State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network

State Assessment

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.

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.

Dale Cornelius

Dale Cornelius

Program Manager Online Testing, Maryland State Department of Education

State Assessment ILN Participants

These state education agencies and consortia are participating in the IMS Global Learning Consortium State Assessment Innovation Leadership Network.

Arizona DoE logo

Chicago Public Schools logo

Colorado Department of Education logo

Delaware DoE logo

Connecticut State Department of Education logo

MD State DoE logo

Michigan DoE logo

Minnesota DoE logo Montana Office of Public Instruction logo New Mexico Public Education Department logo New York City Department of Education logo
NY State Department of Education Ohio Department of Education logo South Portland (Maine) School Department Virginia Department of Education logo
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction logo      


Who can participate?
Participation in this network is open to all state department of education or school district assessment and technology leaders. Vendors or suppliers do not participate so the focus remains on the issues impacting state and local educational agencies. Suppliers will be able to benefit from the findings of the ILN through normal participation in IMS Global activities, such as the Executive Board on Assessment (EBA).

What is the time commitment?
The State Assessment ILN will begin by meeting every two months for one-hour sessions. This schedule is flexible and will adjust to match the needs of the group. The group will begin holding regular virtual meetings in the fall of 2017. The group may also initiative more intensive collaboration activities for smaller subgroups that see the opportunity to collaborate on specific needs, such as procurement or acceptance testing.

Is there any cost?
No, there is no cost and membership in IMS Global is not required to participate.

How can participating in this group help me?
Participation in the group connects you to other state assessment peers, provides a forum to discuss important issues and share ideas, and allows the group to take advantage of the strong IMS Global community in establishing best practices and building successful community-focused solutions. The expectation is that all participants will improve their ability to procure, adopt and deploy new assessment technologies.

Who is IMS Global?
The mission of the IMS Global Learning Consortium is to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the “Learning Impact” of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world, IMS’s influential community of educational institutions, suppliers, and government organizations develops open interoperability standards, supports adoption with technical services, and encourages adoption through programs that highlight effective practices.

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