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Testing

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 (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
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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, 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

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
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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
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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.
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Contact Information

Jaime Bowers
Director
jaime.bowers@pgcps.org

Owens Road Administrative Building
1616 Owens Road NA
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

tel: 301.702.3860 fax: 301.702.3866