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Video Series

Explore our ongoing video series that showcases the latest innovations in Next-Generation Assessments.

Spotlight on Assessment experts

In our video library, you can watch Pearson professionals shed light on topics such as innovative items, gaming, automated scoring, and universal design.

 

Innovative Item – English Language Arts







Gaming In Assessment

Katie McClarty, Director, Center for College & Career Success

How do we enhance assessments to capture predictors of success in the 21st century? This video examines the opportunity to use students' daily gaming activities to evaluate achievement and progress as they prepare for college and beyond.

 


Innovative Item – English Language Arts
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Innovative Item – English Language Arts

Bob Dolan, Sr. Research Scientist

How do we measure students’ ability to make meaning and draw inferences from the text they read? This video examines a prototype test item that evaluates the type of reading comprehension skills emphasized in the Common Core English Language Arts standards.

 


Innovations in Automated Scoring
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Innovations in Automated Scoring

Karen Lochbaum, VP Technology Services

How do we keep up with scoring the numerous types and growing volume of constructed responses for the assessment of 21st Century skills? This video discusses the critical role that automated scoring plays in evaluating next generation assessments across states and districts.

 


Innovative Item - Science Sorting
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Innovative Item - Science Sorting

Bob Dolan, Sr. Research Scientist

How do we measure whether students can apply their scientific knowledge to solve real world problems? This video includes a prototype test item we’re developing that measures not only students’ basic understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, but their ability to use basic laboratory instruments and processes to apply this understanding.

 


Applying Universal Design to Innovative Items
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Applying Universal Design to Innovative Items

Bob Dolan, Sr. Research Scientist

The demand for accurate and fair assessments has never been greater. In this video we describe the need to apply the tenets of universal design from a dynamic, student-centric approach, in order to test a wider range of students, fairly and accurately. And by doing so, we can keep pace with innovations in instruction that provide students with flexible, individualized learning opportunities.

 


Click to view Math: Function Graph: Bacteria
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Math: Function Graph: Bacteria

Bob Dolan, Sr. Research Scientist

How do we know whether students really understand what equations and graphs represent, and whether they can apply this understanding in real world situations? This video includes a prototype test item we’re developing that evaluates not only students’ algebraic skills, but their ability to apply these skills to describe a biological process.

 


The Power of Technology to Improve Assessment: The Water Cycle
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The Power of Technology to Improve Assessment: The Water Cycle

Jon Twing, Executive Vice President & Chief Measurement Officer

In this video we demonstrate one way Pearson is using technology to improve teaching and personalize learning. Through the use of a water cycle example we illustrate the power of technology to engage students through an interactive environment.

 


Measuring Student Growth
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Measuring Student Growth

Kimberly O'Malley, Senior Vice President, Research and Development

The college and career readiness reforms are driving changes in the ways in which the nation uses student test data. In this video we define, compare and contrast the terms: student growth, value-added models, and teacher effectiveness, the terms most often confused.

 


Authentic Uses of Modern Media in Assessment
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Authentic Uses of Modern Media in Assessment

Randy Craighead, Sr. Content Specialist

Next generation assessments need to measure a broader range of English-language arts skills including speaking, listening and research skills. In this video we demonstrate a computer-enhanced item which includes audio, animation, and text, to show the power of technology in measuring what a student knows and can do.