The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners

edCount president Dr. Ellen Forte and a team of edCount associates co-authored this comprehensive manual about serving English learners, released…

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Dr. Elizabeth Summers accepts position as Executive Vice President

Dr. Elizabeth Summers HeadshotIn 2009, Dr. Elizabeth Summers (formerly Towles-Reeves), joined edCount as a Research Associate. Since then, she has led and assisted numerous local, regional, and national studies of general and alternate assessment systems, and served as coordinator or manager of various projects to improve, design, or redesign assessment systems. Her work has played a pivotal role in the development and evaluation of alternate assessment systems around the country.  Dr. Summers is currently the Project Director for multiple projects, including SCILLSS, a federally-funded, multi-state initiative to establish foundational resources aligned to the NGSS for enhanced science assessment systems. She also directs edCount’s work on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – Alternate Assessment, overseeing the assessment design, development, field testing, and the creation of content modules for educators. This new role is a recognition of Dr. Summers’ eight years of exceptional scholarly work at edCount – including development of project instruments, publication of peer-reviewed papers, and delivery of conference presentations -- and her leadership within the company – including project management, management of grants and contracts, and oversight of partnerships. In her new role, while continuing to manage multiple projects, Dr. Summers will assume a broader corporate leadership role, helping to shape edCount’s growth and development over the coming years. Congratulations, Liz! 

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Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) Award for Strenthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large-scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS) Project

edCount is collaborating with lead state, Nebraska, and two other states (Montana, and Wyoming) and three partner organizations (ACS Ventures, SRI International, and PIRE, Inc.) on the Strengthening Claims-based Interpretations and Uses of Local and Large–scale Science Assessment Scores (SCILLSS) project, one of two recently funded Enhanced Assessment Grants (EAG). This project will develop a comprehensive assessment approach that clarifies and strengthens the connection between statewide assessments, local assessments, and classroom instruction. Through the SCILLSS project, we are developing tools and resources that focus efforts on restructuring and re-engineering both large-scale and local science assessments to ensure standards alignment, support system coherence, and to yield scores with more meaningful information. This project will have cross-state applicability and generalizability beyond the states engaged in the project. Key facets, including tools and resources, of the state-specific work completed through this project will be adaptable to other states’ contexts and sustainable beyond the life of the project. These tools and resources will be available on the SCILLSS website going live in late Fall, 2017.

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edCount Conducting Workshop on Applications of an Alignment Evaluation Framework at the Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference on October 18-20, 2017

Based on Dr. Ellen Forte’s publications on the topic of alignment evaluation (e.g., 2013, 2017), this workshop will provide participants with solid grounding in alignment evaluation methods for standards-based assessments within the contexts of principled-design assessment development, the United States Department of Education’s federal peer review requirements, and the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 2014). Participants will break into groups for an activity in which they consider an alignment plan and conduct ratings of standards, claims, Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs), task models, blueprints, and items. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of communication strategies in terms of reports and questions from stakeholders, including the media, parents, and technical advisory committees. To learn more about this conference, click here