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, 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’ assessment and data management system (ADMS), which is in use in more than 60 percent of Florida districts, and the new UNIFY assessment platform, a social platform designed for educators 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 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.
The Measured Progress FLORIDA STANDARDS Item Bank contains more than 6,000 multiple-choice, short-answer, and constructed-response items. Teachers can score student work using built-in sample responses and scoring notes. 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 feedback about students’ understanding of the new standards.