High quality educational assessments play a key role in ensuring that the U.S. remains competitive in today’s globally interconnected world by helping address critical questions such as which children are ready for the next grade, how well their teachers are performing, how entire schools and districts are performing, as well as whether students are prepared for college and careers.
But how can we be sure that the data generated by educational assessments are accurate and informative? When assessment results are used to make potentially life-changing decisions about students, teachers, and school systems, we must be able to trust the information they provide.
HumRRO has a well-established reputation for our technical rigor and objective perspective, making us the vendor of choice for conducting comprehensive quality assurance (QA) efforts. As a prime example, for over 15 years, HumRRO served as the primary QA lead for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — the only nationwide assessment of what American students know and can do in a variety of subject areas. NAEP scores are considered the “gold standard” against which states compare their own assessments.
Over two dozen states have trusted us to evaluate the quality of their assessments, to verify scores, or to ensure that test content accurately reflects educational benchmarks. We conduct psychometric processing for approximately 150 tests annually, impacting over 15 million students each year. In aggregate form, these assessment data inform teacher performance evaluations, educational curriculum and instruction design efforts, school-level needs, and, ultimately, student learning.