With the New Unify Assessment Platform, K-12 Districts Can Develop, Administer, and Share Assessments in Any Subject Area


Winter Park, Fla. – WEBWIRE – Thursday, June 26, 2014

In a growing number of states, student growth and achievement are at the center of measuring a school district’s effectiveness. Further, many states now require schools to assess students in all subjects, not just those tested by the state. To support the voluminous local assessment demands that school districts across the country are facing, Performance Matters™ has released a next generation assessment platform called UNIFY.

UNIFY is the first social platform designed for educators anywhere to collaboratively develop, administer, and share assessments aligned to all standards, including the Common Core, state, and course-specific standards.

“We believe that educators have a vested interest, and deserve to play a key role, in the development of local assessments,” said Woody Dillaha, CEO and co-founder of Performance Matters. “UNIFY is a fabulous tool that can connect the talents of educators — within a district or across multiple districts or states — so they can collaboratively develop and share high quality assessment content. This not only saves districts time and money, but it gives educators the data they need to make decisions that improve student instruction and achievement.”

Part of Performance Matters’ award-winning assessment and data management system, UNIFY provides the capacity educators need to assess students in all course areas. The platform’s modular technology incorporates a workflow engine that supports the end-to-end process of assessment development, including blueprinting, item authoring and review, test generation and test administration. In addition, UNIFY incorporates the current Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) standards to ensure educators are able to author and administer the new interactive item types, in addition to traditional multiple choice items.

With UNIFY, school districts will have ready access to assessment content that is locally developed, licensed through third parties, or contributed by collaborative participants. The robust security in UNIFY ensures that all assessment content is protected as per copyright or licensure, or as specified by the local school district.

About Performance Matters

Performance Matters helps K-12 school systems improve student learning by providing comprehensive, integrated solutions for assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Performance Matters’ solutions are used by school districts across the country. For more information, visit www.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.

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