Measured Progress is really excited about our new partnership with Activate Learning, the publisher of IQWST (Investigating & Questioning our World through Science & Technology). Activate Learning is one of the leading middle school science curricula providers in the US. Their inquiry-based approach engages students in doing science. The partnership was announced on March 31, 2016 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Nashville. Since then, we’ve been working side-by-side on a correlation document to show how our two products, IQWST and STEM Gauge®, come together in the classroom to provide a complete solution for full NGSS* alignment.
Research spanning the last three decades has repeatedly shown that the nature of high stakes accountability testing impacts instruction. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, we learned that efficient (predominantly selected-response) external tests served as models for local testing and led to a narrowing of curriculum and instruction—an emphasis on a few school subjects and on low-level knowledge and skills. The authentic assessment era of the ’90s taught us a lot about the dos and don’ts of the less efficient performance assessments. Unfortunately, that era was short-lived as efficiency again became a priority because of the volume of testing and reporting requirements associated with NCLB. Many states significantly reduced or dropped their non-multiple-choice assessment components.