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Measurement Moments – Part 12: Gaming and Assessment

In August 2015, I attended a National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) conference on gaming, simulations, and assessment. However, this is not necessarily as new a topic as one might think. In 1998, Dr. Joy McLarty and I...

The Cursive Question

As we learned from Dr. Tim Vansickle’s latest blog post, “Measured Moments, Part 11,” the Common Core State Standards do not require that students learn to write in cursive, or long hand. Replaced by keyboarding, the act of putting pen to paper and writing in script...

Measurement Moments – Part 11

Back when I was in grade school, students spent a great amount of time learning to write in “long hand,” or cursive. It was a required, preferred method of communication in school, yet now it has become more of a rare art form than a necessary skill. The Common Core...

Measurement Moments – Part 10

Many people have never heard of the term psychometrics, even though it has become more well-known since the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, which brought the term into the public consciousness. In spite of that a New York Times article from 2006 stated that...

“Hand” Selecting “Hand” Scorers

I started at Questar as a scorer several years ago, and I feel a sense of pride in how Questar has always hand-selected seasonal scoring staff, who remain loyal, dedicated, and reliable in a world that has gone test crazy. Now, as the manager of handscoring at...

Measurement Moments – Part 9

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, computer technology was becoming more accessible to larger numbers of people. Specifically, the personal computer was making inroads into the world of education and assessment, which led to many discussions about the impact of...