Reading and Math Assessment Resources

Formative Content Bank

The Measured Progress Formative Content Bank is a set of premium formative assessment items and preconfigured quizzes designed to help teachers gather classroom evidence of student learning. Natively built to support college and career readiness standards, the bank spans grades 1–12 in reading and math and allows teachers to assess at various levels of cognitive complexity.

All items support students in reaching the higher levels of rigor expected by statewide tests.

Measured Progress items help teachers focus on standards that pose challenges, and they diagnose gaps in understanding of new content. All items are presented with distractor rationales or rubrics, and scoring notes. With these tools, teachers can uncover student misconceptions and score open-ended items consistently and quickly. Students and teachers can get instant feedback on progress, promoting engagement in the formative assessment feedback loop.

Our item development and review process includes a detailed protocol and several layers of reviews by content specialists and professional editors. This process results in item content of the highest quality, which sets our content bank apart from others. Because we’re a certified WebbAlign partner, you can be confident that our items that are accurately aligned and meet the levels of rigor outlined in the learning expectations. Using the Formative Content Bank, teachers can confidently build quizzes and tests that provide meaningful evidence of student understanding and can make informed instructional decisions.

What does the Formative Content Bank provide?

  • Items

    Items may be chosen by content area, grade level, standard, DOK level, and/or item type.

    Measured Progress offers includes the following item interactions:

    • Choice (selected-response, evidence-based selected-response)
    • Extended Text (constructed-response, open-response, extended-response, prose-constructed-response, short-answer)
    • Draw (constructed-response, open-response, extended-response, prose-constructed-response, short-answer)
    • Text Entry (short-answer)
  • Technology-enhanced items
    • Give your students practice on engaging items that help uncover student thinking and elicit evidence of understanding with interactions similar to those they encounter on computer-based tests.
    • Save time. One efficient TEI can give you the same information as several selected-response items.

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  • Performance tasks
    • Assess multiple content standards at one time.
    • Elicit authentic demonstrations of higher-order thinking skills in real-word settings.
    • Provide opportunities for students to synthesize and apply their knowledge as an integral part of learning.
  • Testlets
    Measured Progress Testlets are preconfigured quizzes that support formative assessment practices by providing a snapshot of student progress on a particular set of reading or math standards. With Testlets, you can:
    • Administer Testlets frequently for quick results that help you direct both individual and small-group instruction.
    • Receive immediate feedback on a particular set of skills and standards without having to create an assessment from scratch.
    • Use class time efficiently; Each 20-minute Testlet addresses a range of cognitive complexity.
    • Gain insight into Testlet design with included Blueprints that show item types, DOK levels, and anchor and target standards.
    • Use the Formative Support Tools included with Testlets to engage students and teachers in the formative assessment process.

    Reading Testlets

    • Cover the 3 anchor standards:
      • Key ideas and details
      • Craft and structure
      • Integration of knowledge and ideas
    • Include 6 selected-response items and 1 constructed-response item

    Math Testlets

    • Cover 1 cluster of standards
    • Include
      • 3 selected-response items
      • 3 short-answer items
      • 1 constructed-response item

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  • Benchmarks

    Measured Progress Benchmarks help you monitor students’ progress and growth. The 60-minute tests, available for up to 4 administrations a year, provide a common measure for instructional feedback across grade levels, schools, and districts as part of a comprehensive standards-based assessment program.

    Custom or preconfigured

    Measured Progress can create custom benchmarks aligned to your specific scope and sequence through our Assessment Services team, or you can use preconfigured benchmarks from the Formative Content Bank.

    Math Benchmarks

    • Cover all domains in mathematics.
    • Focus on the major standards emphasized at each grade level for grades 3–8.

    Reading Benchmarks

    • Cover all 3 domains in reading:
      • Key ideas and details
      • Craft and structure
      • Integration of knowledge and ideas
    • Include passages that increase in text and task complexity throughout the year.

    Using Benchmarks, teachers can:

    • Assess students using constructed-response and evidence-based selected-response items, in addition to traditional selected-response items.
    • Schedule assessments to coincide with classroom learning progressions and standards.
    • Address a range of cognitive demand (DOK levels) and multiple sets of standards in each form.

    Measured Progress Standards Pacing Guide

    Benchmarks are built to the Measured Progress Standards Pacing Guide. The Standards Pacing Guide was informed by research conducted by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas and outlines the standards included in each reading and math Benchmarks form. Standards are grouped to coordinate with intervals of instruction, ensuring that key standards and appropriate text complexity are addressed during the academic year. Benchmarks are paced to follow a logical sequence of instruction that coincides with the learning progressions outlined in college and career readiness standards.

With the Formative Content Bank, you can:

  • Create reading and math assessments to assess a broad range of skills or a particular cluster or standard.
  • Integrate individual items into instruction, or use them as exemplars.
  • Collect information to plan instruction for tomorrow, next week, or next term.
  • Quickly assess a target group of standards in grades 1–12.
  • Address a range of cognitive complexity in a short form.
  • Deliver assessments in paper-and-pencil format or in an online platform.

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