Must Begin with Data
Start Strong Assessment helps districts address unfinished learning with beginning of the year insights to inform instruction and support students where they need it most.
“This is an extraordinary moment in history. Teachers and families are being asked to make impossible decisions, and there’s a strong need for data to guide those efforts. Our mission is to provide educators and families with the tools they need to make more informed decisions to support their students.”
Getting students back on track requires data. At New Meridian, we believe data needs to work harder to be meaningful. In other words, data must be actionable, and should be at the core of all decision making. A high-quality, standards-aligned beginning-of-the-year assessment is a critical milestone in understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on our students and educational systems. Leveraging the flexible, easy-to-use Pearson Access platform, a Fall administration of Start Strong can guide resource allocation and instructional planning as the foundation of a reliable, data-driven approach on the road to recovery.
Unlike other interim assessment solutions, New Meridian’s Start Strong assessment:
And unlike other interim providers and adaptive interim tests, we go beyond basic reporting to provide impactful, actionable insights that add value from the classroom to the District office.
Individual Student Report – for insight into the level of support a student is likely to need to individualize instruction at the student level
Item-Level Analyses Reports – for investigating student misconceptions on items, and inferences of standard-level performance to support instructional planning by addressing standards that may be challenging at the classroom level
Aggregated Reports at the class, school, district levels – for determining which groups of students are likely to need additional resources
Start Strong assessment provides reports on overall performance at the class, school, and district level enabling education leaders to identify and compare levels of support to direct resources appropriately and quickly. This helps answer questions like:
“Where are the students who need the most support?”
Start Strong reports on individual student performance so teachers can quickly differentiate and prioritize instruction, while providing a view across classes as to what standards are most challenging to direct support for key content areas in aggregate. This helps answer questions like:
“What individual support will this student need to ensure they can be learning at grade level?”
Information about student performance promotes parent engagement and more meaningful meetings with teachers. This helps answer questions like:
“How can I best extend learning supports from the classroom into the home?”
Start Strong’s design is based on the most critical content standards from the student’s previous year of learning, allowing educators to quickly identify the areas where more support is needed in the context of the grade-level standards.
The assessment is designed to be delivered in a class period. This expedites access to quality assessment information to help educators plan their lessons and units.
Start Strong’s multiple-choice and technology-enhanced assessment items are machine scorable, offering teachers, schools and districts fast feedback on where students stand in the learning process.
Start Strong offers seamless online delivery via the Pearson Access platform and it can be administered at school or at home, allowing educators to gather assessment data regardless of the circumstances in your district when school starts in the fall.
Expert consultation, training, and a full suite of documentation are built in to the Start Strong assessment, allowing for quick, seamless implementation.
“Our goal is to provide educators with powerful, easy-to-use tools to help their students learn. Input from teachers, administrators and assessment coordinators is absolutely essential. The administration of Start Strong in New Jersey has helped a great deal.”
Partner with New Meridian and get the data you need to start the school year off right. With Start Strong, you’ll be able to see where students stand and get the information needed to make better decisions. Contact us today to learn more about the Start Strong Assessment and how it can help support you on the road to recovery.