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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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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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How 2 Schools Improved Their Assessments and Increased Student Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] May, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment, Performance Levels, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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As Measured Progress representatives talk with district and school leaders across the country, a few common themes emerge: Time and resources are limited; educators are looking for high-rigor common assessments that align to their standards; and using and interpreting data to inform instruction remains a challenge.

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New Partnership with SchoolCity Expands Access to Formative Assessment Resources

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment

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A new partnership announced with SchoolCity® expands the range of resources available to schools throughout the US. Now districts that deliver assessments through SchoolCity can use formative assessment items and pre-built quizzes from the Measured Progress Formative Content Bank and STEM Gauge® in the SchoolCity SUITE platform.

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Using Year-End Funds Wisely

[fa icon="calendar'] April, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Formative Assessment

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 It’s budget season. And invariably, education leaders around the country sit in countless meetings to determine yearly budgets and ensure wise use of resources. The same thing took place last year, too, with every expense carefully planned—from bus maintenance to computers to cafeteria trays. But spring has arrived, and you may find yourself with a good problem—money left in this year’s budget, despite the careful planning. Measured Progress has some good news that can help you make excellent use of those funds.

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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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5 Things to Think About When You Build Your Assessments

[fa icon="calendar'] February, 2018 / by Press Room posted in Classroom Assessment, Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, Interim Assessments, Connecting Teaching and Learning

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Delivering high-quality assessments that provide evidence of student understanding can be a challenge, especially when time and resources are stretched thin. Accurate and relevant assessments that help inform future instruction require a rigorous development process with several levels of review, but often district staff members simply don’t have that time and expertise. So, can you ensure quality assessments—even if they’re created quickly, with limited resources?

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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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