PARCC Chooses Measured Progress to Assist with Interoperability Standards

Measured Progress will work with the PARCC consortium to ensure interoperability among disparate data systems for the consortium's Common Core assessment.

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Dover, New Hampshire (PRWEB) February 16, 2012

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) recently named Measured Progress as its interoperability standards development services contractor for PARCC’s K-12 assessment program. PARCC is one of two consortia in the process of developing common assessments for the nation’s students.

Interoperability refers to a system’s capacity to store and transfer data effectively and accurately. In the case of student assessment systems, interoperability applies to a variety of data—from student records to school demographic information and test items—which must all be used across systems.

Because disparate types of data must be handled differently, a range of interoperability standards has been developed by a number of organizations. At the same time, some discrete data elements must interact with one another, so it is necessary to establish touch-points between them. Through this PARCC contract, Measured Progress will guide the creation of those touch-points by working with the organizations that maintain each of the separate data standards to make the modifications required to facilitate interoperability.

For example, the Accessible Portable Item Profile standard (APIP), which focuses on exchanging test items and providing accessibility information within items for students with disabilities and special needs, must interoperate with the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA), which has defined student information standards.

Measured Progress is uniquely qualified to guide interaction across the different data standards. Its Innovation Lab works with state assessment programs to develop interoperability solutions for assessment. The company has also been instrumental in the development of the APIP standard*.

Measured Progress also has considerable expertise in working with multi-state consortia. In addition to its long history of leadership with the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), the company has been awarded a number of contracts by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortia, which, along with PARCC, are the two assessment consortia charged with developing tests based upon the Common Core State Standards.

“The work of the consortia, coupled with the explosion of digital tools, represents a great promise to assess student achievement more effectively and ensure an equitable testing experience for all students,” says Measured Progress Vice President Mike Russell. “We are committed to work with PARCC and its members to ensure the consortium’s interoperability needs are met in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.”

*To read more about APIP and interoperability, please visit http://www.measuredprogress.org/apip

Measured Progress provides high quality, technologically superior assessments and professional development programs for states, consortia, districts, and schools nationwide. A not-for-profit organization, Measured Progress is deeply committed to our mission of helping to improve teaching and learning for all students. It's all about student learning. Period.

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