AdaptiveX Awarded $305,000 Grant to Aid in Cultural Proficiency Professional Development

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  • (1888PressRelease) July 27, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded AdaptiveX, an industry-leading adaptive testing company, with a project grant of $305,000 to be a fundamental contributor in the Departmentís Cultural Proficiency Professional Development project. The project tasks AdaptiveX with analyzing and understanding culturally sustaining practices, pedagogy, and environments, as well as becoming well familiarized with the underlying details and structures that feed into systemic inequities, from implicit biases to common educational policies.

    Founded out of Glenarden, MD, with endeavors spanning across the country, AdaptiveX is no stranger to tackling systemic inequity in education. Adaptive Testing is an AI evaluation approach to get better and more accurate scoring while asking fewer, more precise questions. This technology and approach can be used in any question and response context, such as recruitment, candidate evaluations, employee training, and, of course, education.

    By continuously gauging a test-takerís progress and responses and providing appropriately challenging questions, Adaptive Testing provides a more precise evaluation that bridges certain systemic gaps, gaps that traditional testing foster and grow. This allows for the needs of all students to be met throughout a school system and district. Bridging these gaps certainly does not stop at better testing, however.

    Students come from diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic situations, which is why a one-size-fits-all approach canít and hasnít been working. Engaging students in with ďauthentic and rigorous learning experiences that honor learnerís cultural capacityĒ is a dynamic educational approach that fosters progress and growth in any situation, as per AdaptiveXís website. This approach is known as Culturally Responsive Teaching, and to be able to execute it properly, schools and teachers need the appropriate practices and training. AdaptiveX offers CRT support and coaching, as well as workshops and other resources.

    This specialization in Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices is precisely what allowed AdaptiveX to stand out in the competitive proposal to win the grant. The comprehensive, research-based program is to be implemented in over a dozen districts throughout the state of Massachusetts, providing workshops, equity landscape analysis, virtual coaching, and much more.

    The death of George Floyd and subsequent, widespread cries for social and racial justice bring to light once again that now, and always, systemic inequities at every level of society lead to.

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