Partnerships that Improve Student Learning
Measured Progress partners with other vendors and organizations to develop assessment programs and solutions that jointly benefit educators, districts, states—and most importantly, students. Through our strategic partners, we are able to offer our clients a range of technology solutions, connections with complementary programs and services, and additional expertise in measurement, item development, and research.
Measured Progress partnered with Activate Learning to add high-quality, NGSS-aligned assessments to the world-class IQWST™ science curriculum. The partnership helps support middle school teachers’ and districts’ need to use their existing curriculum but transition to the new, more challenging NGSS standards. IQWST customers can now acquire STEM Gauge® through Activate Learning.
Activate Learning is a mission-driven company that believes quality, investigation-centered science education is the key to sustained prosperity. Their focus is on elementary and middle school science education in the United States. With the help of strong leadership and a distinguished advisory board, their science programs are growing rapidly in districts across the U.S.
Measured Progress partnered with Breakthrough Technologies, LLC to deliver an alternate assessment program for students with the most severe cognitive difficulties as part of the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) during 2014–15. Breakthrough and Measured Progress will continue serving a consortium of states administering the NCSC assessment under the new Multi-State Alternate Assessment contract. The two companies also offer this platform to individual states continuing to administer the NCSC assessment.
Breakthrough serves clients by creating innovative web, mobile and software solutions for complex problems. Educational assessment is one of the firm’s key areas of focus. Breakthrough believes that collaborating with their clients and partners gives them the opportunity to combine emerging technologies with innovative thinking to empower organizations, facilitate communication and create positive change on a global scale.
The College Board
Measured Progress partners with the College Board by offering eMPower Assessments™—interim and summative assessments for grades 3–8 that align with and tie to the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments. The eMPower program addresses the same domains of knowledge and the skills represented in the SAT Suite, which research shows are most important for college and career readiness.
The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
ERB (Educational Records Bureau)
Measured Progress has partnered with ERB to deliver The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP); a rigorous assessment for high achieving students in areas such as reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, science (online only) and mathematics. The CTP helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests.
ERB (Educational Records Bureau) is a not-for-profit organization providing admission and achievement assessments as well as instructional services for pre-K–grade 12. For over 85 years, and with over 2,000 member schools and districts around the world, ERB continues to be a trusted source to inform admission decisions and/or to support curriculum and instruction.
Measured Progress partners with eMetric, based in San Antonio, TX, to deliver online assessments for large-scale assessment programs. In ongoing programs in Oklahoma and New Mexico, online testing operates extremely smoothly. Educators find the assessment platform easy to learn and to use, and find the training and support to be responsive and effective.
eMetric was founded in 2000 with a vision to support state assessment with a web-based tool that would provide educators the ability to view assessment data interactively, while maintaining the integrity of student data. After substantial research and design, eMetric created the iTester platform, which has been used to deliver and report on a wide array of statewide assessments including summative, end-of-instruction, formative, alternate, and English language learner assessments.
iTester has been recently revamped to operate on multiple devices, all supporting many technology-enhanced and technology-enabled item types. eMetric has a solid track record of serving large-scale assessment programs for their assessment delivery and reporting.
IMS Global Learning Consortium
IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) is the world’s leading educational technology standards-setting collaborative. This non-profit member organization strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology for K–12, corporate, and higher education worldwide. IMS GLC members collaborate on interoperability standards and major adoption projects for the digital support of education and learning.
Measured Progress is a contributing member of IMS GLC and a supporter of open learning standards. The organizations are collaborating in support of the Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) standard. IMS GLC also participated in Measured Progress’s technical architecture development work for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced®).
IO assessment, powered by EADMS, allows you to create, deliver, score, and analyze a wide variety of exams. The EADMS platform supports online delivery and real-time analysis and reporting for Measured Progress Benchmarks and Testlets, and allows educators to create their own tests from the Formative Content Bank.
Using IO assessment, powered by EADMS, schools and districts deliver and report on Measured Progress Benchmarks and Testlets, as well as create their own tests from the Formative Content Bank.
McREL International supports educators worldwide by delivering innovative, research-based professional development solutions tailored to meet the needs of classrooms, districts, and states. Like Measured Progress, McREL is a non-profit organization dedicated to instructional improvement and student success. Measured Progress’s partnership with McREL broadens the scope of educational services that both organizations can provide to educators at the district, state, and consortia levels.
Most recently, the organizations jointly published Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability. Bryan Goodwin, MCREL president and chief executive officer; and co-authors Stuart Kahl, founding principal of Measured Progress, and Peter Hofman, an independent consultant and former Measured Progress executive, assert that “curriculum-embedded performance assessments provide a better solution for engaging students in their learning and for measuring their progress toward 21st century academic goals.”
OAT (Open Assessment Technologies)
Measured Progress partners with Open Assessment Technologies (OAT), the publisher of TAO, to deliver alternate assessment to large-scale clients. TAO is the world’s leading open-source assessment platform for education and public sector employment. It enables the creation and delivery of effective and engaging computer-based tests online and supports a wide range of question types from simple multiple-choice items to complex problem solving; it can be easily deployed on any scale – whether within a classroom or across multiple continents.
Measured Progress partners with Pearson, a global education company, in our contract for the “next generation” MCAS—the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. A pioneer in providing online testing systems since 2001, Pearson provides online item banking, test management, and test delivery systems via its stable, accessible technology platform. Massachusetts students in grades 4 and 8 will use the system in spring 2017, and the state plans to transition all the assessments to computer delivery by spring 2019.
Over the past 15 years many of the nation’s largest assessment programs have worked with Pearson to transition from paper to online delivery. Pearson consistently invests in its online platforms and services to create effective administration of valid assessments and reliable, compelling technology platforms.
Pearson’s integrated assessment platforms deliver millions of secure, high-stakes tests in K–12 schools every year. Its TestNav™ test delivery platform offers an engaging, interactive testing experience appropriate for today’s digitally adept students. TestNav provides easy reading and navigation across a wide range of mobile devices.
Educators use the Performance Matters’ flagship product, Unify, to author and review instructional materials and administer authentic assessments that energize learning. It empowers users to analyze student and educator data from multiple sources and act on that information with resources that improve teaching and learning.
Using Unify, schools and districts deliver and report on Measured Progress Benchmarks and Testlets, as well as create their own tests from the Formative Content Bank.
Measured Progress is one of only five educational assessment companies to become a WebbAlign Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Partner. The partnership certification is granted to educational publishers that have committed to an ongoing relationship with Dr. Norman Webb and his team for implementing the DOK Framework. Through the partnership, Measured Progress furthers its commitment to produce high-quality assessment materials that represent a range of complexity and measure student learning effectively.
As a certified DOK partner, Measured Progress will participate in ongoing annual calibration with WebbAlign to maintain mutually high standards for rigor and consistency. For clients and customers, this means that Measured Progress items address and measure the intended constructs at the levels of rigor needed to assess college and career readiness.
Measured Progress partners with WestEd to develop and manage K-12 solutions for large-scale assessment programs.
WestEd is a pre-eminent educational research and service organization with more than 600 employees and 17 offices nationwide. WestEd has been a leader in moving research into practice by conducting research and development (R&D) programs, projects, and evaluations; by providing training and technical assistance; and by working with policymakers and practitioners at state and local levels to carry out large-scale school improvement and innovative change efforts. In developing and applying the best available resources toward these goals, WestEd has built solid working relationships with education and community organizations at all levels, playing key roles in facilitating the efforts of others and in initiating important new improvement ventures.
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