Last year, Measured Progress developed more than 19,000 items, including multiple-choice and constructed-response items, writing prompts, performance tasks, and technology-enhanced items. Item review committees accepted more than 97 percent of the items that Measured Progress brought to the first rounds of meetings last year.
The majority of Measured Progress assessment development specialists hold advanced degrees in their fields and have had years of classroom experience. Their experience enables them to create items well-aligned with students' classroom experience.
Specialists work with clients to create customized items that measure students' knowledge of the standards. Each item in a high quality assessment addresses the appropriate state standards, challenges but doesn't trick students, and is accessible to all students at their grade level. All items go through a series of content and readability reviews, including peer reviews by content experts, bias and sensitivity reviews, and external content review by committees. Items are also copyedited and proofread during the content development process and during test production.
A sophisticated in-house Publishing department carries thousands of test-related documents and ancillary materials through rigorous editorial, production, and quality-control processes. Publishing staff also manage Measured Progress's item authoring and banking system and prepare test booklets, answer documents, and manuals for commercial printing, online administration, Web posting, or distribution via other digital media.