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.
“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.
Stringent security policies have been in place over many years for statewide accountability measures and other high-stakes tests. But at Measured Progress, we’ve begun to think that best practices for test security should also apply to districtwide assessments, such as district interim assessments, benchmarks, and others.
Late in 2016, district leaders for the Boston Public Schools (BPS) identified a challenge for their system: It was difficult to assess student learning consistently and accurately for their 125 schools, because curriculum and pacing for each grade varied across schools.
Educators inherently understand the importance of a balanced assessment system—and ESSA emphasizes that need. But what does a balanced assessment system look like? As an assessment company with an active mission to improve student learning with meaningful assessment, we spend a lot of time thinking about things like this.
Dr. Steve Ferrara is a Senior Advisor for Measurement Solutions at Measured Progress. The Measured Progress Press Room team sat down with Steve to discuss the standard-setting process he led during the week of August 21, 2017, for eMPower AssessmentsTM.
It’s safe to say that educators and administrators at all levels support the idea of a balanced assessment system. But what do those words mean? What does such a system look like? We’ve given a lot of thought to this and other aspects of the future of educational assessment.
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.