Specialization is the Answer to Complex Assessment Systems

Last spring, New Meridian hosted a dozen chief state school officers at our annual convening on assessment literacy, which focused on assessment as a lever for equity and change. Interestingly, the topic that prompted the most interest this year was risk and how to manage the many complex components of a state testing program.

Tracy Gardner, Chief Assessment Officer at New Meridian

Dr. Tracy Gardner, who leads New Meridian’s test design and development efforts, has more than 20 years of operational experience with considerable expertise in measurement, assessment design and development, and psychometrics.

Assessment at the Instructional Core

More than 330 tasks were scored over five days by 78 teachers from five states and education systems, all of whom were gathered in Austin, Texas, to review New Meridian test content to be used in their state summative test designs.

Item Spotlight: Inside a Research Simulation Task

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

The New Jersey District That Became a Beacon

When Elizabeth Giacobbe arrived as superintendent of the Beverly City School District in 2011, it was already on New Jersey’s list of troubled districts. Today, the picture could not be more different.

Investing in Innovation: Where’s the Federal Support?

Educators and policy leaders might be forgiven for not often turning to the Federal Register for inspiration. But buried there in the ESSA regulations is a truly inspired effort to resolve one of the most vexing tensions shaping our national discussion on the role of assessment.