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Test Items that Yield Rich Data: Part 3 of 3

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

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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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Test Items that Yield Rich Data: Part 1 of 3

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

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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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What We Test Matters

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

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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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Introducing eMPower Assessments

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

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We’re celebrating the launch of eMPower Assessments, a new college and career readiness assessment solution for grades 3–8 that debuts today, nationwide. It’s the district interim and formative classroom components that complement the statewide summative solution already available and in use. We’re excited to offer this solution for many reasons, but most importantly because it ties so closely to our mission to improve student learning.

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Less intrusive testing, more meaningful results.

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

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Limitations of “Off-the-Shelf” District Assessments

Smarter tests. Less testing time. Quality data. Important needs that we frequently hear about when it comes to K–12 assessment. All assessment companies want to bring you products that meet these needs while delivering accurate results. No one wants to set students up for failure or waste time; we want testing that gives districts and teachers accurate measures of learning to inform instruction.

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PARCC Scores are in. What’s next?

[fa icon="calendar'] January, 2016 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Common Core, Formative Assessment, College and Career Readiness

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Bridging the Instructional Gap

Five million students across 11 states and the District of Columbia took the PARCC® tests in 2014–2015. These assessments are intended to measure the extent to which students are meeting the expectations of new, more rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Many participating states’ districts, schools, students, and parents were disappointed by lower-than-expected results from the exams. The message to these states was clear: Schools need to address the gap between instructional strategies and the high expectations of the standards measured by the PARCC tests.

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Choosing the Right Item Bank—Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better

[fa icon="calendar'] October, 2015 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Common Core, Formative Assessment

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In today’s educational marketplace, many different formative assessment options claim to improve instruction and ensure student success. Districts and teachers have their pick of assessment items, all supposedly of high quality and standards-aligned. It can be overwhelming.

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Cultivate Interactivity in Your Classroom With the Formative Assessment Feedback Loop

[fa icon="calendar'] September, 2015 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Common Core, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment

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Experts agree that formative assessment practices significantly improve student learning and help close the achievement gap. We want to support your efforts to take action with data and help your building leaders, teachers, and ultimately students get the most out of formative assessment.

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