• Core Services

    Test Administration 

    • Test Administration for ES/MS
    • Test Administration for HS


    Description 

    Oversee and monitor national, state, and county assessments, providing resources, professional development, and ongoing support to schools and offices

    Major Responsibilities 

    • Work closely with School Test Coordinators (STC) to ensure that all testing procedures are followed and appropriate test security measures are implemented 
    • Provide information and training to better prepare staff for test administration and testing issues
    • Attend Local Accountability (LAC) meetings organized by MSDE in an effort to collect and disseminate information pertinent to the county


    Internal Assessment 

    Description 

    Develop fair, reliable, and valid assessments that measure student learning and provide consultations, professional development, and related assessment services including oversight of the online, paper test, and scanning platform used by the district (Performance Matters) 

    Major Responsibilities

    • Support the printing, scanning, distribution, and online test administration of internal assessments 
    • Support Curriculum & Instruction and other central offices with Benchmark, Student Learning Objectives (SLO), and testing for non-accredited students
    • Support the production of locally developed tests to determine student achievement in the areas tested by state assessments

    Data Management

    Description 

    Provide data and analyses that describe student learning to inform decisions as well as produce, send, and receive student data files with outside agencies 

    Major Responsibilities

    • Support schools and offices by providing testing related data services including online tools for data capture/reporting 
    • Collaborate with IT to prepare the test data sections for the year end high school completer file.
    • Prepare student barcode labels for test book or scan sheets, Home Reports
    • Submit pre-test and post-test files, validate score files and format and submit score data to Performance Matters and Data Warehouse
    • Support schools, central office and non-PGCPS clients with ad-hoc data requests and student performance reporting and statistical analysis services


    Research and Evaluation: Program Evaluation Services

    Description 

    Conduct valid and reliable program evaluations that focus on outcomes and/or processes through the application of established research methods

    Major Responsibilities

    • Conduct and manage implementation and outcome studies to determine the extent to which programs have been implemented as prescribed and/or have produced the desired outcomes


    Research and Evaluation: Research Services

    Description 

    Conduct research, stakeholder surveys, meta analyses, and literature reviews of pertinent educational issues in accordance with the needs of the system

    Major Responsibilities

    • Provide technical assistance on research designs, statistical analyses, and research methods to other offices and departments within the school system


    Research and Evaluation: Third Party Research Approval

    Description 

    Review all proposals for research not sponsored by the district to ensure that the rights, privacy, and welfare of any student, parent, or staff involved in research are protected

    Major Responsibilities

    • Serve as the school system’s Institutional Review Board for both in-house and third-party research
    • Provide oversight of the authorization process which includes a detailed review of the proposed study design to assure conformance with the policies and procedures for research in our school system.