Assessment Technologies

At Measurement Incorporated, we can extend to our clients a range of assessment technologies that will cater to their unique needs. In addition to the performance assessment scoring techniques for which we are highly respected industry wide, we offer scoring services that include online and automated scoring technologies.

Perpetually researching and developing new technologies, we enhance our ability to provide rapid turnaround of reliable assessment results. These computer and online-based scoring technologies include Online Testing and Automated Essay Scoring.

Online Testing

Measurement Incorporated Secure Testing (MIST™)

MI has proven, robust online testing technologies already operational, having been used by over a million students in thousands of schools. We have devoted considerable time and resources over the past ten years studying and building the corporate technology capabilities necessary to support the high-volume demand of online testing. The MIST system is the ideal solution to this requirement, having been successfully used in several high-profile statewide assessments. MIST is a secure Web-based solution, avoiding excessive software installations and maintenance on individual computers. Furthermore, MIST is browser and platform independent and interoperable with open-source situations such as Linux. MIST includes a proctor function that gives the teacher (with proper authority) complete control of validating the students, controlling test administration and timing, providing security, and handling exceptions. The MIST test engine is designed to deliver a wide variety of multiple-choice and open-ended formats over the Internet. The system permits ease of test item import, including the use of multiple languages, special characters as in the case of math items, and pop-up windows or split screens for such support materials as reading passages.

Automated Essay Scoring

Project Essay Grade (PEG™)

Since its acquisition of the legacy PEG system from Dr. Ellis Batten Page and his associates in 2002, MI has been an active force in AI scoring, also known as automated essay scoring. PEG is the industry's most researched AI system and has been used by MI to provide over two million scores to students over the past five years. PEG is currently being used by one state as the sole scoring method on the state summative writing assessment, and we have conducted pilot studies with three other states. In addition, PEG is currently being used in 1,000 schools and 3,000 public libraries as a formative assessment tool. Using advanced, proven statistical techniques, PEG analyzes written prose, calculates more than 300 measures that reflect the intrinsic characteristics of writing (fluency, diction, grammar, construction, etc.), and achieves results that are comparable to the human scorers in terms of reliability and validity.