ETS (Educational Testing Service) announced today the release of a significant upgrade to ETS Pulliam's Instructional Data Management System (IDMS), a Web-based software application designed to help K-12 educators manage and use assessment data to drive instructional practices, improve student achievement, and optimize learning results.
Through IDMS, educators can identify critical state standards, pace instruction, align materials to the standards over the school year, create formative assessments (tests or quizzes given throughout the year), and generate district, school, class and student reports that are meaningful, actionable and easy to use, according to the announcement.
IDMS Version 5.0 will be used as a platform to deliver the ETS Formative Assessment Item Bank, an online bank of 12,000 math and language arts test questions tailored to states' specific standards. The new version also introduces ETS EZScan, software that allows educators to upload student responses from scanned answer sheets into IDMS for scoring and reporting. Results are available for viewing within minutes.
Other IDMS Version 5.0 upgrades include enhancements to the Curriculum Guide that allow users to define the sequence of standards within specified instructional periods by grade level, course, or subject. IDMS Version 5.0 also introduces a Message Center that allows the district to post messages for all users and a shortcut feature, which provides customized links to favorite IDMS pages.
IDMS is the technical framework behind ETS Pulliam's instructional improvement model, Focus on Standards (FOS), an integrated process that uses educational resources to help school leaders develop a school improvement plan, provide a system for continuous standards-based improvement, and encourage sharing of instructional strategies, the ETS announcement states.
For more information about IDMS, visit http://www.etspulliam.org/idms/.
Source: ETS, http://www.ets.org/