Entries by 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 […]

Psychometrics in the NCCA Annual Report

Background of the NCCA Annual Report As a way of ensuring that accredited certification programs continue to provide high-quality certifications, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) requires the submission of an NCCA annual report.  The report includes operational information, but also statistics regarding the psychometric performance of your exams.  Psychometrics remains a black box to […]

Assessment Systems to Speak at Adaptive Testing Summit

The International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT, www.iacat.org) will hold a research summit this year in Princeton, NJ.  Hosted by Educational Testing Service, the summit will bring together researchers on the advanced psychometric algorithms that form the foundation of adaptive testing. Nathan Thompson, PhD, Vice President of Client Services and Psychometrics, has been invited […]

San Francisco Schools Implement Adaptive Testing

The San Francisco Examiner has published a highly cogent article, written by the superintendent of schools, on the use of computerized adaptive testing from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  This involves moving away from the old standby of paper and pencil, which dates back 100 years, and utilizing technology in assessment.  Why not?  Students use […]

Certification… Certificate… Accreditation

Certification… Certificate… Accreditation These three terms might seem similar, but mean very different things. The Institute for Credentialing Excellence, which is the association of certification associations and therefore the leader in the field, defines the first two thusly.  Accreditation is something that is applied to a Certificate or Certification.  Note that a Certificate is based […]

Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT), the Future of K-12 Assessments

 Are states prepared?   Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) has been in the news for quite some time as a technology being adopted at the state, and district level to improve the academic assessment performance for K-12 students. Legislation such as NCLB, and a push for a common-core standard have put pressure on many states to […]