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New Standards Require New Assessments

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

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

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

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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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3 Reasons to Care about Test Security for District and School Assessments

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

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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.

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Collaborative Partnership Improves Student Learning for Boston Public Schools

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

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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.  

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A Closer Look at Balanced Assessment Systems: Benchmark Tests

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

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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.

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A Conversation about Standard Setting: An Introduction to Item-Descriptor (ID) Matching Methodology

[fa icon="calendar'] August, 2017 / by Press Room posted in Assessment Literacy, Interim Assessments, Performance Levels

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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.

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A Closer Look at Balanced Assessment Systems: Formative Assessment

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

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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.

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eMPower Assessments Reports add Lexile and Quantile Levels

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

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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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