The Maryland State Department of Education has administered QTI and APIP supported online assessments for the past three years, achieving a 98% online assessment participation rate in 2018. These standards have helped make the state's transition to online testing a reality. Accessibility features, such as text-to-speech, magnification, and color contrast, to name a few, support the state’s commitment to Universal Design and help make online assessments valid and reliable measures of student learning. With QTI and APIP, traditionally underserved populations, such as deaf and blind students, can test online for the first time, ensuring that the state of Maryland remains in compliance with sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
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.