Boston Public Schools (BPS) had a challenge: How to ensure educators had access to high-quality, formative assessments across 125 different schools because there are many different curricula and programs currently being used across all grade levels. The set of assessments were required to:
Customized test construction—the selection and sequence of assessments—was provided by Measured Progress to deliver aligned and rigorous assessments. As a result, curricula and pacing were matched and personalized learning for students supported in different Boston classrooms.
By matching each assessment use to its purpose, these new, customized assessments were developed at the right level of rigor for each grade level and tightly aligned to state standards. The district is now ready to push the conversation beyond individual student learning and look at broader curriculum goals, supporting schools in building intervention supports, technology integration, and teacher professional development. The end goal will always remain intact—having access to data to explore why students are performing at particular levels and adjusting teacher practice accordingly.