Measured Progress Awarded Contracts for Smarter Balanced Test Administration in Three States

Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota tap the nonprofit organization for implementation

DOVER, N.H.—January, 2015— Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI), the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have chosen Measured Progress to fulfill their contracts for implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced®) statewide assessment program. Smarter Balanced is a multi-state consortium—one of two awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010—that has developed next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The Smarter Balanced assessments allow students to learn, practice, and demonstrate their knowledge.

Smarter Balanced provides a balanced set of measures and tools, including mandatory summative assessments, optional interim assessments, and formative tools that help teachers understand students’ learning needs and evaluate their progress toward goals. The summative assessment is an adaptive model, which provides an appropriate level of challenge for all students while providing efficient and accurate measures of student learning.

Measured Progress will implement its Smarter Balanced solution, providing online administration, administration training, scoring, and reporting. These projects call upon Measured Progress’s 30-plus years of experience partnering with states and multi-state consortia to create, administer, score, and report on standards-based assessments.

Measured Progress is known for its responsiveness to the unique challenges faced by each of our clients, and in particular for helping states weather transitions in educational standards, testing practices, and technology. In the area of alternate assessment, our research and practice have resulted in numerous programs that make standards and items accessible for students with disabilities.

Measured Progress currently holds contracts for other components of Montana’s and Nevada’s assessment systems. In Montana, we develop and administer two components of the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRTs): the CRT-Alternate,  an alternate assessment in science; and the CRT science assessment, both at grades 4, 8, and 10. We partnered with the OPI to introduce the foundations of both of those programs in 2003.

In Nevada, we have partnered with the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) on numerous programs since 2004. We continue to fulfill contracts for the CRT Science assessments, the End of Course assessments in mathematics and English language arts, and  the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) retests in reading, mathematics, and science for students required to pass the HSPE in order to graduate. We continue to work with the NDE on the Nevada Alternate Assessment (NAA) in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The NAA uses selected- and constructed-response test questions as well as performance-based assessments to measure academic performance on Nevada Content Standards.

Smarter Balanced® is a registered trademark of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.