Pacific Metrics Awarded Item Authoring and Item Pool Application Contract by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

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System to be built using the company’s ORCA™ Development platform

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We share Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s enthusiasm and vision for a comprehensive, dynamic item authoring and item pool system that will support member states.

Pacific Metrics Corporation (, a leading provider of education technology solutions, has been selected as the contractor to develop a web-based item authoring and item pool application (IAIP) for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Smarter Balanced is a group of 27 states with over 20 million students that are working together to develop and implement an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014–2015 school year.

Pacific Metrics brings many years of technical expertise building and deploying statewide item authoring applications to deliver this innovative web-based system. It will support a broad range of constituents dispersed across the Smarter Balanced states. Utilizing Pacific Metrics’ ORCA™ Development environment, the IAIP system will be customized to satisfy the functional and system requirements under the Federal Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative. ORCA Development is an item management platform that allows for scalable online assessment content editing and management and is provided through an intuitive, user-friendly, web-based interface.

The Smarter Balanced IAIP system will allow test developers to construct content that is aligned to the CCSS and to provide a versatile, flexible, and secure means of developing, managing, and exporting test content to the test delivery platform. The application supports the development and storage of a variety of item types, including constructed-response and technology-enabled items and provides management and reporting tools required to support the consortium’s needs.

“We share Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s enthusiasm and vision for a comprehensive, dynamic item authoring and item pool system that will support member states,” says Stella Gibbs, Pacific Metrics’ Executive Vice President. “Pacific Metrics has years of technical expertise with assessment software and brings dedication, a high level of service, and quality deliverables to ensure the success of this initiative.”

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

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

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