Orlando, FL (PRWEB) June 26, 2014
In a growing number of states, student growth and achievement are at the center of measuring a school district’s effectiveness. Further, many states now require schools to assess students in all subjects, not just those tested by the state. To support the voluminous local assessment demands that school districts across the country are facing, Performance Matters™ has released a next generation assessment platform called UNIFY. Click to Tweet.
“Just as Wikipedia provides a platform for developing a worldwide encyclopedia, UNIFY provides a platform for educators to collaborate and build assessments,” said Woody Dillaha, CEO and co-founder of Performance Matters. “UNIFY gets teachers engaged, makes it economically sustainable, and provides the technology to support it.”
UNIFY is the first social platform designed for educators anywhere to collaboratively develop, administer, and share assessments aligned to all standards, including the Common Core, state, and course-specific standards. By engaging educators in the assessment development process, UNIFY gives teachers an avenue for meaningful input into the assessments that will play a key role in their evaluations. It also makes the process affordable for districts, which now must administer thousands of assessments in hundreds of courses each year.
“While many districts want their teachers involved in the creation of local assessments, they lack the tools to make this happen,” said Dillaha. “At the same time, they lack the funds to buy all the assessment content they need. UNIFY makes an impossible task possible by connecting the talents of educators — within a district or across multiple districts or states — so they can pool their resources and work as a team to create and share high quality assessment content. This not only saves districts time and money, but it gives educators the data they need to make decisions that improve student instruction and achievement.”
Part of Performance Matters’ award-winning assessment and data management system, UNIFY provides the capacity educators need to assess students in all course areas. The platform’s modular technology incorporates a workflow engine that supports the end-to-end process of assessment development, including blueprinting, item authoring and review, test generation and test administration. In addition, UNIFY incorporates the current Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) standards to ensure educators are able to author and administer the new technology-enhanced item types, in addition to traditional multiple choice items.
With UNIFY, school districts will have ready access to assessment content that is locally developed, licensed through third parties, or contributed by collaborative participants. The robust security in UNIFY ensures that all assessment content is protected as per copyright or licensure, or as specified by the local school district.
For more information, visit http://www.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.