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KIPP Partners with Measured Progress for Transition to Common Core State Standards:
COMMON CORE Assessment Content Prepares Teachers/Students for the New Standards
DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — October 23, 2013— The KIPP Foundation announced today that it has partnered with Measured Progress to provide assessment tools for the transition to the Common Core State Standards. The contract calls for Measured Progress to provide KIPP with COMMON CORE™ assessment content, which is designed to prepare students and teachers for the increased rigor of the new standards.
KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) is a national network of 141 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving over 50,000 students from underserved backgrounds in grades PreK-12. KIPP charter schools are publicly funded, independently operated schools that are granted more autonomy than traditional public schools in exchange for increased accountability. Given that high degree of accountability, the KIPP Foundation sought assessment tools that address the rigor of the Common Core State Standards—comprehensive mathematics and reading standards designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and careers.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Measured Progress as our schools transition to Common Core,” said Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation. “Our organizations share the mutual belief that all students can and will learn. By working together, we can set our students up to meet these new, rigorous standards and succeed in college and life.”
KIPP schools will have access to Measured Progress COMMON CORE assessment content to assist with the transition to the new standards. The content includes:
• Benchmarks–tests that can be administered four times a year to give teachers valuable feedback about students’ understanding of the Common Core, and
• Testlets–quizzes that cover key Common Core standards in reading and math.
Teachers may also build their own Common Core-aligned classroom tests and create computer-based assessments. These tools will give KIPP students a chance to practice on new items that mirror what they will see on the upcoming Common Core tests, while also providing teachers with the real-time feedback they need to personalize and adapt instruction.
Most states and territories have adopted the standards and are switching their instructional focus from existing state standards to the Common Core. In 2015 the majority of states also plan to transition their accountability testing programs to Common Core-based assessments.
Measured Progress COMMON CORE assessment content is designed to address the rigor of the new Common Core standards. The strong alignment between these tools and the demands of the new standards will give a leg up to districts and schools that choose Measured Progress COMMON CORE tools as part of their preparation for the shift to the Common Core.
“Our partnership with the KIPP Foundation is in line with our shared conviction that the Common Core movement will open the door to improved achievement for all students, regardless of their personal circumstances,” said Measured Progress President and CEO Martin Borg.
About Measured Progress
Measured Progress is a Dover, New Hampshire-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to student learning and improving instruction in the standards-based classroom. Since 1983, Measured Progress has successfully partnered with more than 30 states and hundreds of districts across the nation, as well as multi-state consortia, in support of assessment programs that affect millions of students. Measured Progress develops state-and district-level assessments and is the nation’s leading provider of alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities. As a not-for-profit organization, Measured Progress is deeply committed to its mission of helping educators improve student learning by connecting assessment, data, and instruction. For more information, visit measuredprogress.org.
KIPP – the Knowledge Is Power Program – is a national network of open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools. KIPP was founded in Houston, TX in 1994 by two Teach for America teachers, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin. Ninety-five percent of students enrolled in KIPP schools are African American or Hispanic/ Latino, and more than 85 percent are from low-income households. A 2013 report by independent research firm Mathematica showed that KIPP middle schools nationwide are producing positive, significant and substantial achievement gains for students across all grades in math, reading science, and social studies. To date, more than 80 percent of students who have graduated from KIPP middle schools have matriculated to college. To learn more, visit www.kipp.org