edCount helps state and local clients develop, improve, and document policies surrounding assessment implementation and administration. We assist state-level clients prepare and respond to the federal peer review process for general and alternate assessments under Title I of ESEA. We can conduct studies to collect necessary evaluation information for this purpose, or review completed packages for states to ensure they are compliant prior to being sent to the U.S. Department of Education.
Technical Advisory Committees: Convening, Facilitating, and Participating
edCount has convened assessment technical advisory committees (TACs) for the Puerto Rico Department of Education and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. In addition, edCount’s CEO and Chief Scientist, Ellen Forte, Ph.D., is a veteran TAC member, currently serving on seven annual and semi-annual TACs.
TACs are committees of nationally-renowned measurement experts who meet regularly to provide feedback and guidance to partners about how to improve and implement their assessment systems. edCount facilitates these meetings by helping set the agenda and preparing background material for the experts, and helps the partners decide how they will respond to feedback and guidance following each meeting.
edCount’s CEO and Chief Scientist, Ellen Forte, Ph.D., also provides expert technical and policy guidance to numerous state education agencies (SEAs) and education companies as a TAC member. Currently, she participates in TACs regarding psychometrics and education policy and practice for the state education agencies (SEAs) of Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming. She also serves on the TACs of Project Lead the Way, Curriculum Associates, and ACT, Inc.
Reviewing and Documenting Accommodation Policies
edCount reviewed the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s (PRDE) implementation of its accommodation policy to ensure that all students who take the island’s general assessment (the PPAA) have the best opportunity to demonstrate what they know and can do.
edCount researchers conducted reviews in more than 40 schools to evaluate 1) alignment between students’ instructional accommodations with their assessment accommodations, and 2) alignment between the accommodations students are assigned for assessments, and the accommodations students actually receive. edCount conducted a literature review about the use and effectiveness of certain accommodations for students with disabilities and language minority students, and compared PRDE’s uses of accommodations with uses by other state education agencies.