Guiding States in an Era of Reform

As states and the assessment consortia implement the Common Core State Standards and next-generation assessments, Measured Progress has the leadership and experience to help.

Assisting states with their evolving programs is nothing new to Measured Progress. We've been there as partners and guides through many landmark shifts in testing—the authentic assessment movement, No Child Left Behind, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the consortia programs based on the Common Core State Standards. We work with our clients to anticipate and plan for the increasing role of technology in testing, the call for more accessible assessments, and renewed attention to the value of innovative item types.

We've worked with 30 states over the last 30 years on a broad range of assessment initiatives, from the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), a program widely compared in rigor to the international benchmark exams, to the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), which brings together four states around common standards and assessments. We are a leader in creating and scoring performance-based alternate assessments across the U.S. in states as diverse as Montana, Mississippi, and Maine.

Our work is not limited to high-stakes, large-scale customized state assessments. We assist both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership to Assess Readiness for College and Career—the multi-state consortia formed through the Race to the Top initiative and charged with developing Common Core assessments. We have worked with two states to fulfill the goals they established through their successful RttT proposals: the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Program (view our webinar), and the Transitioning Education in Rhode Island interim assessment initiative. Now we are working with a number of states to implement their Smarter Balanced solutions.

Though the programs and clients we serve may vary, we are unified by our mutual commitment to develop assessments that shed a clear light on student learning. We believe our greatest accountability must be to students and educators, and that assessment's true mission is to guide instruction and improve student achievement. In short, it's all about student learning. Period.

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