The Maryland State Department of Education has been working with IMS Global Learning Consortium since 2009. As a member of the PARCC consortium, Maryland has administered QTI® and APIP® supported online assessments for two years, with a projected 95% online assessment participation rate in 2017. These standards have not only supported the state to transition to a 100% online testing environment, they have enabled the state to do so while delivering more valid and reliable high-stakes assessments. With QTI/APIP, traditionally underserved populations, such as deaf and blind students, can test online for the first time. In addition, the accessibility features for all students, such as answer masking, magnification, and color contrast, support the state’s commitment to Universal Design, ensuring that all Internet-delivered content is accessible to all. The state has been integrating the QTI/APIP standards into all of its online assessments, with the new Maryland Integrated Science Assessment scheduled to go live in the spring of 2017 and the new High School Assessments to follow in the spring of 2018.
The State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network (ILN) brings together state and district assessment and technology leaders who will work to make online assessment systems, resources, and tools more efficient and effective. Participants will discuss interoperable digital assessment and accessibility challenges and share best practices while working with leaders in the IMS Global community to determine how assessment components can benefit from the lessons learned in the larger plug-and-play digital ecosystem.
Call for Participation
The mission of the State Assessment ILN is to develop and share digital assessment strategies with states and local education agencies to support their efforts to deliver online assessments that are more accurate and reliable measures of student learning. Network participants will also be powerful advocates to help advance the use of IMS Global interoperability and accessibility standards by educational technology suppliers.
If you are interested in being a part of this collaboration or have questions, please complete the enrollment form below to contact us. You can also read the FAQ for more information. The group held its first meeting in fall 2017 and continues to hold monthly meetings.
Participation in this network is open to all state assessment leaders. Membership in IMS Global is not required to participate.