Guiding States in an Era of Reform

States face an array of choices and requirements for 21st century accountability systems. Whether measuring performance to independent standards or transitioning to new or modified standards; whether implementing a consortium-based program or a state-specific assessment system—or both—Measured Progress has the leadership and experience to help.

Combining deep and broad expertise with an understanding of the challenges facing assessment leaders and educators, we’ve become expert at helping states weather transitions. We've been there as partners and guides through landmark shifts in testing—the authentic assessment movement, No Child Left Behind, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and programs designed by the consortia and others to assess college-and career readiness. Our recent work in partnership with our clients, and in our own research and development projects, focuses on the increasing role of technology in testing, the need for greater accessibility, and ways to balance the efficiency of traditional item types with the richness gained from innovative items.

We've worked with 30 states over the last 30-plus years on a broad range of assessment initiatives. The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is widely compared in rigor to the international benchmark exams. The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) brought together four states in the first consortium for a summative assessment program. Across the U.S. in states as diverse as Montana, Mississippi, and Maine, we work in collaboration with our clients to create and score performance-based alternate assessments. We help states pilot new assessment models using performance tasks and introducing high quality item banks for teachers’ use in classroom assessment. As the consortium assessments become operational, we are implementing a solution for the Smarter Balanced assessments with a number of states.

The programs we support are diverse, as are our partners and stakeholders. Yet we all share a commitment to provide assessments that shed a clear light on student learning. We believe our greatest accountability is 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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