At Scantron, we believe that assessment and instruction are inseparable. Assessments should reveal important insights about student learning and support your instructional choices.
But many educators say that, while they do a lot of testing, the results of that testing do not necessarily drive curriculum and instruction. They often do not receive results in time to use them effectively, and educators express frustration about their ability to analyze and synthesize what they might learn from assessment results.
That's why Scantron developed our Interim Assessment Solutions: Achievement Series & Performance Series.
Fixed-Form or Adaptive Assessment—Why Not Both?
As you examine your interim, districtwide assessment options, do you feel forced to choose between fixed-form and adaptive assessments? Many providers only offer one or the other.
Scantron believes you shouldn't have to choose.
We offer a comprehensive, blended solution that makes it easy to use adaptive assessment for diagnostic and placement measures, while still having the flexibility of fixed-form items and tests for benchmarking assessments.
- Performance Series® provides computer-adaptive testing you can use to identify student attainment of standards for the cognitive levels that can be measured effectively by an assessment, independent of each student’s grade‑level abilities. Administered over time, these tests provide a longitudinal view of student growth in core curriculum areas (English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science).
- Achievement Series® expands your assessment abilities with a fixed-form approach so you can measure grade-level proficiency. Item and test banks for core subjects available. Includes an item editor to create questions that can support tests for any subject. Use the online testing engine to measure multiple choice, multiple response, gridded response, short response, true/false response, and extended response items.
How can a blended assessment solution support a comprehensive assessment strategy?
The real power of Scantron’s assessment solution comes from the unified system that enables you to blend both types of tests into a cohesive whole, using either of two proven approaches.
Start with fixed-form, then drill deeper with adaptive
One way to approach a blended solution is to use traditional, grade-level-specific, fixed-form assessments to measure all students so you can satisfy reporting requirements at the state and federal level.However, grade-level-specific, fixed-forms tests may not deliver results you can use to fully understand the performance of students at the outer edges of the curve. These students may require an additional, adaptive approach so you can identify their true academic achievement.
In this approach, you would use Performance Series to help you investigate extremely low- and high-performing students. Those results then drive additional support and help you adjust instructional strategies.
Start with adaptive, then expand domains with fixed-form
Another approach is to use Performance Series’ adaptive tests two or three times during the school year for the entire student body as a growth measure in the critical core subject areas.
District educators can then use Achievement Series to build shared content and assessments for other subject areas, such as other languages, arts, social studies, or any additional curriculum areas. Classroom educators can use this shared content or build their own custom content to suit their immediate needs.
This approach uses adaptive assessment for all students in the core subject areas (Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science), while leveraging fixed-form tests to target specific standards at any appropriate point during instruction: quick classroom quizzes, end-of-unit tests, grading period or semester exams, and so on.
You give assessments—but what do they give back?
In Scantron's Assessment Solutions, results are available in dynamic, detailed, and readable reports as soon as students complete a test—no more waiting for a centralized authority to receive and process reports into a spreadsheet or static printed report. And those results can be tied directly to your state's chosen educational standards and our selection of instructional resources, making it easy to identify trends and adjust instruction in real-time.
“Scantron offered a one-stop-shop with resources and reporting so teachers could get the resources they needed as they became familiar with the standards and students could get that just-right instruction based on their individual learning progression"
Coordinator for Assessment & Intervention
Frederick County Public Schools, MD
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