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ETS Launches Online Testing Component in Instructional Data Management System Upgrade

Posted Feb 8, 2006
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ETS has announced upgrades to its Instructional Data Management System (IDMS) application, including the ability to assess students online. The IDMS system is a Web-based software application designed to help K-12 educators manage and use assessment data to drive instructional practices and improve student achievement.

Through the IDMS application, educators can:

* Identify critical state standards
* Align their curricula, lesson plans, and materials to their state standards
* Pace instruction throughout the school year
* Create formative assessments using ETS's Formative Assessment Item Bank, an online database of 30,000 math and language arts test questions aligned to state standards
* Disaggregate state and local assessment information
* Generate district, school, class, and student reports that are meaningful, actionable, and easy to use
* Maintain an electronic grade book and produce standards-based report cards

IDMS Version 6.1 also introduces the ability to create lesson plans that teachers can align to the pacing guides and share with other educators.

Other new features of IDMS Version 6.1 include a student profile, new grade book features, and enhanced test-builder conveniences, such as the ability to create mini assessments that test mastery of a single standard.

The IDMS application and the Formative Assessment Item Bank are key components of a set of data-driven decision making resources under ETS's System 5 suite of K-12 products and services designed to improve school performance and student achievement.

For more information about the IDMS application, visit To learn more about ETS's comprehensive System 5 suite, visit

Source: ETS,

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