Assessment Development & Scoring
Over the past decade, we have developed a system to deliver high-quality, customized assessment solutions to customers who may have believed that such services were beyond their reach. Our approach is based on the belief that to be useful, assessment products must truly align with the educational goals and instructional targets of our customers. Our team of assessment professionals begins each effort by working directly with local leaders and educators to identify the purpose and content of the assessments, and to document the intended use of the assessment results. Specific assessment development activities begin only after clear targets have been established.
Once development begins, we follow a proven process to produce final tests that meet both local needs and professional standards for validity, reliability, and fairness. Ownership of the final assessments is transferred to the client so there are no continuing license fees to pay year after year.
Psychometric Analysis & Reporting
Our experienced psychometric staff can apply the latest equating and scaling analyses to enhance the usefulness and flexibility of the final assessment forms. The application of these techniques allows for enhanced test security and gives our clients the ability to conduct meaningful value-added analyses such as tracking student progress over time on a common scale, predicting future performance on state tests, and identifying strengths and weakness among the instructional staff. These innovative solutions to assessment issues cannot be achieved through the use of generic item banks.
Training & Professional Development
Strategic Measurement and Evaluation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting educators seeking to make critical connections between assessment data and student learning. Our expert staff, supplemented by a network of nationally-recognized trainers, regularly deliver high-quality professional development workshops focused on classroom and district-level assessment needs. Recent workshops have included intensive item development trainings, detailed item analysis trainings, and multi-day formative assessment trainings. All workshops are designed to engage adult learners and include extensive hands-on experiences.
We look forward to working with clients to customize existing workshops or create new content that will best meet client needs.
Educational Research & Evaluation
Strategic Measurement has a proven track record of designing and completing detailed program evaluations that generate key data to inform important decisions. Our design process begins by working directly with clients to identify and clarify the focus of an evaluation and to document key evaluation questions and data needs. We prefer to frame evaluation projects as a collaborative effort with our clients to ensure the final reports truly meet client needs.
Over the past decade, Strategic Measurement has developed customized surveys, interviews, and data collection procedures to support a range of evaluation projects. We look forward to sharing this experience and expertise with new clients.
The scanning center for Strategic Measurement and Evaluation, Inc. (SME) houses all the necessary hardware and software to complete the inventory, scanning, and image processing for student test materials. Combined, SME’s high-speed scanners have a rated capacity to scan over 500,000 pages in an operational scanning day.
The scanning process consists of a combination of clerical check-in and documentation checks, verification reporting, and follow-up processes at the school, district, and state level. SME has developed secure materials-processing procedures to ensure that test booklets and the processing boxes are kept secure throughout processing and storage. Material movement is constantly monitored by our team as materials are processed through the scanning site. Together, these events ensure 100% accounting of all materials received for scanning.