The Glossary of Education Reform gives this great overview of what high-stakes testing is and how it impacts students, teachers, and schools. Assessment is the measurement of what students are learning. Assessments provide educators with both objective and subjective data in order to ascertain student progress and skill mastery. Why do we do it?
Contact Us Assessment Services MI has been providing assessment services for more than 30 years, earning high recognition in the field for superior levels of customized service, accurate results, and dedicated, knowledgeable staff.
Providing these services for over 30 years, the company has earned high recognition in the field for superior levels of customized service, accurate results, and dedicated, knowledgeable staff.
At MI, we understand the federal regulations that guide state programs, but we also recognize the need of each state to develop its own examination and testing standards.
We have worked hard to nurture strong collaborative relationships with state departments of education, ensuring that their specific testing goals are realized.
We have worked with over 30 departments of education to develop, administer, score, and report results of a wide variety of exams in all core content areas for K students, including those with limited English proficiency and special needs, as well as: We offer a variety of assessment scoring technologies and image scoring in addition to traditional paper and pencil assessments, and our scoring systems support both site-based face-to-face and distributed scoring models.
We are able to score assessments across the entire range of subject areas and across all levels, from kindergarten through college and at the professional level.
Essays formative assessment volume includes evaluation of written essays; constructed-response items in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies; and other performance assessment tasks.
We have the capacity and expertise to handle a large volume of high-stakes statewide assessments and have the flexibility to apply the scoring criteria and standards demanded by each unique client. Reliable results are assured by conducting rangefinding sessions with the client to define the range of score points; recruiting qualified scoring staff; providing them with thorough training and high-quality training materials; and conducting multiple readings of the student responses by independent scorers and then comparing and analyzing score data.
Our scoring staff consists of 30 full-time professionals project managers and assistants as well as hundreds of seasonal scorers, team leaders, and scoring directors at each of our 10 scoring centers.
Our staff has expertise in a wide variety of fields, and many are former teachers. On numerous occasions we have had the opportunity to work with states and districts to train local educators to score constructed-response items and performance tasks as part of their standards-based summative and formative assessment systems.
Net production rate at our headquarters is in excess of 17, sheets scanned per hour, with additional scanners used at each of our other scoring centers. MI also utilizes imaging technology to collect student data.
Imaging technology permits online scoring plus the ability to provide clients with images of student documents to facilitate storage and retrieval. Net production rate is in excess of 79, sheets imaged per hour. Score results are delivered to the client through a variety of secure reporting methods.
Reporting MI employs more than 35 full-time professional software developers and data analysts to design, develop, test, and maintain custom score reporting applications for our clients.
We can accommodate simple custom reporting tasks to multivariate analyses involving many large data sets, modify an existing reporting system, or design and develop an entire customized suite of reporting applications.
Typical tools used include Crystal Reports, Microsoft. We maintain over a dozen printers that each produce between 50 and pages per minute, most of which have duplex printing capabilities.
MI incorporates stringent security procedures to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of student information and test results.
Secure transmission of data is accomplished with industry standard solutions such as SSL, SFTP, and VPN tunnels, and data is archived to off-site locations through the use of real-time snap shots, replication, NDMP, and traditional tape backup techniques.
Our psychometricians work to ensure that all assessment materials are statistically sound and legally defensible. We offer a full range of psychometric services and analyses, including operational test design, equating, scaling, classical item analysis, IRT analysis, differential item functioning, standard setting, alignment studies, and reliability and validity analyses.
Michael Bunch, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, an expert in large-scale assessment who is internationally recognized as an authority in standard setting.
Bunch co-authored Standard Setting Sage,currently the primary reference source for practitioners and scholars throughout the world.Educational assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs. Assessment can focus on the individual learner, the learning community (class, workshop, or other organized group of learners), the institution, or the educational system as a whole.
Worth considering: Formative and summative are not necessarily mutually exclusive.A single assessment task could be both formative and summative (for example, a mid-term piece of coursework might contribute to a student’s final grade, but might also give them some feedback to consider for a final examination at the end of the module.
Assessment lingo — the language of endless slide presentations and hefty reports — can be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be. When we talk about assessment, we’re really talking about something experienced, expert teachers do every day.
Educational assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs.
Assessment can focus on the individual learner, the learning community (class, workshop, or other organized group of learners), the institution, or the educational system as a whole. Classroom Teacher Observation Report - A. Evaluation Form or Observation Protocol The evaluation form that was used to evaluate a classroom teacher’s performance is a rubric used by the school district (Hillsborough County Public Schools, ).
The Alerts series is a joint initiative sponsored by two divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children—the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) and the Division for Research (DR).. Each Current Practice Alert provides timely and informed judgments regarding professional practices in the field with a special focus on learning disabilities..
Based on the adequacy of the current.