Measuring Success

Measuring Success

Testing AI Evolution of Assessment

Testing AI: The Evolution of Educational Assessment

By Steve Ferrara, Ph.D

Development of even better technology-enhanced items—items that enable highlighting text as evidence to support an answer or graphing of mathematical functions—happens every year. Soon, science assessments will contain interactive, manipulable environments as well as the animated demonstrations...

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So Did They Learn Anything

So, Did They Learn Anything?

By Jeffery Harding, Ph.D.

I have seen this myself over the course of the last three years, having observed nearly 200 classrooms and interviewed teachers across 10 different U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Egypt. In that time, I have seen and discussed approximately 100 PBAs covering any number of topics. While I...

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Instructionally-Sensitive Assessments

Instructionally-Sensitive Assessments

By Chad M. Barrett, M.S.

James Popham (2007) identified a key premise in using test results to inform instructional practice. “The premise underlying the use of these accountability tests is that students’ test scores will indicate the quality of instruction those students have received.” However, in most cases,...

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The Futures of Educational Testing

The Futures of Educational Testing

By Stuart Kahl, Ph.D.

I’m talking about both state accountability testing and local testing—i.e., district, school, and classroom. The reason I’m addressing both is because I’ve seen the significant impact the former can have on the latter. In their own testing, local educators often mimic the kinds of tests that...

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Equity in Assessment A Guide for Administrators

Equity in Assessment: A Guide for Administrators

By Stuart Kahl, Ph.D.

A brief history of equity in education

Equity in educational opportunity has been a major focus of federal legislation and programs for over a half a century. It started with the passing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 and continued in all its subsequent...

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