April 12, 2012

In January, the Hewlett Foundation invited Measurement Incorporated (MI) and eight other major vendors of artificial intelligence (AI) scoring of student essays to participate in the Automated Scoring Assessment Prize (ASAP) competition. The competition included essays written to eight different prompts by students in various grade levels. Each essay had been scored by two professionally trained readers. Their scores were used to “train” the AI scoring programs. All such programs “learn” by reading digitally entered essays and their associated scores and drawing conclusions about how essay content leads to a given score. “The competition will determine if current software scoring programs are as effective as expert human scoring and seeks to accelerate innovation for faster and more accurate scoring of student work.

March 16, 2012

Sorry, magic wands don’t exist. Dramatic school improvement is hard work. It requires long-term strategies and unwavering commitment to develop school leadership, promote effective teaching, engage students, and raise student achievement by building a strong curriculum and fostering a positive learning environment.

At Measurement Incorporated, we have 30 years of experience at the local, state, and national level in testing and in studying factors that lead to smarter, happier students.

When we begin the challenging journey to turn a school or district around, we don’t pull a solution off the shelf. Every organization is different. School improvement starts with asking the right questions: Where are the opportunities for progress? What solutions will work for your district? How can we engage the community to work toward change? How can we make sure your district continues to improve year after year?

March 16, 2012

We are living in an age where machines can be programmed to do just about anything imaginable. Automation has become a common occurrence in our everyday lives. But most of us are still wary of the reliability of automated systems in performing functions requiring intelligent human thought, especially those relating to the learning process. This inevitably leads us to the concept of artificial intelligence, which begs the question, “Can computers learn?” According to Ellis Batten Page, Ph.D. (Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut) — whose pioneering work in the field of computational linguistics has distinguished him as the father of computer-based essay scoring — the answer is a resounding, "YES."

March 16, 2012

Most of the tests we work on at Measurement Incorporated are of the high-stakes variety. That is, scores on many of those tests have immediate and far-reaching consequences for students, schools, districts, and even states. Scores on others have consequences for candidates for licensure and certification and for their professions. Whether the test is for a statewide assessment or for licensure and certification, someone has to decide what level of performance is good enough. That is where cut scores come in. Cut scores are set through a process commonly known as standard setting.

December 7, 2011

Measurement Incorporated is supporting the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Watson School of Education in its effort to implement a national grant called i3 Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works.

September 7, 2011

Measurement Incorporated has been awarded a three-year contract to evaluate both the implementation and impact of school intervention models in PLA and SURR schools and interventions under the state’s Differentiated Accountability (DA) System.

August 5, 2011

Measurement Incorporated recently received contracts to evaluate three Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grants located in Maryland and Virginia: (1) the Financial Incentive Rewards for Supervisors and Teachers (FIRST) Program, operated by Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland; (2) the Performance Outcomes with Effective Rewards (POWER) Program, administered by Washington County Public Schools, Maryland; and (3) the Schools for Excellence Program, operated by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), Virginia.

June 30, 2011

Measurement Durham LLC, a spin-off from Measurement Incorporated, announced today that it has formed Measurement Building LLC in order to construct and finance a new 74,000 square foot, Class A office and retail facility in Downtown Durham. “The Measurement Building” will be located at 404 Hunt Street, at the corner of Hunt and Morris Streets. This location is adjacent to the Durham Farmers Market and Durham Central Park and is one block south of the Historic Durham Athletic Park.

Construction will begin in July 2011 and completion is expected by July 2012. The building will be five stories tall with a red-brick exterior, five ground floor retail bays, and flexible office layouts.

May 18, 2011

In a recent issue of Journal of Educational Measurement, Dr. Luz Bay gives a very favorable review of the book, praising it for its practical approach:

…authors Gregory J. Cizek and Michael B. Bunch intended to (a) provide readers with a brief solid foundation of the basic theory and logic underlying standard setting, and (b) then dive directly into a nuts-and-bolts survey of the current inventory of standard-setting methods (p. xi). They did just that, and much, much more.

Dr. Bay goes on to note:

The discussions of the methods are very thorough, each chapter presenting a historical perspective on the development of the method. Such historical discourse makes this more than a how-to book and a good reference for a serious student of standard setting.

Later, she points to the experience-based nature of the contents of the book:

November 22, 2010

To qualify, Measurement Incorporated had to demonstrate expertise in Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design, Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology (survey design case studies, interviews, and classroom observation), Advanced Statistical Analyses, and User-friendly Reporting. Now, as an approved evaluator, MI can conduct formative and summative evaluations in wide ranging content areas including teacher quality, leadership/professional development, small learning communities, extended learning, health, special education, bilingual education, and content-related initiatives (literacy, STEM, social studies).

MI is also pre-qualified to perform evaluations for the New York City Department of Education and the Buffalo Public Schools.

Visit our Evaluation Services section, to learn how MI can assist your state, district, or school.