Richmond, VA (PRWEB) September 10, 2010
The Report Online System (ROS) release (Version 8) for SY 2010-2011 is based on requests for new features and easier access of powerful report elements. ROS is a test item-banking, scoring, administration, and reporting system used in school districts and schools for standards-diagnostic K–12 testing. “We find that our clients are one our most valuable sources of innovative ideas and enhancements to our testing system,” said David Mott, ROSworks’ founder. He added, “We look at help requests, training evaluations, and customer surveys for inspirational nuggets. Often, clients don’t know how novel their thoughts are. We couple these ideas with our years of experience in designing assessment systems to implement a constantly-evolving product.”
Named Reports—a new feature, allows a complex report, created by a knowledgeable user, to be saved for others’ use. That report can be called up and applied to other data by any system user. With Named Reports, additional features to the underlying reports can be added for experts, without increasing the complexity for average users. Another new feature—Online Testing Tools—permits a test maker to assign one one of nine interactive web tools (compass, ruler, protractor, eraser, etc.) for student’s use on a particular test question. These Online Testing Tools are of the type currently used on various states’ standards-based online tests.
A new administrative-user Dashboard allows administrators to monitor ongoing testing processes. Also, a new test Question Editor and Test Assembler permits test creators to choose any question from item banks and place them on new tests. New questions also may be entered directly and existing questions modified with the editor. Tests can be reordered. “We also streamlined the interface overall and added numerous context-sensitive help features,” Dr. Mott said. “We believe our current users will see a noticeable difference.”
ROSworks, LLC and it predecessor company, R& D Group, has been in the test creation and assessment scoring and reporting business for more than 12 years. Report Online System (ROS), its primary product, is a comprehensive item banking, test assembly, paper-based and online test administration system for use in K–12 educational settings. Based in Virginia, ROSworks currently does business in VA, NC, and SC and is expanding to other Mid-Atlantic States. Its sister company, Tests for Higher Standards (TfHS), authors educational tests and assessments fully customized to accurately and reliably measure each state’s unique K–12 standards. The TfHS principals, Dr. S. Stuart Flanagan and Dr. David E. W. Mott, have over 50 years of combined experience with all aspects of the educational assessment and curriculum processes. Both ROSworks and TfHS contribute material to a blog, discussion group site, http://ThoughtsOnAssessment.com.
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release or for more information about the Report Online System or the Tests for Higher Standards products, visit http://www.rosworks.com or http://www.tfhs.net or call 866-724-9722.