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Pearson's Vision for Next Generation Assessment Interoperability Standards

November 15, 2010--As states and school districts around the country adopt and implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an unprecedented level of interoperability will be essential for the next generation of large scale assessments used to capture student performance and track student growth. Pearson, the global leader in education and education technology, sets forth the vision for achieving these heightened levels of interoperability with the release of its white paper, Next-Generation Assessment Interoperability Standards (PDF).

"This white paper details Pearson's vision for how to achieve the assessment interoperability standards needed to support the next generation Common Core assessments."
--Walter "Denny" Way, Ph.D., SVP, Assessment and Information Group

The U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top Assessment Program, and states adopting the CCSS, have identified interoperability as essential to ensuring the feasibility and affordability of next generation assessments.

Pearson's new white paper makes recommendations for how vendors and assessment governance boards can collaborate to extend these standards to support new and innovative types of assessments and delivery systems, including: 
Minimize Technology Constraints. Assessment interoperability standards must maximize the potential for delivery on a range of devices as well as minimize constraints that come from connections with technology delivery platforms that are subject to inevitable shift in the near term or obsolescence in the long term.
Separate Content and Formatting.  The separation of content and formatting within an assessment standard is critical to support greater accessibility and a range of devices.
Support Wide Range of Content. Assessment interoperability standards must support a wide range of content for greater interactivity, increased accessibility, more sophisticated assessments, and easier item authoring.
Address Assessment Structure, Accommodations and Additional Standards. Assessment interoperability standards must address assessment structure and test-level accommodations and integrate well with other standards and other instructional resources.

To access a free copy of "Next-Generation Assessment Interoperability Standards," go to (PDF).

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