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Measured Progress Grant Targets Innovative Tools for Educator Effectiveness

DOVER, N.H. Feb. 15, 2011 $1.5 million

The performance tasks or assessments require students to perform a specific task rather than select an answer from a ready-made list. They will be piloted to determine their viability to serve as components of more comprehensive, through-course or end-of-course tests in science, social studies, and mathematics.

Performance assessment refers to testing approaches—constructed-response questions or more substantial tasks and activities—that yield either scorable products (like essays) or performances that are themselves scorable (such as oral presentations). In addition to content knowledge, they can capture problem solving and critical thinking capabilities, as well as a variety of communication skills—all key to college and workplace readiness. The grant project aligns with Measured Progress’s considerable experience in performance assessment, including statewide programs involving extended performance tasks and portfolios.

Stuart Kahl

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Vicki Phillips

"The beauty of the study focusing on ‘untested’ grades and subjects is that it keeps control of the teacher evaluation process at the local level—that is, in the hands of teachers’ supervisors, who can take into account individual teachers’ unique situations, in tandem with student test results, to help inform those evaluations," Kahl said.

Measured Progress Dover, New Hampshire www.measuredprogress.org

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