EasyCBM was designed by researchers at the University of Oregon as an integral part of an RTI (Response to Intervention) model. From the start, developers have emphasized the goal of the system to help facilitate good instructional decision-making. This project began with a grant from the federal Office of Special Education Programs in 2006, but it has continued to expand with the help of our school district partners across the state of Oregon and - more recently - across the United States.
The assessments on the system are what is known as CBMs, standardized measures that sample from a year's worth of curriculum to
assess the degree to which students have mastered the skills and knowledge deemed critical at each grade level. The CBMs on the
easyCBM system are often referred to as 'next-generation CBMs' because we used an advanced form of statistics, Item Response
Theory (IRT) during measurement development to increase the sensitivity of the measures to monitoring growth while at the same
time increasing the consistency of the alternate forms of each measure type.
We offer two different versions of easyCBM: one designed for school- or district-wide adoption; the other designed for individual
Our District easyCBM system has both Benchmark/Screener tests and Progress Monitoring measures and gives different users different
levels of access to data within the system. The Teacher version of easyCBM is limited to progress monitoring measures (under the
assumption that teachers will have access to some other form of screening information that will enable them to identify students
most in need of progress monitoring).
Click here to access research studies about the assessments.
Contributors to the easyCBM system include:
Julie Alonzo, Ph.D.
Dr. Alonzo earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Learning Assessment / Systems Performance at the
University of Oregon in 2007. She earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in English/Language
Arts in 2002 and taught language arts and ELL for 12 years.
Aaron Glasgow has developed computer-based solutions for the educational community since 1995. He has served as the technical
coordinator and lead developer for multiple federal grants and state contracts. His interests include web applications, database
design, electronic media, and general application development.
Gerald Tindal, Ph.D.
Dr. Tindal joined the University of Oregon in 1984 in Special Education and currently is the Castle-McIntosh-Knight Endowed Professor
of Education. Dr. Tindal is the Area Head of Educational Leadership and the Director of Behavioral Research and Teaching (BRT),
a research center housing federal and state grants and contracts.
Kirt Ulmer received his B.S. in Computer Science from Portland State University, with an emphasis on web application development.
He is the lead web developer of easyCBM.com and focuses on design, usability, and simplicity.
Paul Yovanoff, Ph.D.
Dr. Yovanoff completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on psychometric theory and behavioral research methods
in 1992. A senior researcher at the University of Oregon, Dr. Yovanoff's expertise in Item Response Theory has provided guidance in
the development of the easyCBM measures.