March 27, 2014

Amid the CCSS “shifts,” let’s not lose sight of independent reading practice

By Eric Stickney, Director of Educational Research   Earlier this month, our Chief Academic Officer Gene Kerns wrote about text complexity and the Common Core State Standards. His comments remind us that even with all the attention on the “shifts” demanded […]
April 23, 2014

The power of formative assessment

By Shannan Statz, Former Director & Principal   Change is sweeping K-12 assessment. Many teachers are evaluated against summative test outcomes. Students are expected to step up to the higher bar of Common Core and state standards. Districts are taking […]
June 19, 2014

From possibility to probability

By Alexa Posny, PhD, Former Chief State School Officer A question that I constantly wonder about is this: What does it look like when teachers are truly making a difference in the lives of each and every one of their […]
July 10, 2014

Understanding the reliability and validity of test scores

By Catherine Close, PhD, Psychometrician   Toward the end of my master’s degree program, I called my parents and excitedly announced that I was entering a doctoral program in psychometrics. A few uncomfortable moments later, my father responded, “That sounds…interesting.” […]