Skyward, Certica Partner on K-12 Assessment Tools
In a new partnership, assessment tools can be
a student management system that allows school districts higher-level
and alignment regarding Common Core testing.
a K-12 school administrative software provider, has
launched its Test Bank Management Solution. The platform will provide
Certica's Formative Assessment
Item Bank (FAIB), which features more than
80,000 assessment items and 50,000 that are aligned with Common
and English language arts requirements.
As a result of the partnership, FAIB will be
Skyward's existing student management suite to automate the process of
recording assessment scores, sharing them with parents and making
to meet district curriculum goals.
"Until now, districts have been on their own to
review and compile test questions for their schools," said Skyward Vice
President Ray Ackerlund.
Certica Solutions President and CEO Mark Rankovic
combined solution allows districts to improve student outcomes despite
constantly asked to do more with fewer resources."
The FAIB is upgraded twice a year to guarantee its
adhere to best practices, are grade appropriate and are free of
It will be available to Skyward users for a fee.
In February, Certica
acquired the Northwest
Association's (NWEA) FAIB business. However, Certica had
been a distributor of the item bank since 2011 and its data validation
licensed by NWEA in 2007.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.