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Third-Party Assessments for Analyzing Student Achievement with eSpark

Assessment data has the power to expose curricular gaps, identify new instructional strategies, and transform education.

eSpark partners with districts that use data from nationally-normed third-party assessments including NWEA MAP, STAR, and i-Ready to differentiate instruction and monitor student achievement.


The Northwest Evaluation Association, or NWEA, is an educational non-profit that provides assessment and research products to schools. eSpark partners with many districts who utilize NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, assessment. MAP is a computer-based, adaptive, interim assessment that is nationally-normed.

The MAP assessment is eSpark’s most recommended assessment for measuring growth on the Common Core State Standards. This decision is driven by NWEA’s very strong research base. MAP uses a RIT Scale, a measure of a student’s instructional level, to allow districts to compare their students against similar students across the country. This provides valid statistical measures for student growth. This granular data allows eSpark to pinpoint student needs and truly differentiate instruction with the most personalized learning pathways on the iPad. eSpark has a high level of confidence in the quality of the MAP assessment for both math and reading.

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TPARCC, the Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers, requires a speaking and listening assessment and two summative assessments that measure a full range of standards to determine college and career readiness. In these fixed-delivery assessments, students are tested in reading comprehension and asked to write equations, graph functions, draw lines of symmetry, and create bar graphs.

At the start of the school year, districts that use PARCC have the option of taking a diagnostic assessment that provides teachers and parents with timely information about each student’s knowledge and skills. The results of these formative tests can inform differentiated learning with eSpark and PD sessions. Schools using PARCC have the option of taking a mid year assessment as a means of monitoring student growth.

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iReady Diagnostic

iReady Diagnostic is an online, K-12 assessment for reading and mathematics. This assessment is adaptive, providing relevant questions to students based on their previous answers.

The iReady Diagnostic reliably pinpoints areas of student need across key domains in reading and math. The detailed results from this assessment allows districts to easily identify the unique learning needs of each student and use eSpark to target these skills.

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Renaissance Learning STAR

Renaissance Learning offers a suite of STAR assessments that are Common Core-aligned and computer adaptive. Some school districts choose to implement STAR 360, a comprehensive assessment that includes STAR Reading, STAR Math, and STAR Early Literacy.

STAR assessments identify academic domains in which students would benefit from targeted instruction and practice. eSpark is able to use this data to set personalized learning plans in both math and reading.

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Let's Go Learn

Let’s Go Learn offers adaptive, online assessments designed to help educators differentiate instruction. The Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment (DORA) Series provides individualized data across eight reading measures, and the Adaptive, Diagnostic Assessment of Mathematics (ADAM) Series is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in math.

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