AEM will provide PowerSchool Assessment with its most comprehensive, sophisticated analysis of test item quality to date. As "the #1 education technology platform for K-12, serving more than 57 million users in more than 70 countries around the world," PowerSchool Assessment annually administers over 60,000 items to millions of children. AEM will provide industry best practice analysis of all multiple choice items in Power School's item bank and on its Student Growth Assessments, including all relevant classical test theory, item response theory, and differential item functioning statistics.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Prior to forming AEM, Bryan worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as part of Harvard University's Strategic Data Project. He helped start and led CMSD's performance management program that set tangible goals for all district functions, led data-driven efforts to improve staff attendance that saved the district over 1 million dollars, and set thresholds for bonus payments for 3,000 teachers.
AEM is fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with Interactive Achievement. IA "provides the leading tools and professional learning to harness the power of data" for over 2,000 schools in seven states. In February 2015, AEM released a white paper that presented results of statistical analyses that found that educators can use IA's Student Growth Exams to predict performance on Virginia's year-end assessments with a high degree of accuracy.
National Student Clearinghouse
AEM will provide analysis and support to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in the preparation of its 2016 High School Benchmarks Report. Released annually, the Benchmarks Report is the nation's leading source of information on "on high school graduates’ college access, persistence, and completion outcomes, including completions in STEM fields." AEM will analyze data to help the NSC identify the most important trends in high school to college transition and advise on the creation of alternate versions of the report
Bricks 4 Kids
AEM recently completed the first-ever, large-scale national program evaluation of Bricks 4 Kidz. B4K uses Legos to teach math skills in school and after-school settings in over 500 worldwide locations. AEM used a pre-post test design administered to 702 children in 6 different B4K locations. In March 2016, AEM released a white paper that reported findings that students enrolled in B4K in-school workshops and after-school programs performed better on post-test measures of targeted learning concepts.
5 Star Students
AEM and 5-Star Students have joined forces to make the Survey of Student Engagement (SSE) available to schools everywhere. The SSE employs ten questions, is administered 2-3 times per year, and provides reliable data on student attitudes towards themselves, their school, and their future. Combined with 5-Star's cutting-edge technology that measures participation in student activities, the SSE helps school understand the impact student activities have on student attitudes.