Pacific Metrics to Build Online Content Development System for the College Board’s Puerto Rico and Latin America Office

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Our partnership with the College Board’s Puerto Rico and Latin America Office will help create a 21st century education system for their students.

Pacific Metrics Corporation (http://www.pacificmetrics.com), a leading provider of online assessment solutions, has reached an agreement with the College Board’s Puerto Rico and Latin America Office (PRLA) to streamline and support their online assessment development and item banking systems. Built to PRLA’s exact specifications, the secure, Web-based system will be completed by July 2012.

Utilizing Pacific Metrics’ ORCA™ Development and ORCA™ Bank software to facilitate a transition from the existing manual test development process to a cutting-edge online system, the customized software system will be supported by manuals, documentation, and hands-on-training throughout the development process. On Oct. 17, 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated that Puerto Rico is on the “path of transformational change . . . embracing innovation, academic rigor, accountability, and effective strategies for accelerating learning for all students.” The transition from paper and pencil to an online content development and item banking environment will require support from both the College Board and Pacific Metrics personnel but the end result will be the increased efficiency, effectiveness, and reliability of PRLA’s assessments.

“Our partnership with the College Board’s Puerto Rico and Latin America Office will help create a 21st century education system for their students,” states Stella Gibbs, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Pacific Metrics. “We look forward to collaborating with the College Board as we design a system that will save them time and money, while increasing the reliability of their testing program.”

Pacific Metrics’ ORCA Development is a scalable online assessment content editing and management system provided through an intuitive Web-based interface. ORCA Development provides a versatile, flexible and secure means of developing, managing, importing and exporting test content and is designed to ensure that item content is accurate, appropriate, and error-free. Complementing ORCA Development is ORCA Bank, a software component that is essential in supporting the storage of test item data and statistics related to item usage. ORCA Bank also acts as the post-administration warehouse of relevant data and details generated from each step in the assessment development process. Pacific Metrics’ ORCA products also integrate with external, third-party applications such as data warehouses and resource banks.

For more information about Pacific Metrics’ assessment solutions, email info(at)pacificmetrics(dot)com or call (831) 646-6400.

About the College Board
The College Board is an organization that “promotes excellence and equity in education through programs for K–12 and higher education institutions, and by providing students a path to college opportunities, including financial support and scholarships.” Serving more than seven million students and parents in over 180 countries and territories, The College Board serves as the education community through research and advocacy. The Puerto Rico and Latin America Office, the first opened outside of the continental U.S., was founded in 1964, and has “evolved into a highly effective education organization whose impact and influence on education continues to be felt throughout the Spanish-speaking world.” For more information, visit http://www.collegeboard.org.

About Pacific Metrics
Pacific Metrics Corporation creates lasting improvements to the assessment and learning environment through the thoughtful use of technology. Headquartered in Monterey, California, Pacific Metrics provides specialized psychometric software and sophisticated online systems to state departments of education and to organizations that develop, administer and score large-scale assessments. The company has achieved recognition for its technical work and for being a leading force in the development of innovative, customized, Web-based systems. For more information, visit http://www.pacificmetrics.com.

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