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ETS Develops Online Item Bank of K-12 Test Questions Aligned to State Standards

Posted Mar 14, 2005
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ETS (Educational Testing Service) recently announced the development of the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank, an online bank of over 11,000 standards-based math and language arts test questions for K-12 teachers to use in the classroom to help improve learning.

According to the announcement, the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank enables schools to use questions that are aligned to state standards to create custom formative assessments (tests or quizzes given throughout the year); to target improvement efforts; adjust instruction throughout the year; and develop personalized learning strategies for students struggling with a particular standard. Districts can also use the Item Bank to create benchmark assessments. Questions developed by ETS assessment specialists are added to the Item Bank on a regular basis and are tailored to each state's specific standards.

Teachers access the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank online through ETS Pulliam's data management software, Instructional Data Management System (IDMS). Through IDMS, teachers can identify critical state standards and then pace their instruction over the school year. IDMS allows teachers to draw test questions from the Item Bank to create custom formative assessments that are aligned to state standards, and then electronically scan student answer sheets. Educators can view district, school, class and student results and generate reports from IDMS.

The ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank and IDMS are components within ETS Pulliam's Focus on Standards (FOS), an instructional improvement model that partners ETS consultants with teachers to help plan lessons, alter instruction based on formative assessment results, and determine intervention programs for specific students who may need additional instruction. The announcement states that in 2003, 87 percent of elementary schools using the FOS program met or exceeded their state academic growth targets.

State standards-aligned assessment items are currently available in IDMS for California, New Jersey, Nevada, and Texas. Items for Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, Hawaii, and West Virginia will be added soon, with additional states' items available later this spring.

More information about the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank, IDMS, and FOS, is available at

Source: ETS,

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