New state contract continues longstanding collaboration and successful technology program
DOVER, N.H.—October 9, 2017—The Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) has awarded Measured Progress a potential six-year contract for its Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP). The new contract provides yearly assessments based on Oklahoma Academic Standards for grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and mathematics, and for science in grades 5 and 8.
This contract continues the strong working relationship between the Oklahoma SDE and Measured Progress, which began in 2013 with the award for the English language arts and mathematics portions of the former Oklahoma College and Career Readiness Assessment program (replaced by OSTP). In 2014 and 2015, the state again chose Measured Progress to support two more programs in the OSTP. Measured Progress worked on the Oklahoma Core Curriculum tests in science, geography, and social studies as well as high-school End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests.
eMetric, a K–12 assessment technology leader and Measured Progress business partner, also continues a long relationship with Oklahoma as a result of this new contract. eMetric’s end-to-end iTester online test delivery system has been used effectively in numerous states. In Oklahoma, eMetric has successfully administered 4.8 million test sessions since 2014, supporting approximately 40,000 concurrent users. Through its proven Data Integration reporting platform, eMetric will introduce new interactive reporting options to Oklahoma educators.
Dr. Jeanene Barnett, Deputy Superintendent of Assessment and Accountability for the Oklahoma SDE, said “We had a competitive bidding process for this contract, and Measured Progress presented the best solution to meet Oklahoma’s needs. We’re very happy to be able to continue working with them on high-quality assessments that will support our goals for continually improving student learning in our state.”
“Our relationship with the Oklahoma education department has been one of respect and openness from the beginning,” said Martin Borg, president and CEO of Measured Progress. “We share strong convictions about creating opportunities for students, and about improving teaching and learning through meaningful assessments. We’re pleased and honored to be awarded this contract—and to continue working with the SDE to serve students across the state.”
Planning meetings for the new program began in Dover, New Hampshire in September.