Archive for June, 2013

Survey: Technology Roadmap for Education

June 12, 2013

To whom it may concern:

The methods and techniques used in measuring reading ability in education have evolved as the practical advantages of mathematical modeling and advanced computational resources have become more widely implemented. Tests and assessments have become more complex and resources have shifted from analog atoms to digital bytes, as they have in so many other areas of life. However, not much information is available about what methods are being used, how fast new methods are coming online, or on what the associated costs are. To begin to formulate some answers to questions like these, MetaMetrics, Inc. has sponsored a “Technology Roadmap for Education” survey.

This survey was developed on the basis of ideas presented in 2011 at a meeting of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) in Jena, Germany, and in 2013 at the National Council on Measurement in Education annual meeting in San Francisco, California. The survey items are suggested by Table 1 in the paper available at http://www.db-thueringen.de/servlets/DerivateServlet/Derivate-24493/ilm1-2011imeko-018.pdf.

We welcome comments and feedback.

This survey is sponsored by MetaMetrics, Inc., which is solely responsible for its content. MetaMetrics is a research firm in the education industry; it could be perceived that there is a conflict of interest in their support of this research, as its business interests would be served by knowledge of the results.  To level the playing field, information collected will be summarized in a publicly available report which can be used to guide future research and development in other companies and organizations, in addition to MetaMetrics.

The survey data are not individually identifiable, but all responses will be treated as confidential and will be reported only in aggregate form.

This study has been reviewed  by the MetaMetrics IRB, which determined that this project does not constitute “research with human subjects” as defined under federal regulations because the data will not be individually identifiable [45 CFR 46.102(f)].

The survey is in English, and should take approximately 20-40 minutes. Click here to take the survey, or cut and paste this web address:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechRoadMapEducation .

We would particularly like to hear from anyone who:

  • ·  has extensive experience managing educational testing and measurement projects; and
  • ·  has detailed knowledge of past and present educational measurement item development costs and technologies.

Please complete the survey by June 30, as we intend to submit a summary of the results by July 22 for presentation at the 2014 AERA meeting in Philadelphia.  If you would like a complimentary report summarizing the survey findings, please let me know. All responses are confidential.

Collegial regards,

William P. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.

LivingCapitalMetrics.com

Consultant to MetaMetrics, Inc.

wfisher@livingcapitalmetrics.com

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