Pacific Metrics Expands Integrated TEI Capabilities

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Company Offers Innovative, Customizable Technology-Enhanced Item-Creation Solutions

TEIs engage students interactively and enable them to fully demonstrate their knowledge and skills in measurable ways.

Pacific Metrics Corporation (http://www.pacificmetrics.com), a leading provider of online assessment technology solutions, announces that it has bolstered its full-service assessment offerings with innovative, customizable technology-enhanced item (TEI) solutions that can be scored with its market-leading automated scoring technology, CRASE®. These item-creation solutions support the TEI types found in the SBAC sample tests and the PARCC prototypes created by the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, such as graphing, selecting text, and drag-and-drop interactions.

“TEI-based assessments can immerse the student in authentic problem-solving situations and provide a better measurement of what a student knows and can do in relation to a particular area of learning,” explains Dr. Phoebe Winter, EVP of Education Policy with Pacific Metrics. “TEIs are also much more likely to engage the student fully in the test.”

While multiple-choice testing remains a viable method of measuring student knowledge, TEIs engage students interactively and enable them to fully demonstrate their knowledge and skills in measurable ways. In conjunction with automated scoring, TEIs provide educators with a multidimensional, composite view of what students have learned and where they may need additional instruction.

Pacific Metrics’ current TEI initiative is based upon the latest research, including the results of the Online Mathematics Assessment Project (OMAP). The OMAP research project, funded by an Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG), was a collaborative effort by four state education agencies (North Carolina, Kentucky, New Mexico, and South Carolina) and Pacific Metrics Corporation to investigate the feasibility of assessing student test results in mathematics online using test item formats other than multiple choice. The results showed that alternative item types including technology-enhanced items, delivered online and scored using CRASE, were a reliable way to assess a student’s knowledge of mathematics.

“With the national push toward online testing in schools and the advent of Common Core State Standards, continued innovation in TEIs represents a natural progression for Pacific Metrics,” says Stella Gibbs, Executive Vice President. “Our ability to not only provide TEI capabilities, but to score even the most complex TEI types, uniquely positions us to provide educators with the information they need to enable student achievement.”

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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