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    DesCartes
    A Continuum Of Learning


    Welcome -
    We are pleased to introduce DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning. DesCartes is a
    classroom resource that teachers can use to translate NWEA test scores into specific learning objectives targeted to individual student needs. When used in combination with other NWEA resources, such as assessment scores, reports, and training, educators can use DesCartes to:

    • Organize resources, programs, and staff to meet the needs of individual students.
    • Define flexible grouping for instruction based on students’ performance in specific goal areas.
    • Identify the skills and concepts that provide the most appropriate academic challenge.
    • Guide selection of materials that are appropriately challenging to ensure sustained academic growth for all students.
    • Engage students in setting their academic goals and tracking their progress.
    • Monitor academic growth in relationship to content standards.
    • Adopt a common framework to facilitate goal setting, collaboration, and further inquiry.
    • Share academic needs with parents.

    Content Overview -

    DesCartes is divided into the following sections:

    • An overall Table of Contents—includes the DesCartes license agreement.*
    • Essentials—provides an overview of how to use DesCartes in the classroom and elsewhere, along with other important background material.
    • Reading—contains the reading continuum.
    • Language Usage—contains the language usage continuum.
    • Mathematics (lower grades)—contains the mathematics continuum for lower grades.
    • Mathematics (upper grades)—contains the mathematics continuum for upper grades.
    • Science, Concepts and Processes—contains the science concepts and processes continuum.
    • Science, General Science—contains the general science continuum.
    • Appendix A—provides a list of vocabulary by RIT range.
    • Appendix B—provides list of signs and symbols by RIT range.
    • Appendix C— describes some of the underlying concepts that impact.
    DesCartes Table of Contents

    Section 1 - Essentials

    Section 2 - Reading

    Section 3 - Language Usage

    Section 4 - Mathematics 2-5

    Section 5 - Mathematics 6+

    Section 6 - General Science

    Section 7 - Concepts and Processes

    Appendix A contains NWEA’s assessment vocabulary for reading, language usage,

    mathematics, science concepts and processes, and general science. Within each subject area of DesCartes, vocabulary is included in the first RIT Score Range in which they apply by your goal areas. The RIT Score Range here indicates when the corresponding group of words may need to be introduced into the curriculum for this subject area based on all NWEA data.


    Appendix B
    contains NWEA’s assessment signs and symbols for the subjects of language usage, mathematics, science concepts and processes, and general science. Within each subject area of DesCartes, signs and symbols are included in the first RIT Score Range in which they apply by your goal areas. The RIT Score Range here indicates when the corresponding group of signs and symbols may need to be introduced into the curriculum for this subject area based on all NWEA data.

    Appendix C - Research Concepts