Proving comparable measurement aligned to common standards

The Challenge

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:

  • Support different curricula and pacing in place for different grades
  • Measure all students’ progress toward grade-level standards
  • Align to state standards
  • Meet or exceed the rigorous expectations of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the state assessment
  • Be fair and equitable for all students

The Solution

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.

The Results

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.

The quality of the content, the company’s reputation as being a good partner to districts, the staff’s understanding of the Common Core and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks really made Measured Progress stand out.

Mike Rubino, Formative Assessment Manager, BPS

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