At New Meridian, we envision a world of curious and engaged thinkers who are ready to solve the problems of tomorrow. We’re a nonprofit committed to advancing equity by developing assessments that focus on the skills that matter: critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. We believe each and every student should have access to learning opportunities that focus on these skills, and we believe high-quality assessments help ensure that happens.

New Meridian wants to talk to Montana educators, parents and students

New Meridian is partnering with the Montana Office of Public Instruction to design the next generation of state assessments—and we need your input.

The New Meridian Instructionally Aligned Testlet System is pioneering a new approach that connects assessment with teaching and learning by administering testlets – short mini-tests – throughout the year, aligned to local curriculum, student readiness, and state standards. The result is a “classroom up” approach that gives teachers real-time feedback to customize instruction for each student while providing schools, districts and state leaders with actionable summative data to inform critical decisions.

We need your input to make this effort successful. As an educator, parent or student, you can be at the forefront of this transformational work by elevating important voices in your community.

Elevate Your Voice

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of assessment in partnership with your state to create a more equitable system that can advance learning for all students.

Here is how you can participate:

  • Sign Up. Click the link below and fill out the questionnaire. 
  • Complete the Interview. Selected participants will engage in a 45-minute virtual interview with a New Meridian team member. Interviews will take place from May to July of 2022 and will be conducted via Zoom. Your feedback will be used to influence the initial design of the assessments and to modify them as the system is created.
  • Receive Compensation. All participants will be compensated for their time with their choice of either a $100 Amazon or Visa gift card. 

Who Can Participate

  • Educators. Current or former math or English language arts teachers with experience in grades 3-8 or high school will be selected.

  • Parents. Parents who have students currently in grades 3-8 or high school will be selected.

  • Students. Students currently in grades 3-8 or high school will be selected. Ideally, parents and students will interview together.

New Meridian is especially interested in participation by Native American educators, parents and students, but all members of the education community in Montana are invited to apply.

If you are interested, please click the link below and fill out the questionnaire. Share your voice to shape the future of assessment in your state!