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Our Press Room chooses topics of interest from activities around the company, to provide a closer look at ways to improve learning and instruction, and to help demystify assessment issues.

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We ♡ Assessment

[fa icon="calendar'] June, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Performance Levels, Accountability, Interim Assessments, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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And we’re sharing our enthusiasm at NCSA 2018 in San Diego!

Many of you may be familiar with the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The major conference on K–12 educational assessment, it’s been taking place for more than 45 years. And since our company’s founding almost 35 years ago, we’ve taken an active part in the conference, as presenters and as an exhibitor and sponsor. The conference will take place in San Diego this year, from June 27 to June 29.

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Test Items that Yield Rich Data: Part 2 of 3

[fa icon="calendar'] June, 2018 / by Press Room posted in NGSS, Accountability, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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How the NGSS Transform Science Instruction and Assessment

We recently published a white paper titled “Assessing Today’s Standards: Multi-dimensional test items,” that describes our approach to the challenges and opportunities presented by new, rigorous standards in ELA, math, and science. We’ve reconsidered item development to address both the multi-dimensionality of the standards and the needs of many stakeholders and decision makers for meaningful, timely assessment information.

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How 2 Schools Improved Their Assessments and Increased Student Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] May, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, Performance Levels, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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As Measured Progress representatives talk with district and school leaders across the country, a few common themes emerge: Time and resources are limited; educators are looking for high-rigor common assessments that align to their standards; and using and interpreting data to inform instruction remains a challenge.

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Test Items that Yield Rich Data: Part 1 of 3

[fa icon="calendar'] May, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Common Core, Assessment Literacy, Interim Assessments, College and Career Readiness

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Authentic, multi-dimensional ELA assessments

Rigorous 21st-century standards for K–12 education—such as college and career readiness standards for ELA and math, and complex science standards—sharpen educators’ focus on what students should know and be able to do. While it’s not unusual for states to adopt new curriculum standards, what’s new over the past decade is the push toward integration of multiple dimensions in all these content areas.

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New Partnership with SchoolCity Expands Access to Formative Assessment Resources

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment

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A new partnership announced with SchoolCity® expands the range of resources available to schools throughout the US. Now districts that deliver assessments through SchoolCity can use formative assessment items and pre-built quizzes from the Measured Progress Formative Content Bank and STEM Gauge® in the SchoolCity SUITE platform.

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Using Year-End Funds Wisely

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment

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 It’s budget season. And invariably, education leaders around the country sit in countless meetings to determine yearly budgets and ensure wise use of resources. The same thing took place last year, too, with every expense carefully planned—from bus maintenance to computers to cafeteria trays. But spring has arrived, and you may find yourself with a good problem—money left in this year’s budget, despite the careful planning. Measured Progress has some good news that can help you make excellent use of those funds.

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3 Models That Can Work for New Statewide Assessment Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] March, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Interim Assessments, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Over the last decade, expectations of statewide tests have gotten a little out of hand. As Measured Progress founder Stuart Kahl facetiously puts it, politicians and policy makers want nothing less than “a single, summative, formative, adaptive, diagnostic, general achievement test that measures growth and yields immediate results that teachers can use right away to modify their instruction.” A single assessment of this kind surely doesn’t exist, but Dr. Kahl explores ways to approach that ambitious goal in a recent white paper, “How can state assessments better test deeper learning? Three models that can work.” Given states’ ongoing work to meet ESSA requirements and introduce innovation in their assessment systems, it’s a good time to consider new approaches. Read on for a few highlights from the paper.

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Why College and Career Readiness Measures Matter for Lower Grades

[fa icon="calendar'] March, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Interim Assessments, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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The topic of college and career readiness is broad and deep, but a generally accepted definition of being ready for college and career is that students graduate from high school prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary opportunities—whether college or the workforce—without the need for remediation. Others—such as these from Achieve, the Redefining Ready campaign, ACTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and Inflexion—include additional nuance.

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