1EdTech Consortium Announces Participation in the Accessible Portable Item Project
1EdTech Question and Test and Access for All Interoperability Standards Featured in U.S. Department of Education Grant
Lake Mary, Florida, USA – 19 October 2009 – The 1EdTech Learning Consortium (1EdTech GLC) today announced that the consortium will be a major participant in a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education designed to help increase the efficiency with which tests are administered and the speed with which results are returned to schools. The Accessible Portable Item Project (APIP - see http://www.ed.gov/programs/eag/awards08.html#mn ) features a consortium of eight states, led by the Minnesota Department of Education. The aim of the project is to specify the technical standards for test items that are accessible for students with a variety of needs and are portable across computer-based delivery systems, utilizing the 1EdTech GLC QTI and Access for All interoperability standards.
“1EdTech is extremely pleased to see that the broad adoption of QTI worldwide and the pioneering achievements of Access for All has led to this project in which the K-12 end user community will be collaborating across states to improve educational outcomes,” said Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive Officer of 1EdTech GLC. “The state of Minnesota and Nimble Assessment Systems deserve tremendous credit for bringing together this project and consortium.”
“The 1EdTech QTI and Access for All standards are exciting because they can enable improved assessment and remediation in both formative and summative assessment scenarios,” commented Dr. Michael Russell, President and Director of Research at Nimble Assessment Systems. “Support for QTI standards by leading learning management software providers means that assessment data can be made available directly to the teacher in an easy to use format, as well as to administrators – and that assessment data across a variety of systems can be combined.”
1EdTech is supported by over 135 organizations – the world’s leaders in educational and learning technology, including leading learning technology product suppliers and publishers, leading institutions of learning and training, and leading government and professional consortia. 1EdTech member organizations are encouraged to participate in demonstrations to show support for APIP in their products and services. Non-member organizations can easily get involved as well. QTI support is provided through the 1EdTech Common Cartridge Alliance. Interested parties should contact APIP@imsglobal.org .
About 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech GLC)
1EdTech Learning is a nonprofit member organization that strives to enable the growth and impact of learning technology in higher education, K-12, and corporate education worldwide. 1EdTech GLC members are leading corporations, higher education institutions, school districts and government organizations who are enabling the future of education by developing interoperability and adoption practice standards for educational and learning technology. 1EdTech GLC sponsors Learning Impact: a global program and conference that recognizes the impact of learning and educational technology on access, affordability, and quality – the world’s most significant educational challenges. For more information, visit www.imsglobal.org.