About Measured Effects
Measured Effects is about making reasonable decisions about students based on the interpretation of reliable measures of academic progress.
Measured Effects is intended to provide educators with reports and tools that will help them to do their jobs. All tools are free to use. Most files are in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Excel Format.
Consultation services for Measured Effects are offered by Benjamin Ditkowsky. Ben received his Ph.D. in the area of Special Education from the University of Oregon in 2002. He has taught courses in instruction, characteristics of special education students, assessment and statistics. He has supervised and evaluated preservice teachers, coached teachers in the field, provided staff development in data-based, decision-making, and he has collaborated with school staff in grant writing activities.
Ben has worked as a district administrator; an educational consultant; an external evaluator for a the Northern Region of the Alliance for School-based Problem-solving and Intervention Resources in Education statewide initiative; a behavior specialist; and as a classroom teacher in both special and general classrooms. Currently, he is working as the Director of Data, Assessment, and Program Evaluation in Barrington Community Unit School District 220 in Illinois. In addition to working toward easier communication and the visual display of the results of assessments, his current focus is working with school administrators to address needs in how to use student data for principal and teacher evaluation. The model that Ben has developed is described as T.A.U.F., that is, Trustworthy, Accessible, Useable, yet Flexible. In the past one of Ben's passions has been working with general and special education teachers to develop S.M.A.R.T. targets for students and to use formative assessment data to make decisions about instruction in an effort to improve outcomes for students.