The Development of Monster, P.I.

In year 1 of the study (2015-16), the research team from Vanderbilt University and Florida State University developed a library of items in ten tasks and piloted the assessment with over 500 students in three middle schools.

In year 2 of the study (2016-17), the team selected and refined items based on the results from year 1, improved the engagement features of the assessment itself, and took the refined version of the assessment out to over 1,000 students.

In year 3 of the study (2017-18), the assessment became computer-adaptive – that is, it was able to respond to students’ ability levels and give them questions at their ability level.  This lets educators more precisely specify their skills.

In year 4 (2019-2020), the researchers updated the computer adaptive assessment using data from students’ performance on additional items piloted in year 3, and they worked with teachers to refine the teacher reports and linked instructional materials. Also in 2020 Ventris Learning became the exclusive publisher Monster, P.I. and released the app for commercial license to schools and school districts.

In this video Principal Investigator Amanda Goodwin explains what Monster, P.I. measures, what the team found and why it matters.

The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A150199 to Vanderbilt University. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.

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