Leisa Morton-Standish, PhD
Director of Elementary Education
Dr. Leisa Morton-Standish is the Director of Elementary Education at the North American Division.
She has taught in small rural schools as well as in large urban schools. She has taught on the east and west coasts of the U.S, both in and out of the Adventist education system, and overseas. She has also spent a considerable part of her career teaching at universities, including the University of Maryland, Washington Adventist University and Macquarie University.
Leisa holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education from California State University and a Diploma in Education from Avondale College.
Leisa is committed to Christ and the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her first love is the classroom where she can share her passion for learning and her love for Jesus.
his Summer the NAD Testing Committee recommended the adoption of a new purposeful, ongoing assessment. The NAD Education Advisory voted to adopt MAP Growth as the recommended assessment tool for NAD Schools. Teachers and Administrators will have ongoing training beginning this Fall 2020.
What is MAP Growth?
Each student has their own talents, challenges, and ways of learning. Measuring student growth is valuable because it gives teachers information that helps them support learning for every student. MAP Growth is an online assessment for Grades 3-12 in the subject areas of Science, Math, Reading and language usage that is available in both English and Spanish. There is also a K-2 MAP Growth option.
How Does it Work?
The Online Tools
How does MAP Growth measure what students know and what they’re ready to learn?
1. The test will be based on NAD standards.
NAD Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do. The NAD curriculum is based on these standards. MAP assessments are particularly useful in standards-based education, as they measure students’ academic growth in gaining the knowledge described in the NAD standards, as well as the level of understanding the student has achieved.
2. The test will use a scale with equal intervals over time.
MAP Growth will allow teachers to assess “has each student in my class grown, and how much?” MAP Growth has a built-in scale that uses the same equal intervals for every grade, from pre-kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade. By measuring students’ performance multiple times teachers can assess their student’s growth between measurements and details about that growth—is the student growing more slowly now than they were last year? Is she growing faster? About the same? This detail tells you important information about a student’s learning progression and lets you know if you need to intervene.
3. The test will measure a student’s performance correctly.
Equity in the classroom demands an assessment that accurately measures the growth of every student. MAP Growth will do more than measure whether third graders have mastered third-grade skills. It will also highlight the students who are still struggling with second-or even first-grade skills. In addition, it will provide useful information about the same third graders who are working at a fifth-grade level. It provides immediate information to teachers so they can: understand what students know and need to be taught next, if they’ve missed out on a key concept, or if they’ve met their goals and are ready for more complex challenges.
LouAnn Howard, Education Director (Mid-America Union Conference) and co-chair of the 2019 Summer Testing Committee states, “The committee is excited about the new assessment focus on ongoing, purposeful assessment that provides the teacher with information when making instructional decisions.”
The article draws directly from content provided on www.NWEA.org
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