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Test Items that Yield Rich Data: Part 3 of 3

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

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Getting more out of mathematics assessment

Rigorous college and career readiness (CCR) standards for English language arts and mathematics, and complex science standards (such as the Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS*), sharpen educators’ focus on what students should know and be able to do. In all these content areas, the standards outline complex expectations that call for integration of multiple dimensions.

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Mutual Admiration Society: Measured Progress and our Psychometrics Interns

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

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Annually since 2005, Measured Progress has provided summer internships for graduate students pursuing doctorates in psychometrics or related fields. This year we welcomed three outstanding students, each already immersed in research to advance the practice of psychometrics and our understanding of testing.

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Reflections on a Career in Assessment

[fa icon="calendar'] July, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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A conversation with Stuart Kahl

Dr. Stuart Kahl, Founding Principal and former CEO and President of Measured Progress, recently retired from full-time service to the organization. Below and in the accompanying video, Stuart shares thoughts from his new perspective.

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A Global Impact on Learning

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

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Measured Progress and AdvancED announce merger

We’re eager to share big news about our future: AdvancED and Measured Progress are merging! Our two mission-driven nonprofit educational organizations share a long history of commitment to improving student learning. Now we’ve come together to create an organization that retains the core strengths of each business while also forging an innovative solution to plan and track continuous school improvement efforts. See the merger announcement.

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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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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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A Closer Look at Balanced Assessment Systems: Statewide Assessment

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

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The past year saw LOTS of discussion about different types of assessment and their most suitable uses. In fact, we’ve heard from many districts that recent conversations have led to frank evaluations of what assessments they need, and in some cases, what assessments they no longer need.

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