IMS Global Learning Consortium Launches New Innovation Leadership Network for State Assessment Leaders

Participants will Collaborate and Share Strategies to Lead Advancements in State Assessment Initiatives

LAKE MARY, Florida, 29 June 2017 — IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global), the world leader in edtech interoperability and innovation, announced today plans to organize a State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network (ILN) open to all state assessment leaders that will direct the conversation on the future of digital assessment and the impact of emerging technologies like adaptive testing, innovative items, and other key issues in statewide programs.

State assessment leaders who want to be involved can get more information at Membership in IMS Global is not required to participate.

The State Assessment ILN will be chaired by representatives from the Maryland and Minnesota departments of education who have been actively involved in the digital assessment work and progress within the IMS Global ecosystem.

“Bringing together state assessment leaders to collaborate within the IMS Global community on the development of standards for online testing systems will enable states to design digital assessment programs that are not only more cost efficient but also more valid and reliable,” said Dale Cornelius, program manager online testing, Maryland State Department of Education.

“Requiring interoperability and accessibility of test content and delivery allows states to avoid costly retrofitting of tests and test items to ensure they function across systems and provide access for all students,” said Cheryl Alcaya, supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education. “Participation in the State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network gives states a forum to communicate the needs of end users directly to the developers of online testing systems.”

Details on the State Assessment ILN will be addressed in a roundtable discussion on Creating a Highly Interoperable Assessment Ecosystem to Accelerate Transition to e-Assessment today at 12:30 p.m. (CT) during the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) in Austin, Texas.

For more details on the IMS Global State Assessment ILN and to sign up to participate visit

About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global)
IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology to affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS Global members are leading suppliers, institutions, and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. IMS Global sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas to help shape the future of educational technology.


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