SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

Educational Testing Service

May 19, 2010 14:42 ET

ETS Develops Common Assessments Web Page

Site Created to Aid States With Race to the Top Assessment Applications

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  Educational Testing Service is pleased to announce the launch of a new web page, www.commonassessments.org, designed to help state department teams and consortia as they complete work on the submission of Race to the Top assessment applications.

ETS Senior Vice President and General Manager, K - 12 Assessment Programs, John Oswald says, "ETS created this resource to provide research-based information on next-generation assessment systems that could be implemented to measure the common core standards. We stand ready to work with states to explore innovative approaches and best practices that can be applied to the development of a common assessment system."

According to the website, "An unprecedented confluence of events -- increased federal funding, voluntary development of common state standards, increased availability of technology for administering assessments and advances in assessment design -- make common state assessments that measure common content standards more likely than ever before."

States have formed consortia to compete for Race to the Top Assessment funding with the goal of developing a next-generation assessment system. To help in the creation of these systems, the web page offers information on next-generation assessment models, innovative items for computer-based testing, adaptive testing use, comparability among different systems, high school assessments and automated scoring technologies.

For more information please visit ETS's Common State Assessments web page at www.commonassessments.org.

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