As school districts gear up to implement the Language Arts Florida
Standards and Mathematics Florida Standards, educators face the
challenge of creating or finding assessment content that allows them to
see how their students are meeting the new goals and expectations. To
ease the transition and give educators easy access to the data they need
to inform instruction, the School District of Palm Beach County has
partnered with Performance
Matters™ to provide its 185 schools with new tools for assessment
and data management, including Measured
Progress® assessment resources developed to support
Florida's new math and reading standards.
This fall the School District of Palm Beach County will implement
Performance Matters' award-winning assessment
and data management system (ADMS), which is in use in more than 60
percent of Florida districts, and the new UNIFY
assessment platform. UNIFY is the first social platform designed for
educators anywhere to collaboratively develop, administer and share
assessments aligned to all standards, including the Common Core, state
and course-specific standards.
Included in the UNIFY platform are the new Measured Progress FLORIDA
STANDARDS Assessments, which include an Item Bank,
Testlets and Benchmarks designed to address the
rigor and depth of the new state standards. Schools can administer the
Measured Progress assessments via computer-based testing or plain paper
scanning, and access comprehensive reporting and analytics as student
assessments are scored. Together, the Performance Matters and Measured
Progress solutions give teachers the ability to easily drill down into
students' understanding of specific strands and domains of the
standards, and then use that information to guide their instruction.
"Our partnership with Measured Progress allows us to provide our
customers with high-quality, original assessment content, which is a
critical area where schools need support today," said Woody Dillaha, CEO
and co-founder of Performance Matters. "Using the new Measured Progress
FLORIDA STANDARDS Assessments, in conjunction with our
assessment and data management system and UNIFY, teachers can get the
real-time results they need to deliver effective instruction that
focuses on the needs of their students."
The Measured Progress FLORIDA STANDARDS Item Bank contains
more than 6,000 multiple-choice, short-answer, and constructed-response
items. With built-in sample responses and scoring notes, teachers can
quickly and consistently score student work. In addition, Measured
Progress FLORIDA STANDARDS Testlets include 100
short, pre-configured reading and math tests with multiple-choice,
short-answer, and constructed-response item types. Measured Progress
FLORIDA STANDARDS Assessments also include Benchmarks,
tests that can be administered four times a year to give teachers
valuable feedback about students' understanding of the new standards.
"Our partnership with Performance Matters is in line with our shared
conviction that the new standards will open the door to improved
achievement for all students, regardless of their personal
circumstances," said Martin Borg, president and CEO of Measured Progress.
For information about Measured Progress, visit measuredprogress.org.
For information about Performance Matters, visit www.performancematters.com
or call (407) 645-1800.
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