Why Are We Talking About Engaging Learning and Assessment Tasks?

The last time I published a blog was two months ago. Grant proposals and holidays left no time for writing a blog. Today, I am publishing the first of a two-part blog series on engaging learning and assessment content.  In the first part, I will explain why engaging learning and assessment content is important forContinue reading “Why Are We Talking About Engaging Learning and Assessment Tasks?”

Why Is Principled Assessment Design Not Sufficient To Build Successful Assessment Products?

As assessment designers and developers, we can do better than we do now building assessments that positively impact our customers’ lives. But using principled assessment design (PAD) is not enough. PAD is a collection of assessment design approaches including construct-centered measurement, cognitive design system, evidence-centered design, principled design for efficacy (PDE), and assessment engineering. SeeContinue reading “Why Is Principled Assessment Design Not Sufficient To Build Successful Assessment Products?”

Planful Learning and Assessment is Looking for a Computer Scientist!

Join our team and help us help kids learn! Our vision at Planful Learning and Assessment is to combine the evidence from learning science with the wisdom of experienced teachers to provide students, parents, and educators engaging and effective assessment content. Computer Scientist Planful Learning and Assessment is looking for a Computer Scientist to serve as a consultantContinue reading Planful Learning and Assessment is Looking for a Computer Scientist!

Effectively Developing a Validity Argument

In this second blog in the series, we explain how to develop and represent a validity argument. We use a validity argument for the interpretation of scores from the AP History test to illustrate using graphs and outlines to represent a validity argument and assume teachers are the intended audience. This blog is a bitContinue reading Effectively Developing a Validity Argument

Addressing Stakeholder Concerns in a Validity Argument

This is the first in a series of six blogs as a tutorial to help practitioners in educational measurement develop, represent, and effectively communicate validity arguments to stakeholder audiences. This first blog explains how to address stakeholder concerns when developing and communicating your validity argument. Before planning how to develop and effectively communicate a validity argumentContinue reading Addressing Stakeholder Concerns in a Validity Argument

Join Our Team Turning Inventions into Impactful Innovations!

Planful Learning and Assessment is looking for a Data Scientist for a contract position. Our candidate will be collaborating with a small team with learning science, psychometric, design, and business expertise supporting development of the Phenomenation app.

Challenging Old Assessment Development in a New Assessment World

When assessing complex, multidimensional standards like Common Core Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), how can you cut costs of assessments, increase the quality of the assessment results, while improving convenience for states and districts? My answer is based on understanding the assessment industry is experiencing a strategic inflection point—fundamental changes in the businessContinue reading “Challenging Old Assessment Development in a New Assessment World”

A Principled Response to Our Inflection Point

Are you wondering how to respond to what seems to be an inflection point for the assessment industry? Nearly 20 years ago, Sam Messick and Bob Mislevy and colleagues were wondering the same thing.  They were anticipating an inflection point in the assessment industry—fundamental changes in the business environment that challenged conventional test development.  TheContinue reading “A Principled Response to Our Inflection Point”

Many a Slip ‘Twixt Invention and Innovation

A few years ago, I created The Innovation Factory to support learning and assessment organizations in turning good ideas into impactful innovations as measured by revenues, margin, and/or positive change in the lives of the individuals and communities. The Innovation Factory is a framework and a set of tools and processes to support organizations inContinue reading “Many a Slip ‘Twixt Invention and Innovation”