McGraw-Hill and NWEA have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on how best to make assessment data actionable by integrating it with core and intervention curriculum to deliver research-based solutions. Through the partnership, both companies will research ways in which their current solutions work together and explore new opportunities to support teachers with data-informed instruction.
“Making connections between curriculum and assessment is a critical part of the impactful work of great educators,” said Chris Minnich, CEO of NWEA. “We’re excited to provide those resources that make these connections easier empowering teachers to do more, and we’re starting with early reading.”
McGraw-Hill will now be the exclusive reseller of the MAP® Reading Fluency™ assessment, NWEA’s pre-K-3 universal screening and progress monitoring assessment of early reading that identifies at-risk students, supports instructional planning, and monitors the progress of students with reading difficulties. This group-administered, automatically-scored assessment of oral reading fluency, comprehension, and foundational skills is powered by LanguaMetrics™ and includes EduSpeak® speech recognition software under license from SRI International®.
McGraw-Hill will offer MAP® Reading Fluency™ in conjunction with its own products, specifically SRA Reading Mastery, which is used in thousands of schools across the country and has provided reading instruction to a wide range of students, including significantly at-risk populations, for over 35 years. SRA Reading Mastery is appropriate for use as a supplemental intervention program or a comprehensive core reading program.
The combination of the MAP® Reading Fluency™ assessment with the SRA Reading Mastery curriculum allows schools to assess and provide appropriate and effective instruction. “Both NWEA and McGraw-Hill understand the vital importance of ensuring that students develop early literacy skills, and the opportunity that early literacy education presents in helping close achievement gaps in the future,” said Heath Morrison, president of McGraw-Hill’s School Group. “We both understand that a strong foundation in reading is the basis for all learning, and that third-grade reading proficiency is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Focusing on foundations in reading allows us to have the greatest impact on student outcomes, which makes the combination of SRA Reading Mastery and MAP® Reading Fluency™ an exciting first step.”