AEM Releases Powerful Data Correlations for Interactive Achievement SGAs

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Strong Correlation found between Interactive Achievement’s Student Growth Assessments and Virginia SOL Tests

Having the ability to gauge the likelihood of students passing SOLs based on their IA SGA results is extremely valuable for districts and schools who have a lot riding on high-stakes summative testing.

Advanced Education Measurement recently released a new report and white paper that provide data analysis and support for the correlations between Interactive Achievement’s Virginia Student Growth Assessments (SGAs) and the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments typically taken by Virginia students at the end of the school year.

The Virginia SOLs are the state mandated summative tests and are important for the divisions as they are used to measure student achievement and school success. Educators need reliable information on the progress of students in the months leading up to the SOL tests. Interactive Achievement offers the SGAs for Math, Reading, History, and Science and recommends that schools administer them twice; once in the fall and once in the spring to identify student strengths as well as gaps in student knowledge.

Recently, Interactive Achievement partnered with AEM to better understand the connection between the SGAs and their corresponding SOLs. AEM released the full results of their study in a white paper available for public review at http://info2.interactiveachievement.com/Download-whitepaper-and-report-on-SGA-and-SOL-correlation-onTRAC.html. Interactive Achievement, in partnership with AEM, released a report that summarizes the findings in the AEM white paper and provides guidance for educators when interpreting individual student SGA results.

“The correlations with the SOL outcomes are statistically significant, averaging 0.75 and higher. Correlations above 0.70 are considered very high in the testing world. It is exciting for Virginia teachers to have a tool available that is such a strong indicator of SOL pass rates,” stated Dr. Bryan Shelly, President, Advanced Education Measurement.

“Interactive Achievement has worked to develop highly valid and reliable interim assessments for our Virginia clients. Having the ability to gauge the likelihood of students passing SOLs based on their IA SGA results is extremely valuable for districts and schools who have a lot riding on high-stakes summative testing, ” shared Dr. Sally I’Anson, Director of Professional Development at Interactive Achievement.

Download the whitepaper and report for more details about the strong data correlations here: http://interactiveachievement.com/assessment/student-growth-assessments/the-strong-correlation-between-interactive-achievements-sgas-and-sol-results/
About AEM
Advanced Education Measurement uses cutting-edge data science and statistical analysis to help educators, policymakers, and their partners improve student outcomes. AEM Founder Dr. Bryan Shelly is a Princeton-educated Ph.D. who uses his 15 years of education research experience to design peerless systems of program evaluation, on-track and early warning indicators, student and community engagement, and more. Please learn more about AEM at aemkids.com.

About Interactive Achievement
Interactive Achievement (IA) creates award-winning standards-based instructional improvement programs for school districts in the U.S. IA was founded in 2006 by educators in response to the need for better assessment and reporting tools that enable both students and teachers to achieve success. As a result, IA’s team is comprised of educators who create products that assist their peers in education in making data-driven decisions in the effort to raise student achievement in all academic areas. For more information, visit http://www.interactiveachievement.com.

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