Pacific Metrics Supports the Establishment of Performance Standards for ELPA21

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Pacific Metrics, an ACT Assessment Technologies Company, offers products and services that include world-renowned psychometric research, robust online testing systems, automated scoring, comprehensive reporting, computer adaptive testing, and technologically advanced content development platforms and services.

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The teachers' commitment to students and deep subject matter expertise was obvious to anyone listening to their dynamic discussions as they made content-based cut score recommendations at the July in-person workshop.

Pacific Metrics™, a leading provider of assessment technology solutions, contracted with the ELPA21 (English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century) consortium of ten states to provide expertise and psychometric services in support of standard setting activities that were conducted during the spring and summer of this year.

The ELPA21 Consortium, led by the Oregon Department of Education and managed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), designed and developed an online assessment system for English language learners that is designed to be engaging and interactive and includes innovative questions that reflect real-world scenarios.

Pacific Metrics worked with the ELPA21 Consortium, their designated English Learner Expert Advisory Panel, and hundreds of EL educators from the ELPA21 member-states to conduct a Contrasting Groups Study and an in-person Bookmark Standard Setting workshop to establish valid cut scores in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking and to establish rules associated with students’ overall Proficiency Determination to support student growth, accountability, and program decisions.

“It’s not often that you get a chance to work on a standard setting initiative that supports so many states and their students,” states Dr. Daniel Lewis, Principal Research Scientist of Pacific Metrics. “The teachers' commitment to students and deep subject matter expertise was obvious to anyone listening to their dynamic discussions as they made content-based cut score recommendations at the July in-person workshop.”

Pacific Metrics is dedicated to technological innovation and usage of actionable data to assist in student success. The company is well known for its psychometric expertise as well as its industry-leading, web-based educational platforms and programs. For more information about Pacific Metrics, please email info(at)pacificmetrics.com or call (831) 646-6403.

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Pacific Metrics, an ACT Assessment Technologies Company, provides leading-edge, research-based education assessment solutions and services. With the best minds and expertise in the industry, they continue to pursue advancements in education technology and to navigate tomorrow’s challenges today.

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Media Contact: Patrick Kuhl
Pacific Metrics Corp. pkuhl(at)pacificmetrics.com 831.383.5475

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