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1616 Owens Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The mission of the Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation (DTRE) is to provide quality assessments that result in actionable, fair and valid data measures. Every assessment administered will align to Universal Design Principles and Accessibility Features to maintain equitable access for all students. Central to the mission of the DTRE is to provide schools and offices with reliable, timely, and purposeful assessment data to support teachers and district offices in evaluating student performance, determining instruction implications, and identifying resources needed to address the needs of each student. In collaboration with schools and offices, we commit to cultivate a culture of evidence and data-based decision-making to ensure that student achievement is monitored appropriately and to ensure equity and educational excellence are a top priority.

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Test Administration

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

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

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
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Internal Assessment

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 (Pearson Access).

Major Responsibilities

  • Support the creation and management of internal assessments used in the school district. 
  • Support Curriculum & Instruction and other central offices with the implementation of Benchmarks and Local Assessments.
  • Support the production of locally developed tests to determine student achievement in the areas tested by state assessments.
  • Support the administration of the TAP (Tests of Achievement and Proficiency) Testing Program used for testing of non-accredited students. 
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Data Management

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 data collection file
  • Prepare student barcode labels for test book or scan sheets, and parent letters with score results
  • Submit pre-test and post-test files, validate score files and format and submit score data to Pearson Access 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

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 and Evaluation: Research Services

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

Research and Evaluation: Third Party Research Approval

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.
  • Research and Evaluation

More Learning Less Testing Report June 2022

Contact Information

Jaime Bowers