1. Content Standards-Curriculum

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					1.0 Content Standards and Curriculum
   1.1 Content Standards/Benchmarks
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   1.2 Curriculum Design and Management
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1.3 Curriculum Review and Revision
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Content Standards and Curriculum
1.1 Content Standards/Benchmarks
           Ability to import or enter a fully developed database of existing content standards
           Provides for the definition and customization of content standards structure, hierarchy, and terminology
           Ability to manage multiple levels of content standards (i.e. content area, level, strand, standard, topic, benchmark)
           Ability to manage multiple sets of content standards (i.e. national, state district, and embedded content standards
           such as ELP, ICT, etc.)
           Ability to view and search content standards/benchmarks by applying multiple filters such as:
           a. by source or standard set
           b. by learning targets
           c. progression and prerequisite skills
           d. by state or district course or subject (i.e., Math, Reading, Science)
           e. by grade level and grade range (i.e., 2 to 4)
           f. by keyword(s) or concept(s)
           g. by ID number
           h. by level (i.e., strand, level, topic, benchmark)
           Provides the ability to link content standards and key learning progressions to any level of curriculum such as
           formative and summative assessments, assessment items, lesson plans, courses, units, objectives, activities, or
           Ability to view content standards and their links to assessments, assessment items, lesson plans, courses, units,
           objectives, activities, or resources
           Ability to search for content standards and link to instructional content aligned to the content standards at each
           Ability to designate the level to which a learning object is aligned to a standard (i.e. introducing, developing,
           Ability to search for content standards from one source (i.e. national content standards) and link to those content
           standards from a different source (i.e. state content standards)
           Provides the ability to drill down to the skill and sub-skill level for each of the content standards listed
           Provides the ability to see how content standards and benchmarks are addressed across grade levels to determine
           vertical alignment in the same subject/content area
           Ability to align multiple content standards to a curriculum object
1.2 Curriculum Design and Management
           Provides for the definition and customization of course curriculum terminology, hierarchy, and structures
           Ability to manage course descriptions for use in curriculum catalogs including skills covered and pre-requisites
           Ability to import or create a hierarchical database of subjects, courses, units, objectives, activities, and resources
           Supports the building or construction of curriculum maps to coordinate the curriculum both vertically and horizontally
           Supports the building or construction of scope and sequence
           Ability to link course content to course IDs, sections, and sessions (lab, lecture) from district student information
           Provides the ability to search, filter, and view for instructional materials (units, activities, assessments, and
           resources) by applying multiple filters such as:
           a. by keyword(s) or concepts
           b. by content standard(s) and learning element(s)
           c. by subject(s) and/or course(s) (integrated and interdisplinary)
           d. by grade or grade range
           e. by media type
           f. by digital and print publisher
           g. by author
           h. by taxonomy (Revised Bloom’s, etc.)
           i. by learning style (Gardner, etc.)
           j. by subgroups, including EC, AIG, etc.
           k. by learning style
           l. by creation/modification date
           m. by copyright date
           n. by location, e.g., eschool, career center, etc.
           o. by age appropriate criteria
           p. cost
           q. by organizational level (school, district, state)
           r. by rating
Provides the ability to load multiple, hierarchical, standards-aligned curriculum guides including tools for the creation,
management and deployment of all curricular components
a. for courses
b. for units
c. for objectives
d. for skills
e. for activities
f. for assignments
g. for resources
h. for assessments
Ability to load content standards-aligned instructional content from multiple sources
Provides ability to link instructional materials to one another (i.e., create a unit and link all the activities and resources
Provides the ability to align rubrics to both content standards and curriculum items
Provides the ability to include alternate strategies for teaching particular content standards depending on the learning
style, demographics, age, or other student attribute
Supports linking intervention strategies to provide scaffolding content for the learning needs of students
Provides ability for teachers to create new instructional materials (units, activities, resources and assessments) from
the lesson planner for their own use
Provides the ability to create resources including, but not limited to:
a. aligned to multiple content standards and multiple subjects
b. classified by subject and grade level
c. documented by the resource type (i.e. video, audio)
d. with a description of the resource.
