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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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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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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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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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9 Steps for Writing Test Items that Make the Grade

[fa icon="calendar'] November, 2017 / by Stephen Murphy posted in Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, College and Career Readiness, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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From classroom teachers to state policy makers, many educators are focused on creating and implementing meaningful assessments. Teachers and district leaders need items that support solid formative assessment practices. They want to use the evidence gathered from these items to inform decisions about instructional strategies, student groupings, and learning targets for individual students and groups. State policy makers and psychometricians focus more on long-range plans such as those to meet ESSA requirements. Suffice it to say, assessment is on educators’ minds.

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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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eMPower Assessments Reports add Lexile and Quantile Levels

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

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Measured Progress recently announced a partnership with MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading and Quantile® Framework for Mathematics. We are really excited about being able to provide Lexile and Quantile levels on eMPower Assessments™ reports because they give students, parents, and teachers a strong sense of where students are, so they know where students can go next.

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