Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, and Certica Solutions, Inc., a provider of K-12 data management and education content solutions, have announced a partnership to support the creation and sharing of online assessments through Skyward’s Test Bank Management Solution.
At the center of this platform is Certica’s Formative Assessment Item Bank (FAIB), which features over 80,000 items, including more than 50,000 Common Core-aligned Math and English Language Arts selections. The items in the FAIB can be used by teachers and district staff to help students practice for the next generation assessments. In addition to the Common Core, the items are aligned to state standards and can be used to meet districts’ established curriculum goals.
One of the key benefits of the new formative assessment solution is that it integrates with existing tools in Skyward’s Student Management Suite to automate the process of recording assessment scores and sharing them with parents. The integration also allows higher level planning and alignment throughout the district, as administrators can design standardized interim assessments to be delivered to all applicable students.
Updated twice a year, the FAIB is developed using a rigorous process that includes multiple rounds of review to help ensure that the items adhere to best practices, are grade appropriate, are free of potential bias and sensitivity concerns, and follow the principles of universal design.
The FAIB is optional and available to Skyward users for an additional fee.
Source: Skyward, skyward.com