Teachers and central teams within Denver Public Schools (DPS) had invested time and energy into developing a set of interim assessments. Prior to administering the new assessments, the DPS Assessment team chose to have an assessment expert from outside the district conduct an objective review to confirm the quality and accuracy of the assessments.
The DPS Assessment team—part of the Accountability, Research and Evaluation department—contracted with the Measured Progress Assessment Services team to validate the efficacy of their district-created assessments. Measured Progress content specialists reviewed a key quality indicators that include:
Upon completion of the project, Denver received:
Information from the external review provided professional development for the Assessment team—generating ideas that they could implement quickly. They used the feedback to improve specific aspects of individual items, such as:
DPS continues to implement strategies gained from the assessment review into assessment design and item selection. The Assessment team also shares lessons learned from the assessment review during teacher collaboration sessions.