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Who Has Time to Innovate? Part 3 of 5

[fa icon="calendar'] December, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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How do you find time to improve education and assessment?

The innovation in assessment encouraged by the ESSA passed in late 2015 sounds great, but we hear from educators that time is short at every level—from state personnel who are responsible for accountability assessments to local administrators and teachers who are responsible for most of the testing students experience. “How can we find time to create and evaluate new possibilities,” they ask, “much less devote time to trying new things in our schools?”

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Who Has Time to Innovate? Part 2 of 5

[fa icon="calendar'] November, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Innovation in education and assessment sounds good . . . but there’s never enough time.

The ESSA expanded the possibilities for assessment, and invited stakeholders to begin to create innovative assessments. However, a question we hear from state and local educators is: How can we find time to create and evaluate new possibilities, much less devote time to trying out new things in schools?

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Who Has Time to Innovate? Part 1 of 5

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Assessment Literacy, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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10 sources of concern about time . . . and recommendations to address them

There’s a lot of discussion about innovative assessment practices today, for a variety of reasons, including the flexibility offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act and general dissatisfaction with traditional tests that focus on lower level cognitive skills. States and districts are deeply engaged in finding new assessment options, with growing interest in using performance assessment to gauge students’ higher order thinking skills and create engaging assessment activities with high instructional value.

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Doing the Right Thing: Feeling Good about Working on "Next-Generation" MCAS

[fa icon="calendar'] August, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Accountability, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Supporting the Students of Massachusetts

Stating the obvious, K–12 educational assessment is a complicated business. It’s not just because education standards and federal assessment requirements change. Throw in politics, state legislation, and the extremely public debates about testing, and it’s remarkable that progress is made at all.

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Where’s Statewide Testing Going?

[fa icon="calendar'] June, 2016 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Accountability, Interim Assessments

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The past 15 years have seen a lot of changes in statewide accountability testing. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) increased federal control over state assessment programs and increased stakes associated with test results. The Obama administration’s Race to the Top program further raised the stakes by incentivizing the adoption of common college-readiness standards and assessments and the significant weighing of student test results in teacher evaluations.

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How Do You Measure What Someone Knows?

[fa icon="calendar'] May, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Assessment Literacy, Accountability

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If you work in assessment, you know that the answer to this question is far from simple. Early this month our director of Psychometrics, Dr. Jennifer Dunn, gave a talk at TEDxPiscataquaRiver in Portsmouth, NH. Titled “Using Data to Motivate Change,” Dr. Dunn described her own introduction to psychometrics, and how the challenge of measuring the intangible—what a person knows—captured her interest. Here are some of the main points of her talk.

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Online and Paper Testing: Are We Looking at the Differences Closely Enough?

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2016 / by Chad Barrett posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Interim Assessments

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Recently Parcc, Inc. reported student performance differences on the Spring 2015 PARCC® assessments based on the mode of testing: online or paper. Benjamin Herold summarized the findings in two recent Education Week articles. He reported that the pattern of lower student performance for those taking the computer-based tests was most pronounced in English Language Arts and middle- and high-school mathematics (Herold, 2016a). Parcc, Inc. has not yet released research evidence or announced a plan to conduct research that may explain the mode differences. Herold reported that Parcc, Inc. is asking participating states to examine the differences and draw conclusions appropriate for their context.

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Top 3 Lessons Learned from Leaders

[fa icon="calendar'] March, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Formative Assessment, Accountability, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Measured Progress was a sponsor of the recent Education Week event, Leaders to Learn From, where thirteen school-district leaders from around the country were recognized for their vision, hard work, and impact. These are the innovators that seek to improve the lives of their students, teachers, families, and communities. Listening to the leaders describe their work, we were inspired to hear what district administrators can accomplish—in spite of major obstacles like budget cuts, staffing shortages, and more.

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