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MCIEA Fact Sheet 

A quick synopsis of MCIEA and our work with Massachusetts educators over the last year.

Student Survey-based Measures of School Quality by Michael P. Kelly, Richard Feistman, Jack Schneider, and James Noonan

This report explores whether seven of twelve student perception measures of school quality are reliable and unidimensional based on 2016 pilot data. In light of that analysis, the report also proposes suggestions for the continued improvement of those measures.

MCIEA Press Release, March 3, 2017

Six Massachusetts Districts Launch Consortium to bring Alternative Measures to Schools: Senator Patricia Jehlen hosts legislative briefing to introduce the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA), a partnership creating a new approach to student assessment and school accountability.

Why Multiple Measures? by Jack Schneider

This white paper discusses how existing accountability systems are not measuring all of what matters in public education, and they are holding schools accountable for only a narrow slice of their full mission. Multiple measures can ameliorate many of the most obvious flaws in present measurement and accountability systems by expanding the number of school quality indicators.

Beyond Test Scores: Introducing the MCIEA School Quality Measures by James Noonan

What makes a good school? The MCIEA School Quality Measures project considers what each unique school community brings to the table by considering multiple measures of school quality, rather than creating a rigid, zero-sum standard.

MCIEA Presentation from the Massachusetts Legislative Briefing on January 30,2017

The 2017 MCIEA Legislative Briefing introduced the consortium to Massachusetts state legislators and the community at large for the first time. Read the slides from the briefing here.

MCIEA Overview Brochure: Our vision, principles, goals, & work

This four-page flyer gives a comprehensive look at MCIEA's vision, principles, and goals. Learn how MCIEA is making change in Massachusetts public schools through Quality Performance Assessment and the School Quality Measures Framework.

MASS/MASC Conference Presentation on MCIEA

This presentation from MASS/MASC 2016 defines the challenges facing Massachusetts students, and how MCIEA will work to create better opportunities for all children in the state.

Attleboro Public School's MCIEA Webpage

Attleboro Public Schools is one of the MCIEA member districts. Learn how the district is making strides to bring quality performance assessments and 21st century schools to students.


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Accountability Systems


In Search of a Better Accountability System
by Dan French

Through more than 20 years of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), we have lived with a uniform definition of accountability, that of a standardized test used to make determinations of student learning and school and district progress. It is time to question some of the assumptions underlying this practice.

The Best of Both Worlds by Jack Schneider, Joe Feldman, and Dan French

Relying on teachers’ assessments for the information currently provided by standardized test scores would save instructional time, better capture the true abilities of diverse students, and reduce the problem of teaching to the test. The article offers guidelines and caveats to those interested in pursuing this work.

Creating Systems of Assessment for Deeper Learning by David Conley and Linda Darling-Hammond

This report describes how state policymakers and education leaders can strategically design systems of assessment and accountability in ways that support learning for students, educators, and systems, alike. Drawing on research and successful practices in the United States and abroad, the report offers a blueprint for new systems of assessment that are able to support the development of deeper learning skills, to generate instructionally useful diagnostic information, and to provide insights about a wider range of student capacities.


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Performance Assessment


Teacher Learning Through Assessment: How Student Performance Assessments Can Support Teacher Learning
by Linda Darling-Hammond and Beverly Falk

This paper describes how teacher learning through involvement with student-performance assessments has been accomplished in the United States and around the world, particularly in countries that have been recognized for their high-performing educational systems. The authors discuss how teachers' engagement with performance assessments influences their understanding of the standards and their students' abilities.

Quality Performance Assessment Tools and Resources

Performance assessment is a rich field and ample resources are available to guide our collective thinking and practice. Quality Performance Assessment tools are available for download; Access to this content is complimentary, but you will be asked to register.

New York Performance Standards Consortium

The Consortium is a coalition of high schools across New York State which have pioneered the creation of educational communities synonymous with active student learning, exemplary professional development and innovative curriculum and teaching strategies for 21st century students.

New Hampshire's Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE)

NH PACE is a first-in-the-nation accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing together with locally developed common performance assessments. These assessments are designed to support deeper learning through competency education, and to be more integrated into students’ day-to-day work than current standardized tests.

Ready for the Future: The Role of Performance Assessments in Shaping Graduates’ Academic, Professional, and Personal Lives by Laurie Gagnon

Based on in-depth interviews with graduates from three Boston Public Schools with well-established performance-based assessment systems, this paper analyzes graduates’ preparation for future academic, professional, and personal endeavors. Overall, despite a few challenge areas, graduates who were interviewed say the study schools’ performance assessment systems contributed to their success in college and in the world of work.

Including Performance Assessments in Accountability Systems by Rosann Tung

This literature and field review offers a comprehensive understanding of previous efforts at scaling up the use of performance assessments across districts and states. Through systematic description and comparison of seven large-scale initiatives, the report identifies the strengths and vulnerabilities in each initiative. The review concludes with implications and recommendations that will support the success of using performance assessments in district and state accountability systems.

Quality Performance Assessment: Harnessing the Power of Teacher and Student Learning by Christina Brown and Pascale Mevs

This paper examines the characteristics of quality performance assessments through the lens of three stories from Quality Performance Assessment Network Schools.

How Pilot Schools Authentically Assess Student Mastery by the Center for Collaborative Education

This report documents how member schools of the Boston Pilot Schools Network use authentic assessments to understand what their students know and can do.

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School Quality Measures


MCIEA School Quality Measures Reliability Analyses: Results from the 2016 - 2017 Student and Teacher Surveys by Edward J. Kim

This brief white paper explores the reliability of the SQM survey scales and how these findings have impacted the SQM student and teacher surveys moving forward. 

Building a Better Measure of School Quality 
by Jack Schneider, Rebecca Jacobsen, Rachel White, and Hunter Gehlbach

This article reviews the development of the school quality framework used by MCIEA and explores how it can give parents and community members a fuller and more nuanced picture of schools.

Visions of Education Podcast: Measuring School Quality with Jack Schneider

In this episode of the Visions of Education podcast, hosts Michael and Dan discuss measuring school quality with Jack Schneider, Director of Research for MCIEA.

The (Mis)measure of Schools: How Data Affect Stakeholder Knowledge and Perceptions of Quality by Jack Schneider, Rebecca Jacobsen, Rachel White, and Hunter Gehlbach

Researchers conducted a randomized experiment, using a modified deliberative polling experience to test how parents and community members would respond to a broader array of school performance data. This article examines the influence of test scores and more holistic measures of school quality in shaping public understandings of familiar and unfamiliar schools.

Measuring School Quality Beyond Test Scores: Final Reports for Year 1 and 2 by Jack Schneider and Doug Gagnon

These reports document the development, field testing, and validation of a new measure of school quality in Somerville Public Schools—one that goes beyond test scores to capture a fuller range of outcomes and better reflect the work being done inside the schools.