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.
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.
Education experts from all over the country convened in New Hampshire in late September to discuss how states and school districts can make better use of interim assessments.
A Q&A with Tracy Gardner, Chief Assessment Officer at New Meridian.
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.
Some states are separating test design and development from test administration, scoring, and reporting. Specialization like this is a proven approach to managing complex development processes, much like the construction industry uses architects and builders.
Data informs almost everything at Little Falls Township Public Schools in New Jersey, from the electives that are offered to the extracurricular activities available after school.
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.
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.
A new report published by Bellwether Education Partners showcases “trailblazing states” that are making big, public reforms around innovation in state assessment.