MINNEAPOLIS – Sept. 9, 2015 – Pearson today announced its patented TestNav 8 delivery platform for delivering online assessments is now certified by the IMS Global Learning Consortium on the industry-leading open interoperability assessment standard, Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®) specification v2.1. The IMS QTI v2.1 defines a standard format for the representation of assessment content and results, supporting the secure exchange of this material between systems. It allows assessment materials to be authored and delivered interchangeably.
By implementing virtually all QTI interactions, TestNav 8 enables assessments to measure a student’s knowledge using more authentic measures with deeper diagnostic capabilities. By increasing the measurement capabilities and depth of data available, teachers can more effectively map instructional paths for students and students can more easily navigate them.
“Achieving IMS QTI 2.1 certification marks a significant milestone in Pearson’s commitment to developing systems based on interoperability standards that are cloud deployable and accessible on the mobile devices used by today’s students,” said Wayne Ostler, Pearson’s vice president for content and measurement systems. “In addition, this interoperability may represent a significant cost savings for our customers who wish to transfer their assessments to TestNav 8 or to other providers’ QTI-capable platforms.”
TestNav meets and maintains the most stringent security requirements for large-scale assessment programs. This year, more than 21 million Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and other tests were delivered online using the test delivery platform.
“Pearson has proven that QTI is a very robust standard, and we strongly encourage our colleagues in the assessment industry to embrace it,” said KJ Singh, chief technology officer for Pearson’s School group. “We are committed to collaborating with IMS to further develop assessment standards that support ease of delivery and security for online assessment delivery.”
IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. Pearson is one of more than 320 member organizations that are shaping and growing the learning industry through community development and adoption of open interoperability standards and practice to improve standards and recognition of the return on investment from learning and educational technology.
“As the test delivery platform for PARCC and other online assessments, TestNav 8 is an important part of the assessment infrastructure for our country’s K-12 students and teachers,” said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO, IMS Global. “Achieving IMS QTI 2.1 for TestNav 8 is illustrative of Pearson’s commitment to achieving the goal it shares with all IMS Global members: ensuring better learning experiences from better learning technology.”
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.