To ensure valid achievement measures, school districts often need assistance in planning and/or implementing their local assessment programs. Whether your—
- Testing programs include benchmark assessments, formative assessments, or summative assessments
- Test items are multiple-choice, constructed-response, performance tasks, or a combination of all of the above
- Reports are for accountability purposes or measures of student achievement
- District has one school or hundreds of schools
We can help with logistics management, scoring, or reporting to meet your district’s needs. And, we will ensure that your results are timely, valid, and reliable. Meet accountability requirements and measure and report on student progress with our custom benchmark assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment programs.
To be most effective, benchmark testing programs—given in multiple content areas to multiple grade levels multiple times per year—require managing large volumes of paper, classroom and school groupings, accurate processing, and quick turnaround of reports. By partnering with Educational Data Systems you can relieve your district of all of the logistical demands of your paper and pencil benchmark tests. For specialized programs, we have solutions that can make the scoring of your items more efficient, valid, and reliable.
Constructed-response and performance assessments
Assessment programs containing constructed-response item types for content areas such as writing, history/social science, mathematics, science, or art, require a system to manage the logistics, as well as the validity and reliability of human scoring of student responses. We utilize online management systems, as well as a proprietary image distribution scoring system to give you the best of both worlds: paper-based testing with online management of scoring and reporting. Our systems monitor reading rates and inter-rater reliability so you can be assured the scoring is reliable and your constructed-response and performance assessment results are valid.
Your district-wide summative assessments may include a pre-test in the beginning of the school year and a post-test at the end to establish growth, or perhaps a single snapshot to compare with previous school years. Our expertise in developing custom performance assessments will help ensure you are painting a valid picture of what your students can do. Most important, to help analyze how your district’s efforts to narrow the achievement gap are paying off, we offer reporting systems that break down your results by student demographic variables such as ethnicity, gender, English learner status, or others important to your district. If your district has assessment programs already in place—or if you are contemplating revamping or replacing your assessments with a customized solution—we can help. Educational Data Systems can assist you from the concept and design of the test, to the processing, to the reporting systems. Fill out the form below to request a no-obligation consultation. Let us know your needs; we’ll get back to you to discuss our recommendations and how we can help.