Entries by Nathan Thompson, PhD

Interpreting IRT cutscores

Some time ago, I received this question regarding interpreting IRT cutscores (item response theory): In my examination system, we are currently labeling ‘FAIL’ for student’s mark with below 50% and ‘PASS’ for 50% and above.  I found that this amazing Xcalibre software can classify students’ achievement in 2 groups based on scores.  But, when I […]

Minnetonka named top city for entrepreneurs

Assessment Systems is located in Minnetonka, MN, just outside Minneapolis.  Our location provides many advantages, including a highly skilled tech workforce, the benefits of being near Minneapolis without having to be in it, connections to the University of Minnesota, and being in the center of the surprisingly large cluster of the assessment industry located in Minnesota. […]

2015 Annual Meeting: 20/20 Vision

Assessment Systems held its 2015 annual meeting on August 27, supported by the theme of 20/20 vision.  Presentations included: Our story and our vision for the future – Dave Saben (VP of Growth) and Terry Ausman (VP of Client Services) Collaborative company resume – Cassandra Bettenberg (Account Manager) Where are we? – Nathan Thompson, PhD […]

Test Fraud in Minnesota Schools

Local Newspaper Discusses Test Fraud The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently published an article on instances of test fraud and security breaches experienced in K-12 assessments in the State of Minnesota (where Assessment Systems is located).  The article does a good job at explaining some of the issues:   The root issue is that the […]

Interested in EdTech? Visit these EdTech conferences.

EdSurge (http://www.edsurge.com) has compiled a list of EdTech conferences, complete with a fun infographic.  It includes big ones like Maker Fair, SXSWEDU, and ISTE, as well as smaller or more regional conferences.   I appreciate all the time that EdSurge put into this.  I’m also interested in their endeavor to update their EdTech Index, since […]

Educelerate: Current Themes in Educational Assessment

Last night, I had the honor to sit on a panel discussing Current Themes in Educational Assessment at an Educelerate event.  Educelerate “is a networking forum for people who are passionate about promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in education – particularly through the use of technology.”  It is a national network, and the Twin Cities has an […]