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CTB supports leading research that answers important theoretical and practical questions to advance the quality of measurement and learning practices.
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Vice President, Research - Leadership Team

Craig N. Mills, Ed.D. has continued to pursue his empirical research interests throughout his career. He is author of over 75 publications and professional presentations on standard setting for decision tests, computerized testing, and other measurement topics. He was a co-author of one of the first sets of guidelines for computer adaptive assessment, published by the American Council on Education.


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Psychometrics

Psychometrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and methodology of educational and psychological measurement.
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Comparison of Ability Estimation and Item Selection Methods in Multidimensional Adaptive Testing
This proposal is for a study to investigate ability estimation and item selection methods in multidimensional adaptive testing.
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Online Assessment

Online assessments were once limited to computers connected to a network, but now can be administered on a multitude of electronic devices.
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Developing Innovative Online Performance Task Types To Assess Language Proficiency For Success In 21st Century Content Learning
How to help ELLs to achieve academic success while they are also acquiring English as a second language has become an increasingly important issue on the U.S. K-12 educational agenda. Meanwhile, the concept of literacy is changing in the 21st century with advances of technology, so is the way of learning and working. These changes pose challenges to traditional paper-and-pencil testing practices.
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Test Development

Valid and reliable assessments result from the application of systematic development efforts by both content experts and psychometricians.
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A Guide for Effective Assessment
We provide information that serves as a starting point and as a continuing reference for school board members, educators, and policy leaders for guidance.
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Students with Disabilities

Valid and reliable measurement of students with disabilities requires special consideration during test development and administration.
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Inclusive Test Administration
CTB/McGraw-Hill understands the need to include all students in large-scale testing programs as part of the educational process.
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Formative and Benchmark Assessment

Formative and benchmark assessments are administered throughout the school year.
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The Efficacy of the Acuity Predictive Assessment Research Design: A Review of Empirical Data Studies
Interested in learning more about Acuity Predictive Assessments? Let CTB help you review the data surrounding Acuity assessments today.
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National Policy

Federal educational policy has far-reaching impacts on educational measurement and state accountability systems.
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Thoughts on Test Security
The innovations associated with the Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top, as well as the impending re-authorization of ESEA, promise to challenge the K–12 testing industry as never before. As the stakes associated with assessments increase, the security must also increase.
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International Testing

The educational worldview has widened; nations are interested in knowing how well their educational systems support student achievement compared to other nations.
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Automated Essay Scoring in the Chinese Classroom
As automated essay scoring (AES) and formative assessment are beginning to be implemented in Chinese schools, research continues in an effort to understand and expand the practice.
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English Language Learners

Students who are English Language Learners may have lower ability to achieve in various academic areas because of language access barriers.
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Developing Innovative Online Performance Task Types To Assess Language Proficiency For Success In 21st Century Content Learning
How to help ELLs to achieve academic success while they are also acquiring English as a second language has become an increasingly important issue on the U.S. K-12 educational agenda. Meanwhile, the concept of literacy is changing in the 21st century with advances of technology, so is the way of learning and working. These changes pose challenges to traditional paper-and-pencil testing practices.
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Marketing: Case Studies & Overviews

Our metrics-driven case studies share our customers' experiences with our solutions.
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Customer Story - Jefferson County Public Schools, Golden, Colorado
"Acuity has proven to be highly predictive of our state assessment. As a result, we no longer have to wait to get our state test results back to determine student strengths or areas of need, or to plan professional development."
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Craig N. Mills, Ed.D.

Craig N. Mills, Ed.D. has continued to pursue his empirical research interests throughout his career. He is author of over 75 publications and professional presentations on standard setting for decision tests, computerized testing, and other measurement topics. He was a co-author of one of the first sets of guidelines for computer adaptive assessment, published by the American Council on Education.

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