MONTEREY, CALIF., Aug. 8, 2013—The migration of K–12 public education to digital classrooms is accompanied by a wave of new technology solutions. Without intervention, various solutions from hardware and software companies and multi-state consortia may not be compatible. Working to ensure that students, teachers and administrators realize the full benefit of this new technology, Pacific Metrics, working with federal, state and private stakeholders, has assumed a leadership role in defining future interoperability standards and was recently recognized for these contributions by the EdTech community.
Interoperability standards are designed to support schools that in turn require multiple complex software systems to work together to adhere to strict confidentiality laws around student data and records requirements. Pacific Metrics employs experts in data interoperability and supports schools’ needs by investing these resources in development of software that uses the Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) standards. Senior software engineer Michael Aumock was recognized by the IMS Global Learning Consortium for his contributions to development of these standards at the 2013 Learning Impact conference in San Diego.
“Many states and districts engage multiple vendors for what are increasingly technology-enabled solutions and services. We can save states and districts considerable integration costs and hassles by adopting a common set of standards for all technology providers. Our vision is that technology should be easy to use, from the students who need to take a test all the way up to the technology coordinators for the district and state who need to comply with state and federal reporting,” explains Michael Aumock.
Aumock began his involvement with IMS Global (www.imsglobal.org) in July 2012, where IMS and Pacific Metrics assisted in the development of interoperability standards for the PARCC assessment consortium, Pacific Metrics and IMS successfully provided insight and direction to the implementation of interoperability standards in software development activities and current assessment programs. Aumock’s work in the area of interoperability standards helped the consortium further their mission “to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment.”
“Every year at Learning Impact, IMS Global Learning Consortium honors IMS participants who have gone above and beyond by providing superior leadership. In general, IMS participants are the leaders in various aspects of educational technology worldwide. Therefore, the individuals IMS recognizes are truly leaders among leaders. Mike Aumock, of Pacific Metrics, received an award for his superior leadership on the Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP) standard. Among his contributions was leadership in defining application programming interfaces (APIs) for custom interaction question types. This work has been pivotal in enabling adoption of the APIP standards as they help enable a new era of digital assessment,” says Rob Abel, CEO of IMS Global Learning Consortium.
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About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global)
IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS members are leading suppliers, institutions and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. IMS sponsors Learning Impact, a global awards program and conference to recognize the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability and quality.
About Pacific Metrics
Pacific Metrics Corporation creates lasting improvements to the assessment and learning environment through the thoughtful use of technology. Headquartered in Monterey, California, Pacific Metrics provides specialized psychometric software and sophisticated online systems to state departments of education and to organizations that develop, administer, and score large-scale and small-scale assessments. The company has achieved recognition for its technical work and for being a leading force in the development of innovative, customized, web-based systems. For more information, visit www.pacificmetrics.com.