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Check Engine Light: Local Assessment Tune-Up

March 15, 2018

Diagnostic Information As a district or school site administrator, you may be tasked with looking at how your assessment system is working to improve instruction and whether your teachers are using the data provided by the system. To check if a “tune-up” of your local assessment system is needed, consider surveying teachers for specific information … Read more

5 Tips for Managing Low-tech Assessments with High-tech Tools

March 8, 2018

In an article recently published by eSchool News, our President and CEO, Caroline Fahmy, shares her insight with districts seeking to streamline their online test management systems. “While most large-scale assessments are moving toward online delivery, many still integrate a traditional pencil-and-paper element. In today’s digital world, paper may seem comparatively low tech, but there … Read more

How Assessment Improves Learning

March 1, 2018

The topic of assessment in education is complicated. We think assessments have gotten a bad rap over the years—perhaps for good reason, perhaps not. In this article, we explore different ways that assessments can play a crucial and positive role in supporting successful learning. Quality assessments can Improve long-term recall for students Inform instruction or … Read more

How Today’s Standardized Tests Get Made

February 23, 2018

In an article recently published by EdSurge, our Director of Research, Evaluation, and Psychometric Development, Mark Moulton, Ph.D., shares his thoughts with author Stephen Noonoo on the connection between psychometric analyses and standardized testing. The author delves into some of the common misconceptions in testing and Mark helps demystify the methods that make tests fair … Read more

Educational Data Systems at CERA 2017

November 28, 2017

We are proud to contribute to the 2017 California Educational Research Association (CERA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme is “Improving Education through Partnership: Sharing Ideas, Connecting Systems, and Creating Solutions.” Our co-presentation discusses our solution to helping manage the logistics and scoring of performance tasks. Educational Data Systems is participating in a number of … Read more

School Districts: Four Benefits of Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology

October 26, 2017

By David Johnston, GIS specialist at Educational Data Systems – In today’s technologically connected world, we are constantly using Google Search to find the answers to our questions. In seconds, we can find the location of the nearest sandwich shop along with its reviews, website, and more. This is an example of geographic information systems … Read more