Editorial Process

Editorial Process

The Item Development Team at Progress Testing consists of psychometricians and educational professionals from across the disciplines, as well as expert editors, item writers, graphic artists, and subject-area specialists. We follow a comprehensive editorial process to ensure the rigor and accuracy of our items.

In addition, our sales and marketing departments routinely provide the team with customer feedback and suggestions to help us improve every aspect of our assessment services. We know the pivotal role that testing plays in our system of education, and we believe the hard work we put into our items offers teachers, students, and schools the opportunity to glean reliable and valid insights into teaching and learning.

In addition to test specifications and other project documents that govern content-development, the Item Development Team uses:

  • Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition;
  • EDL Core vocabularies in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies;
  • Lexile Readability Analyzer;
  • Dale-Chall Readability Index; and
  • Spache Readability Index.


  • Editorial Process Flow Chart