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?”

Effectively Communicating a Complex Validity Argument

In our last blog, we explained how to use a graph and an outline to develop and represent a validity argument for the interpretation and use of scores from the AP World History test. But a validity argument by itself is going to be difficult to understand in either graph or outline form. In thisContinue reading Effectively Communicating a Complex 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

Yes, You Can Have Cheap, Plentiful, High-Quality Science Tasks

My back-of -the-napkin calculation shows Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned, phenomena-driven, science tasks cost $20,000 to develop when teachers, struggling to understand the three-dimensional nature of the NGSS and how to implement the standards in classrooms, are asked to brainstorm phenomena and questions. Do you want to create a science task for a fraction ofContinue reading Yes, You Can Have Cheap, Plentiful, High-Quality Science Tasks

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”

What is The Innovation Factory?

In my last blog, I promised to share details about The Innovation Factory in a future blog.  A friend asked me to share details sooner rather than later. As the saying goes, the future is now. I had planned to publish “What is Principled in Principled Assessment Design” today. But all those PAD nerds (bothContinue reading “What is The Innovation Factory?”