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.
Collaboration and Leadership
Now, in the third decade of IDEA, individual states and consortia address their students’ needs through meaningful performance-based assessments and portfolios of student work. These are among the most challenging assessments to administer, and we’re acutely aware of the special dedication these assessments require. Our hallmark is our close collaboration with state department of education special education experts, and with the many expert educators who work with students in the field every day.
Since the establishment of the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC, funded by the federal Race to the Top program), we’ve partnered with participating territories and states and with other agencies to develop and implement the consortium’s assessment. Since NCSC transitioned to the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA), we’ve continued to work with participating states to develop, implement, and maintain the program.
Measured Progress has worked for many years with the Florida Department of Education on their alternate assessment programs, taken by approximately 25,000 students every spring. Starting in 2015, we helped Florida develop and implement the Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) Performance Task, which addressed access points in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies. Measured Progress also supports the FSAA-Datafolio, introduced in 2016 for students with the most significant disabilities. For both assessments, we provide extensive training and personal support for educators.
We built our reputation for collaboration and leadership by working with our clients to navigate the special challenges in alternate assessment. We can help you
- Design a new alternate assessment
- Enhance an existing program
- Implement an alternate assessment
- Train educators to use assessment tools and data
- Make a transition from one alternate assessment to another
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.