PRINCETON, N.J., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The IMS Global Learning Consortium has announced that Educational Testing Service (ETS) and ETS-owned Computerized Assessments and Learning (CA&L) have received top marks for their submission of the K-12-oriented Test Operations Management System (TOMS) in the IMS Accessible Portable Item Protocol™ (APIP) conformance certification challenge. ETS and CA&L will be presented with their platinum level Learning Impact Award medals during an awards ceremony in New Orleans this May.
The TOMS system is a statewide assessment management tool with a wide range of capabilities that was developed for ETS's K-12 Testing Programs. The system was entered into and certified as APIP compliant through the e-Assessment Certification Challenge, which ensures that computer-delivered tests are accessible to the greatest number of students possible.
"ETS takes its mission to advance quality and equity in learning worldwide through policy research and assessment development very seriously," said Daniel Wakeman, ETS Vice President and Chief Information Officer. "That is why we are thrilled to see IMS's independent, third-party validation of our work to improve the TOMS assessment management system."
The competition's evaluators included representatives from the Minnesota Department of Education, the Maryland Department of Education, the WIDA Consortium and WestEd. The panelists selected the winners based on a number of factors, including success in achieving conformance certification, features and functionality.
In addition to receiving the platinum level award for their work on ETS's TOMS, CA&L will also be receiving a silver-level award for its submission of the APIP-certified CA&L Test Delivery system.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE ® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org
About Computerized Assessments and Learning, LLC
Computerized Assessments and Learning (CA&L), LLC, operates as an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of ETS. CA&L is an industry-leading computerized assessment company based in Lawrence, Kansas. CA&L's adaptive testing platform provides products and services to support instructional and learning processes for K–12 education systems. CA&L provides online formative, interim and summative testing for large-scale and local assessment programs that meets or exceeds federal and state testing requirements and produces valid and reliable results.
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