The Prime Issue 10

Research confirms that an inquiry-based approach that expects students to delve deeply into an area of study and make connections among ideas and areas of knowledge within and across disciplines strengthens understanding, retention and the transfer of knowledge.

‘What is Tested is What Gets Taught’

Recent disappointing results on NAEP and PISA have prompted many policy makers and pundits to question the billions of dollars invested in large-scale, standards-based reform initiatives.

Assessment is Vital to DoDEA’s Mission

There are plenty of U.S. school systems that are larger than Department of Defense Education Activity.But none can say they operate across 10 different time zones, with schools in 11 foreign countries, seven states and two U.S. territories.

Statewide Assessments Don’t Just Help Students

Each fall, as we approach the end of the season for statewide score reporting, I find it helpful to reflect on trends in how students performed across the country and lessons learned from another year of testing.

Item Spotlight: An In-Depth Look at a Literary Analysis Task

Several times a year, The Prime gives readers an in-depth look at the thought process that goes into the production of New Meridian test questions and Literary Analysis Tasks. The goal is to better understand how test items align with academic standards to produce high-quality assessments.

The Prime Issue 9

The importance of high-quality classroom tasks was highlighted in a recent study published by TNTP, The Opportunity Myth. Researchers observed and analyzed nearly 1,000 lessons over two years and found the majority of classroom assignments are not aligned to grade-level expectations.