If you’re interested in improving the accuracy of your standardized test results, this article provides some insightful tips. Originally published by The Edvocate, Caroline Fahmy, President and CEO of Educational Data Systems, leverages her knowledge of large-scale assessments by sharing three internal procedures that schools and districts can utilize to ensure accurate test scores.
By Mark Moulton, Ph.D., Director of Research, Evaluation, and Psychometric Development
I recently returned from the excellent International Objective Measurement Workshop (IOMW) 2018 conference (www.iomw.org) in New York City, overlooking the famous Washington Square Park, where I had a chance to present on “objectivity.” IOMW has been around since the early 1980s and is, in my opinion, one of the premier world measurement conferences with a specialty in the Rasch Model. Educational Data Systems (EDS) has been a major sponsor of IOMW for some years and was central in organizing the 2014 (Philadelphia) and 2016 (Washington, DC) conferences. This year’s conference was ably organized by Andy Maul (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Ronli Diakow (NYC Department of Education). I helped organize the software workshops.
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 that allows for positive change. Here are some topics to guide data collection efforts.
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 are high-tech tools available to help manage all that paper.”
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.