Smarter Balanced Awards Reporting System Contract to Wireless Generation
OLYMPIA, Wash. – November 28, 2012 – The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) announced the award of a contract to Wireless Generation to develop an online, open source solution for reporting student results from its assessments. The Smarter Balanced reporting system will provide teachers, administrators, parents, and students with actionable information about student progress toward college and career readiness.
“Results from student assessments are most useful when they illustrate student progress and help inform instruction,” said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D, executive director of Smarter Balanced. “The Smarter Balanced assessment system will allow teachers and parents to see how students are progressing throughout their schooling, what skills they have mastered, and get access to additional tools to support their success.”
The reporting system will provide student-level results from the Smarter Balanced interim and summative assessments, as well as growth data showing whether students are on track to be college- and career-ready. Reports summarizing student achievement and growth at the classroom, school, district, and state levels will also be available to authorized users.
Wireless Generation—in partnership with Educational Testing Service (ETS)—will develop the reporting system in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including member states, K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents, students, and partners. The design of the reporting system will be informed by stakeholder research and small- and large-scale user testing. Opportunities for input into the requirements for the reporting system will be available in early 2013. In the summer of 2014, Wireless Generation will provide Smarter Balanced with a fully functional, open source reporting system for integration with the other assessment system technology components.
Smarter Balanced is developing a balanced system of assessments—with formative, interim, and summative components—that measure achievement and growth toward college and career readiness. The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed—regardless of disability, language, or background.
Wireless Generation was awarded this contract following a competitive procurement process overseen by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. An evaluation committee composed of representatives from Smarter Balanced Governing States reviewed and scored the proposals. More information on the Consortium’s procurement process—including the reporting system RFP and Wireless Generation’s proposal—is available at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/Jobs-Contracts.aspx.
About Smarter Balanced
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium brings together states to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts/literacy that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. The Consortium involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent and consensus-driven process to help all students thrive in a knowledge-driven global economy. The Consortium’s projects are funded through a four-year, $175 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, comprising 99 percent of activity resources, with the remaining support provided through generous contributions of charitable foundations. Membership is open to any interested U.S. state. For more information, please visit www.smarterbalanced.org.