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Join Us at the California Educational Research Association (CERA) Conference

We are pleased to announce that Educational Data Systems will be participating at this year’s California Educational Research Association’s conference. Educational Data Systems has a long, rich history of contributing to CERA. This year’s conference will be held on November 12-14 at the Disneyland Hotel and the theme is “Readiness at All Ages.”
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The Lifecycle of an Assessment Program

We’re excited to share this article written by our President & CEO, Caroline Fahmy, about The Life Cycle of an Assessment Program. It was featured in the June issue of CALSA’s newsletter! CALSA is the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.

In the article, Caroline shares some valuable tips for creating and maintaining a statewide assessment, based on our work with the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). CELDT is being replaced as the standardized test of English language proficiency in California.

2018 International Objective Measurement Workshop

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.

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Check Engine Light: Local Assessment Tune-Up

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.

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