Pacific Metrics Successfully Completes the Online Delivery and Scoring of Louisiana’s End-of-Course Tests

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48-hour Score Delivery Achieved for Largest End-of-Course Administration

The successful online administration and scoring of the End-of-Course tests is a direct result of effective collaboration between Pacific Metrics and the Louisiana Department of Education.

Pacific Metrics Corporation (http://www.pacificmetrics.com), a leading provider of online assessment solutions, announces the successful online delivery of over 230,000 tests for the Louisiana Department of Education’s 2012–2013 End-of-Course program. Using the automated scoring solution CRASE® in conjunction with human raters, Pacific Metrics was able to deliver accurate student results two days after test completion, which is a significant accomplishment for a high-stakes assessment delivered to a large body of students.

The successful online administration and scoring of the End-of-Course tests is a direct result of effective collaboration between Pacific Metrics and the Louisiana Department of Education. “We designed and built this technologically advanced assessment system specifically to meet Louisiana’s needs and to ensure that districts and schools were well-positioned to successfully execute this administration. We are pleased that the automated scoring component of the system was able to aid in this effort,” states Bob Guerin, Acting President & CEO of Pacific Metrics.

The End-of-Course tests are scored through a combination of handscoring and the use of CRASE, which delivers a second read to constructed-response and essay items. In this blended approach, the scoring engine improves the reliability of the score by recognizing rater bias or rater drift. The efficient delivery of results allows Louisiana educators to quickly analyze data and identify strengths and weaknesses in student performance and curriculum.

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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