We partner with school districts to provide a wide range of services in support of the development and use of high-quality assessments. Our Professional Development workshops promote understanding of:
- The qualities of valid assessments
- Processes for quality test authoring and construction
We work under a cooperative arrangement, which we call a “managed collaborative” model. Our content developers work together on all projects and review each other’s work as a standard practice. Our developers are highly experienced—most have at least 10 years’ experience—and over the years we have come to recognize this as an ideal model for high quality item development.
Under our model, customers become partners with some of the most highly experienced and knowledgeable developers in the field.
We provide a wide range of services in support of high-quality content development, including:
- Custom Item Authoring/Editing, including Technology-Enhanced Items
- Item Banks
- Passage Authoring
- Style Editing
- Project Management
- Page Production
- Book Production for Committee Reviews
- Facilitation of Committee Meetings
- Data Entry
- Professional Development in Assessment
- Psychometric Expertise
A Typical Workflow
- Startup meeting and/or an initial review of specifications, sample items, and other requirements.
- Project manager generates item writing templates and assignments.
- Developer 1 writes initial items, preferably with on-going customer review and feedback.
- Developer 2 reviews the items.
- Style/Editorial reviews the items.
- Developers prepare items for delivery.
- Project Manager inventories the content and delivers the items to Customer for review.
- Customer returns items with review comments to Project Manager.
- Developers make revisions based on reviewer comments.
- Style/Editorial reviews revised items.
- Project Manager delivers items to Customer.
- Any remaining issues are resolved and items are entered into a data management system.
Teachers collaborate with our assessment experts to answer questions common to Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, including:
- Which tools are best suited to assessing student mastery of the established content standards?
- What are advantages and disadvantages of selected response, constructed response, and technology-enhanced item formats?
- Which assessment solution best meets teacher needs: teacher-written items, items custom developed by Total Assessment, or use of available item banks?
- What are best practices for constructing test forms?
- How can we design items that assess higher order thinking skills?
- How can constructive feedback by experienced developers improve the reliability of teacher-written assessments?
. . .and to answer questions specific to the content areas of Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, including:
- How can the use of precise language in Math assessments aid student achievement?
- How can the use of engaging but accessible passages in English Language Arts assessments aid student achievement?
- How can the use of clear and accessible graphics in Science assessments aid student achievement?
- How can the use of a variety of rich primary sources in Social Studies assessments aid student achievement?