Our Philosophy

An item, task, assessment or assessment system is only as good as the process by which it is created. As Georgia’s leading educational testing and measurement organization, the Georgia Center for Assessment (GCA) has vast experience in the process for item development, creating items for state educational assessments as well as partnering with schools and districts to meet their assessment needs. GCA understands that educators, students, and parents rely on assessments to provide information that supports teachers’ efforts to increase student learning and achievement. We demonstrate this understanding by developing assessment items and assessments that engage students and provide accurate results for educators. Our experience, combined with the flexibility in customization for our clients, allows us to deliver items and assessments that are aligned with our client’s expectations.

GCA offers a variety of item development services that best suit the needs of all our clients, whether it’s developing items, reviewing and enhancing items, or creating item banks.

Our Service

Data is only as good as the quality of the assessment. With increasing demands and expectations for students, teachers, and schools, we know that your time is valuable. Let GCA develop high-quality, rigorous assessment items and assessments that will guide your instructional practice and improve student achievement. Our subject matter experts follow the best practices of item writing and are experienced in developing items that represent a range of educational content, complexity levels, and item types. It is also important to consider the match between methods of assessment to performance targets. GCA currently partners with states, districts, and schools on the development of the following types of items and assessments:

Selected-response items

Multi-select items

Constructed-response items

Extended constructed-response items

Extended-response items

Extended writing-response items

Performance tasks

Game-based assessments

For clients looking for a solution to enable teachers or districts to efficiently create classroom or benchmark assessments, GCA’s comprehensive educational platform, District and School Connect, offers item banks that consist of several item types and are aligned to all Georgia Standards of Excellence in grades 1 – 8 and high school EOC courses.

GCA can evaluate and enhance your current assessments as well as develop new test items or test forms to support classroom instruction and student learning. We work with our clients to evaluate the quality of their assessments or assessment system. A well-planned approach to balanced assessment will offer educators the diversity of information needed to be well-informed decision makers.

If you are interested in determining if your assessments are quality assessments or if your assessment system is balanced, please visit our Assessment Audit page for more information.

Our People

Our team consists of highly qualified subject matter experts that apply a deep understanding of the curriculum and best practices in item and assessment development. Many of our team members are Georgia educators with vast knowledge and experience in the classroom. Our subject matter experts participate in GCA’s Item Development Training and qualify by completing a series of performance tasks in assessment development. We also have a staff of assessment professionals who provide Professional Learning in item development to support schools and districts in the development of their own unique assessment system.

If you are interested in becoming an item writer for GCA, please visit our Employment page for more information.

Our Commitment

GCA works closely with our clients at every phase of the assessment process, from designing through scoring and reporting. Our experience, combined with the flexibility of customization for our clients, allows us to create products that are aligned with our client’s expectations and requirements; we do not believe in the “one size fits all” philosophy. Additionally, customized services can provide a substantial cost savings.

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