WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Breakthrough Technologies today announced that the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Assessment Technology System was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best Student Assessment Solution category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.
The NCSC Assessment Technology System was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories. Breakthrough Technologies partnered with the NCSC to develop an online delivery platform for a new assessment program for students with cognitive disabilities. The NCSC alternate assessment evaluates knowledge of Common Core Math and ELA (reading and writing) standards at grades 3-8 and 11. It includes 30–35 items for each subject, mostly selected-response, as well as one writing prompt per grade, allowing multiple modes of response and direct student input to online test, or teacher-entered responses. Measured Progress provided the content.
"The NCSC Assessment Technology System is playing a key role in helping to update and strengthen the way educators assess and teach children with cognitive disabilities," said Doug Wilson, Managing Partner at Breakthrough Technologies. "We are wholly committed to pushing forward the use of open-source technologies in education and are honored to have our efforts recognized by the CODiE Awards."
"Every year the list of CODiE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They're opening doors for learners of all ages," said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.
Winners will be announced during an award ceremony on May 18. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium, the nation's leading education technology conference, in Denver July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner.
Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA's divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in‐person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK‐20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.
About Breakthrough Technologies
Breakthrough Technologies combines emerging technologies with innovative thinking to empower organizations, facilitate communication and create positive change on a global scale. The firm offers new product strategy & planning, product design & development, product support & operations, testing & validation, and value engineering. A Chicago based company with 75 employees, Breakthrough Technologies is a strong advocate of open source software.
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