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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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New Standards Require New Assessments

[fa icon="calendar'] December, 2017 / by Press Room posted in Accountability, Interim Assessments, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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With a focus on college and career readiness (CCR), many states have implemented new standards for instruction and annual accountability assessments. Districts now must reconsider their assessments to make sure their beginning-of-year, mid-year, or end-of-year measures are consistent with the state’s expectations of higher-order critical thinking skills.

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Gauging the Transition to the NGSS in California: Reflections from CSTA 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] December, 2017 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, NGSS, Accountability, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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We recently attended the 2017 California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conference in Sacramento. Conversations with teachers underscored the continuing need for classroom and district science resources to support the transition to NGSS*.

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What We Test Matters

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2017 / by Press Room posted in Common Core, Assessment Literacy, Accountability, College and Career Readiness

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We recently posted a piece on our Opinions page that outlines the current expectations of statewide tests, and presents a solution that includes teacher-administered measures without adding additional testing time or burden on teachers. We provide a brief summary below. Read the full article. 

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Celebrating our Collaboration with Oklahoma

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2017 / by Press Room posted in NGSS, Accountability, College and Career Readiness

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New Contract Award Continues Longstanding Commitment to Oklahoma Students

We’re excited to announce that the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) h a s awarded Measured Progress a new contract for its Oklahoma School Testing Program. The new contract provides yearly online assessments based on Oklahoma Academic Standards for grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and mathematics, and for science in grades 5 and 8. 
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How Does School Choice Affect Assessment Initiatives?

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2017 / by Dr. Stuart Kahl posted in Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability

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The harsh reality is that behind the school choice movement is some people’s belief that public schools just aren’t doing a good job of educating children. This belief is bolstered by U.S. students’ disappointing performance on international tests and data showing that an increasing number of entering college freshmen need remedial course work. Despite alternative explanations of this evidence, the negative views of our public schools feed a more general movement toward privatization by the powers that be.

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Data-Driven Decisions: A Guide for Matching Assessment to Purpose

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2017 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Accountability, Interim Assessments, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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“Why do assessment?” That’s the question we ask ourselves regularly, on behalf of our customers and clients. It helps us stay true to our mission—to improve teaching and learning—and to make sure we’re delivering valuable solutions to the students, teachers, and administrators who assess students every day.

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