowing roles and responsibilities is even more important so any questions or problems can be resolved quickly. Our Remote Test Planning for Leaders document helps you define those essential roles for your team and make sure they have the training resources they need.

4. Be ready anytime

With a superhero teacher’s busy schedule, testing time will be here before you know it. The Pre-Test Proctor Checklist keeps teachers and proctors on the same page and prepared to support students before and during the test.

5. Answer distress calls

“Hello, Ms. Mayor? Yes, I can be there to teach that kitten geometry!” Part of remote testing is keeping in touch with everyone involved. This infographic explains how communication during testing works. It’s important to make it clear how students and parents can communicate with their teachers and support teams, including by phone, text, microphone, or direct message.

6. Help everyone in your community
Language should not be a barrier to helping those in need. Many of our remote testing resources are available in Spanish. For MAP Growth, start with this overview. Or click through our Remote Testing Support page to see clear indications of Spanish-language materials; just look for the “en español” links.

7. Stay one step ahead of any villainy

What’s different? What’s the same? Questions and uncertainty are the biggest supervillains anyone faces when setting up a new assessment environment. Not a single one of those questions will go unanswered if you have our MAP Growth remote testing FAQ, which offers 21 pages of answers to fend off any mischievous monsters of doubt that might try to disrupt your test.

8. Get your gadgets ready

Any good superhero has accessories for swinging from buildings, cruising through space, or traveling through time. In our case, we want to make sure your kids’ devices are ready for our high-tech tests. Direct them to this MAP Growth device readiness guide to ensure their computer or tablet is good to go.

9. Call in the experts

Our on-demand webinar Remote testing: Guidance for this fall gives you the opportunity to hear our specialists answer questions from real educators about administering NWEA assessments remotely. You can also watch a MAP Growth remote testing demo video created by our team.

10. Develop new superpowers

Our professional learning team is ready for the fall and is offering a new virtual course, “Remote test planning for leaders.” Contact your account manager to learn more. The team will be releasing videos throughout the fall on a variety of subjects related to remote learning. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any.

11. Don’t forget your readers

We have the resources you need to set up a remote testing plan for your readers, too. MAP Reading Fluency will help you understand where they are in developing their skills—and how to set them up for success.

Reach out

Have questions? We’re here for you. Contact us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram) or via our Partner Support page. Stay safe and stay super!

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