Cognitive Labs

edCount conducts cognitive lab studies, in which students describe their thought processes and thinking as they respond to assessment items, to collect information about whether assessments are eliciting the intended cognitive processes. These studies can help states understand why students may struggle with certain items or content areas on an assessment, and, as a result, provide feedback about ways to improve instruction.

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Cognitive Process Validity Study: Clerc Center

As part of our work with the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University to implement major components of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), as mandated by the Education of the Deaf Act of 2008, edCount conducted a cognitive process validity study to examine whether the test questions in the Clerc Center's adopted assessments are measuring the content and skills they intend to measure, or whether there may be other factors that interfere with student performance, such as the use of American sign language (ASL) as a testing accommodation, or various types of language complexity that may be challenging for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (SDHH).

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Cognitive Process Validity Study: Puerto Rico

edCount designed and conducted a cognitive process validity study to examine whether items on Puerto Rico's general assessments in reading and mathematics elicit the intended cognitive processes they purport to measure.

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