1. Why our company is named Lidget Green?
In Old English, a ‘green’ was defined as a piece of public or common grassy land, especially in the center of a village. Lidget Green is an area in Bradford, England where our President/Founder, Gary Buck, grew up.
2. Within the United States, there are over ten million people in the work force for whom English is not their first language.
Employers often need to know the level of their staff’s English proficiency. Lidget Green has English assessments and tools available to help achieve this objective.
3. Many item writing companies outsource their item writing assignments to countries where English is not the native language.
As part of our quality assurance process, our items are meticulously reviewed by highly qualified assessment professionals who are also native English speakers.
4. It is estimated that as much as 80% of what students will be expected to read throughout their lifetime will be nonfiction.
At Lidget Green, we strive to provide clients with authentic informational texts that fairly and accurately measure a student’s ability to comprehend nonfiction texts.
5. Bias concerns in testing are not just about test takers finding content offensive or emotionally upsetting. Biased items can also unfairly give one population of students an advantage over another.
A quality item avoids bias and sensitivity issues. Every item writer for Lidget Green must review and adhere to strict Bias and Sensitivity guidelines. Each item is reviewed by a separate editor to ensure that these guidelines are followed appropriately.
6. More states are moving toward the use of performance assessments in science, replacing more traditional multiple choice items in both formative and summative assessments. This movement is largely a result of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are gaining wide acceptance, and have now been adopted by over a dozen states in the U.S.
Lidget Green is dedicated to training contractors and science content specialists in tackling this approach to writing items for large-scale assessment. We work continually with our writers to keep them current in their understandings of performance assessments and how to write questions that align well to the methods presently used in science teaching across the country.
7. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics state that the standards are, “…based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills.”
Lidget Green’s item writers can develop items that require the most basic math skills necessary for building a strong foundation, to items that require complex problem-solving skills that show mastery of a topic. Items can be aligned to Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK), Bloom’s Taxonomy, or any other cognitive thinking models.
8. According to the Institute for Education Sciences, there are currently about 50 million students enrolled in almost 100,000 public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S.
Lidget Green can produce high-quality items, in all subject areas, suitable for all members of the K-12 population.
9. A California Senate bill aims to place an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to reinstate bilingual education in schools. This proposed rule could open doors for more traditional bilingual and dual language immersion programs.
At Lidget Green, we understand the distinction between testing content areas through a language that students understand well, and testing student knowledge of a second language, or foreign languages they are studying. We can write content tests in English and Spanish, and we can test a student’s comprehension of English, or Spanish, as a second language. We also have language experts who can review comprehension passages and test items in over 60 different languages.