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News Article | May 17, 2017
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OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Turnitin has added Lexile measures to its instructional writing program, Revision Assistant, to better help teachers match appropriate texts to individual students and personalize instruction. The Lexile® Framework for Reading is the go-to standard for matching student reading levels to text complexity. Click to tweet. Students write better essays when they fully understand the text they are writing about. Revision Assistant is an instructional tool that gives immediate, specific, and actionable feedback to students while they are engaged in the process of writing essays in response to specific prompts, many of which are source-based. Now, teachers can use Lexile measures to ensure that the reading selections they assign to students within Revision Assistant are appropriate to each individual pupil. Students will be able to write essays for prompts that meet their specific reading levels, all the while receiving feedback to help them improve their skills. “When writing prompts are tied to one or more pieces of text, the exercise becomes a literacy task as well,” said Elijah Mayfield, vice president of new technologies at Turnitin. “Lexile measures help us to provide the best information about the rigor of the task as a whole.” Lexile information will be visible to teachers during the assignment set up process. Turnitin joins a growing cohort of education technology developers and publishers who leverage Lexile information from MetaMetrics to support students in over 180 countries, with over 35 million students in the U.S. receiving that information to support their reading development. “Lexile measures have become the most prevalent metric to help teachers identify appropriate texts for their students,” said Malbert Smith, Ph.D., CEO & cofounder of MetaMetrics. “I applaud Turnitin for using Lexile measures to give teachers the same confidence they do with reading texts, as they assign prompts in Revision Assistant.” See Revision Assistant in action here. More information about MetaMetrics and the Lexile Framework, at: metametricsinc.com and lexile.com. Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands, Melbourne, Australia, Seoul, Korea and throughout Latin America. @Turnitin MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics' products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile® para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics) and writing (The Lexile® Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with the organization at: http://blog.lexile.com. Press kit for this release here.


Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc. | Stone M.,Aurora University
Journal of Applied Measurement | Year: 2010

We argue that a goal of measurement is general objectivity: point estimates of a person's measure (height, temperature, and reader ability) should be independent of the instrument and independent of the sample in which the person happens to find herself. In contrast, Rasch's concept of specific objectivity requires only differences (i.e., comparisons) between person measures to be independent of the instrument. We present a canonical case in which there is no overlap between instruments and persons: each person is measured by a unique instrument. We then show what is required to estimate measures in this degenerate case. The canonical case encourages a simplification and reconceptualization of validity and reliability. Not surprisingly, this reconceptualization looks a lot like the way physicists and chemometricians think about validity and measurement error. We animate this presentation with a technology that blurs the distinction between instruction, assessment, and generally objective measurement of reader ability. We encourage adaptation of this model to health outcomes measurement.


Fisher Jr. W.P.,University of California at Berkeley | Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc.
14th Joint International IMEKO TC1, TC7, TC13 Symposium on Intelligent Quality Measurements - Theory, Education and Training 2011, Held in Conj. with the 56th IWK Ilmenau University of Technology | Year: 2011

Measurement plays a vital role in the creation of markets, one that hinges on efficiencies gained via the universal availability of precise and accurate information on product quantity and quality. Fulfilling the potential of these ideals requires close attention to measurement and the role of technology in science and the economy. The practical value of a strong theory of instrument calibration and metrological traceability stems from the capacity to mediate relationships in ways that align, coordinate, and integrate different firms' expectations, investments, and capital budgeting decisions over the long term. Improvements in the measurement of reading ability exhibit patterns analogous to Moore's Law, which has guided expectations in the microprocessor industry for almost 50 years. The state of the art in reading measurement serves as a model for generalizing the mediating role of instruments in making markets for other forms of intangible assets. These remarks provide only a preliminary sketch of the kinds of information that are both available and needed for making more efficient markets for human, social, and natural capital. Nevertheless, these initial steps project new horizons in the arts and sciences of measuring and managing intangible assets.


Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc. | Stone M.,Adler School of Professional Psychology | Burdick D.,MetaMetrics Inc.
14th Joint International IMEKO TC1, TC7, TC13 Symposium on Intelligent Quality Measurements - Theory, Education and Training 2011, Held in Conj. with the 56th IWK Ilmenau University of Technology | Year: 2011

One must provide information about the conditions under which [the measurement outcome] would change or be different. It follows that the generalizations that figure in explanations [of measurement outcomes] must be change-relating. . . . Both explainers [e.g., person parameters and item parameters] and what is explained [measurement outcomes] must be capable of change, and such changes must be connected in the right way [1]. Rasch's unidimensional models for measurement tell us how to connect object measures, instrument calibrations, and measurement outcomes. Substantive theory tells us what interventions or changes to the instrument must offset a change to the measure for an object of measurement to hold the measurement outcome constant. Integrating a Rasch model with a substantive theory dictates the form and substance of permissible conjoint interventions. Rasch analysis absent construct theory and an associated specification equation is a black box in which understanding may be more illusory than not. The mere availability of numbers to analyze and statistics to report is often accepted as methodologically satisfactory in the social sciences, but falls far short of what is needed for a science.


Fisher W.P.,University of California at Berkeley | Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2015

The self-conscious awareness of language and its use is arguably nowhere more intense than in metrology. The careful and deliberate coordination and alignment of shared metrological frames of reference for theory, experiment, and practical application have been characteristics of scientific culture at least since the origins of the SI units in revolutionary France. Though close attention has been focused on the logical and analytical aspects of language use in science, little concern has been shown for understanding how the social and historical aspects of everyday language may have foreshadowed and influenced the development and character of metrological language, especially relative to the inevitably partial knowledge possessed by any given stakeholder participating in the scientific enterprise. Insight in this regard may be helpful in discerning how and if an analogous role for metrology might be created in psychology and the social sciences. It may be that the success of psychology as a science will depend less on taking physics as the relevant model than on attending to the interplay of concepts, models, and social organization that make any culture effective. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.


Fisher W.P.,Jr. | Fisher W.P.,University of California at Berkeley | Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc. | Stenner A.J.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation | Year: 2016

Huge resources are invested in metrology and standards in the natural sciences, engineering, and across a wide range of commercial technologies. Significant positive returns of human, social, environmental, and economic value on these investments have been sustained for decades. Proven methods for calibrating test and survey instruments in linear units are readily available, as are data- and theory-based methods for equating those instruments to a shared unit. Using these methods, metrological traceability is obtained in a variety of commercially available elementary and secondary English and Spanish language reading education programs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Given established historical patterns, widespread routine reproduction of predicted text-based and instructional effects expressed in a common language and shared frame of reference may lead to significant developments in theory and practice. Opportunities for systematic implementations of teacher-driven lean thinking and continuous quality improvement methods may be of particular interest and value. © 2016 The Authors


Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc. | Fisher W.P.,University of California at Berkeley
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2013

The central importance of reading ability in learning makes it the natural place to start in formative and summative assessments in education. The Lexile Framework for Reading constitutes a commercial metrological traceability network linking books, test results, instructional materials, and students in elementary and secondary English and Spanish language reading education in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Australia. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.


Fisher W.P.,University of California at Berkeley | Stenner A.J.,MetaMetrics Inc.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2013

The public and researchers in psychology and the social sciences are largely unaware of the huge resources invested in metrology and standards in science and commerce, for understandable reasons, but with unfortunate consequences. Measurement quality varies widely in fields lacking uniform standards, making it impossible to coordinate local behaviours and decisions in tune with individually observed instrument readings. However, recent developments in reading measurement have effectively instituted metrological traceability methods within elementary and secondary English and Spanish language reading education in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Given established patterns in the history of science, it may be reasonable to expect that widespread routine reproduction of controlled effects expressed in uniform units in the social sciences may lead to significant developments in theory and practice. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.


Trademark
MetaMetrics Inc. | Date: 2012-06-30

Posters and printed charts; test books and printed test sheets for use in assessing an individuals reading comprehension and skills; printed lists featuring texts at various levels of reading difficulty.


Trademark
MetaMetrics Inc. | Date: 2012-12-14

Providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software for teaching, practicing, and testing reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing.

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