April 26, 2013

DURHAM, NC – Finalists for the 27th Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award were announced and Durham business leader Dr. Henry H. Scherich, president of Measurement Incorporated, is among those selected. The prestigious award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success.

March 13, 2013

Duke University Pratt School of Engineering To Offer Writing Planet To All International Students Next Fall

DURHAM, NC – Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering has agreed to subscribe to Urban Planet Mobile’s Writing Planet– a web-based English writing assessment tool specifically designed to help English as Second Language (ESL) students become more proficient in their English writing capabilities.

Urban Planet Mobile’s Writing Planet will be used by all Masters' level international students of the Masters’ in Engineering Management program who take the English Speaking and Writing course during the spring 2013 semester.  This is an effort by the engineering college to efficiently boost the English writing capabilities of its international students, who are typically below average English writers.  This will enable all Masters students to write better scholarly journals and continue to augment Duke University’s reputation.

February 25, 2013

Promising more teaching time and less grading time…

DURHAM, NC –Measurement Incorporated, a leader in educational assessment, launches a powerful and innovative learning program today. PEG Writing is a web-based writing practice program designed to help students develop effective writing skills by providing more opportunities to write and have their efforts instantly evaluated by award winning technology. PEG Writing's engaging interactive lessons and skill-building exercises also enhance student learning.

“There’s no substitute for practice in helping students become better writers,” says Henry “Hank” Scherich, President of Measurement Incorporated. “But grading reams of student writing puts an enormous burden on teachers. With PEG Writing taking on the “heavy lifting” of scoring, teachers will be able to focus on what they do best—coaching and mentoring.”

November 1, 2012

School districts across the country are now required to protect students from bullying, as legislation addressing this issue has been enacted in 49 states. While all states have the freedom to address this mandate as they see appropriate, the writing is on the wall—schools will need help and support to effectively carry out this work. MI is poised to do just that, with the capacity to offer states, districts and schools professional development, technical assistance, and expert coaching in leadership and bullying prevention. In September 2012, MI Consultant and retired school principal, Jim Dillon’s book, “No Place for Bullying” went on sale. The publisher, Corwin Press is, in its own words, “launching a major campaign” to market the book, and has made it the central title among its collection of bullying prevention resources.

October 4, 2012

Judges Concluded Project Essay Grade’s Ability To Score Short-Answer Constructed Responses Is Most Similar To Human Graders 

DURHAM, NC – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett Foundation) has awarded first place in its national competition to Measurement Incorporated – a Durham, NC based full-service educational company that provides achievement tests and scoring services for state governments and various organizations –for having the best short-answer assessment scoring system.

The Hewlett Foundation’s competition determined that Measurement Incorporated’s Project Essay Grade (PEG) was similar to human graders in scoring short-answer student responses.  Judges for the competition determined that PEG is the most capable scoring system available to help teachers accurately score student written responses to test questions.

October 1, 2012

Durham-based Measurement Inc.’s computer essay grading technology is a key component of Writing Planet, a new online writing program for English learners developed through a partnership with Urban Planet Mobile.

Read the full story at The Herald-Sun.

August 10, 2012

Henry Scherich, president of Measurement Incorporated, and a group of Durham officials cut the ribbon on a new five-story building developed by the company's real estate arm, Measurement Durham.

Read the full story at The Herald-Sun.

June 25, 2012

Over the past 30 years, staff of Measurement Incorporated have written extensively on issues pertaining to large-scale assessment, mostly for national meetings and professional journals or books. This is the first in a series of papers intended for our clients and others who are responsible for making assessment work day in and day out. The purpose of the series is to share with you some practical insights into topics that can get quite technical and abstract. We hope these papers will foster a dialogue that will improve test theory and practice. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your comments and suggestions. To send an email to the author, please click here.

June 22, 2012

Measurement Incorporated demonstrated its online writing practice tool for morning news viewers in Connecticut, where it is available to all students in Grades 3-8. Click here to watch the video.

The tool gives educators and students unlimited access to custom writing prompts, electronic graphic organizers, automated scoring, instant feedback, portfolios, and interactive student tutorials. Students write more and learn more without creating stacks of additional essays for teachers to grade, thanks to MI’s award-winning automated scoring software. Dr. Michael Bunch, MI’s Senior Vice President, demonstrated some of the tool’s interactive features and talked about how it can enrich the classroom experience.

June 12, 2012

It’s obvious: The best way to learn to write is to write—a lot. But writing a lot has a downside, too. The more students write, the more papers teachers grade, and the less time they can spend actually teaching.

At Measurement Incorporated, we appreciate good writing and good teaching. So we launched NC Write, a tool to help teachers do both better, without sacrificing one or the other. Our new online writing tool gives educators and students unlimited access to custom writing prompts, electronic graphic organizers, automated scoring, instant feedback, portfolios, and interactive student tutorials.

As a result, students write more and learn more without creating stacks of paper for teachers to take home at night.

More than 40 districts across the state are using NC Write, and we have received great feedback from principals, teachers and students. Each teacher currently using NC Write now assigns at least one essay per week.