Sharing the Conviction that all Students Count
Our alternate assessment partnerships with states are more than contracts—they’re commitments. Our alternate assessment staff members are former special educators who feel a deep connection to the students and their teachers.
Meeting the Challenges of IDEA
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997 redefined what students with disabilities should know and be able to do, and was the first mandate for states to administer alternate assessments. Since 1998, we’ve helped 23 states (plus the District of Columbia) meet the enormous challenges of IDEA with approaches that meet the federal mandates and provide meaningful information to help improve instruction.
- For portfolio-based alternate assessments, we help teachers collect and store student performance evidence electronically to showcase student work and progress.
- We work with special educators in states across the country to develop and administer performance-based alternate assessments.
- We’ve designed and implemented scoring procedures that result in consistent, valid scores.
- We conduct trainings for hundreds of teachers and test administrators to help them reveal student progress using alternate assessment tools.
Supporting States’ Transitions
Putting Students First
The “Measured Progress Difference” is the phrase we use to describe the mix of values, habits, and convictions that go into our work. It means that we share your objectives and make decisions with your students in mind. This “difference” is especially apparent when it comes to our work on alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.
We know that sometimes the structure of an alternate assessment—no matter how individualized—isn’t easy to follow. When something doesn’t go quite right in a specific test administration or with upload of a student’s work, we put the student’s need first. We don’t slam the door shut. Instead, we ask, “Is there any way we can include this student?” We’ll work with the state to try to make sure that the student—every student—gets a score, and the parent will get a report. This student’s work matters.
Range of Services
Our specialists share your goals and your challenges. We thrive on working with you to overcome challenges. See the descriptions of our Services to learn more about how we can support your alternate assessment program.