e. with ability to attach a web address to the resource
f. with ability to attach a file (graphic, chart, spreadsheet, map) to the resource
g. which allow for streaming video for instructional delivery
Provides the ability to search, filter, and view resources including, but not limited to:
a. by standard/benchmark
b. by subject (i.e. Math, Science, Reading)
c. by grade or grade range (i.e. 2 to 4)
d. by skill or taxonomy
e. by keyword(s) or concept(s)
f. by resource type
g. by instructional strategy
h. by cost
i. by Lexile or Quantile level
Ability for teachers to copy district or school approved instructional materials and make their own modifications
Provides workflow ability for teachers to submit their instructional materials (units, activities, resources) for approval
and possible inclusion in a pool/repository of instructional materials
Provides teacher with the ability to select the level of dissemination to:
a. school
b. district
c. region
d. state
e. national
Provides workflow ability for appropriate personnel or curriculum reviewers to approve instructional materials
submitted by teachers for inclusion in a school, district, region, state or national pool/repository
Provides ability for administrators or curriculum reviewers to email commentary on submitted instructional materials
to the creator of the materials from within the application
Provides ability for teachers to view the status (submitted, pending, or approved) of instructional materials (units,
activities, resources) that have been submitted for district approval
Provides a structure whereby only certain users are granted review and approval permissions for those instructional
materials submitted for approval at each level (school/district/region/state/national)
Ability to remove or mark inactive instructional materials that are no longer used or approved by district or school by
users with appropriate privileges
Ability to do a wholesale removal of content, such as all content for a particular publisher, by users with appropriate
1.3 Curriculum Review and Revision
            Provides the ability to access resources and teacher lesson plans by appropriate personnel to review fidelity to the
            Provides the ability to identify gaps and overlaps in teacher instruction
            Provides the ability to track number of times a content standard is addressed in a course or grade level
            Provides the ability to determine if all content standards from a particular set are covered by a course or grade level
            Provides the ability to determine number of times a content standard is addressed in the curriculum
            Provides the ability to determine number of times a content standard is addressed in lesson plans
            Provides the ability to determine number of times a content standard is assessed
            Provides the ability to track content standards coverage and provide a view of a number of times each standard has
            been taught, and the number of times a lesson aligned to the standard is scheduled to be taught in the future for
            Provides the ability to produce reports or analysis regarding coverage of standards by content area, course, teacher,
            student, AYP group (EC, LEP, etc) or other user-defined group
            Provides the ability to create curriculum maps in various time intervals (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly)
            Provides the ability to refresh any part of the content area/ level/ strand/ standard/ topic/ benchmark hierarchy with
            Provides the ability to "rate" instructional content and enter reviews and comments
            a. by teacher
            b. by district
            c. generated by system based on student performance
2.0 Instructional Design, Practice, and Resources
   2.1 Develop and Plan
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2.3 Instructional Delivery
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2. 5 Communication and Collaboration (Teacher to Teacher, Teacher to Student, and Student to Studen
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Instructional Design, Practice, and Resources
2.1 Develop and Plan
            Provides the ability to view and search for instructional materials (units, activities, assessments, and resources) by
            a. by keyword(s) or concept(s)
            b. by content standard(s) and learning element(s)
            c. by subject(s) and/or course(s) (integrated and interdisplinary)
            d. by grade or grade range (i.e. 2 to 4)
            e. by media type
            f. by digital and print publisher
            g. by author
            h. by taxonomy (Revised Bloom’s, etc.)
            i. by learning style (Gardner, etc.)
            j. by subgroups, including EC, AIG, etc.
            k. by learning style
            l. by creation/modification date
            m. by copyright date
            n. by location, e.g., eschool, career center, etc.
            o. by age appropriate criteria
            p. cost
            q. by organizational level (school, district, state)
            r. by rating
            Provides ability to gather and link instructional materials to create a unit that includes activities and resources aligned
            to the content standards to be addressed by the unit
            Provides workflow ability for users to submit their instructional materials for approval and possible inclusion in a
            school wide repository of instructional materials
            Provides workflow ability for school administrators to submit their teachers’ instructional materials to a school or
            district-wide pool/repository of instructional materials
            Provides ability for administrators or curriculum reviewers to manage commentary on submitted instructional
            materials to the creator of the materials from within the application
            Provides ability for users to view the status (submitted, pending, approved) of instructional materials that have been
            submitted for district approval
            Provides the ability to seek help from instructional 'peers' using a variety of collaborative tools such as social
            networking and other strategies at the following levels:
            a. local
            b. regional
            c. state
            d. national
            e. global
            Provides a structure whereby only certain users are granted review and approval permissions for those instructional
            materials submitted for approval
            Ability for teachers to copy district or school approved instructional materials and make their own modifications
            Provides the ability for users to create resources
            a. aligned to multiple content standards, multiple learning targets, and multiple subjects
            b. classified by subject and grade or level
            c. with resource type documented (i.e. video, audio)
            d. with description of resource
            e. with ability to attach a web address
            f. with ability to attach a file (graphic, chart, spreadsheet, map)
            g. allowing for streaming video
            h. including a listing of community experts who can assist
            i. including best practices for all areas
            j. including an inventory list of guest speakers
            Provides the ability to differentiate developmental-appropriate activities for special students audiences
            Ability to search for and view a resource based several criteria
            a. by keyword(s) or concept(s)
             b. by content standard(s) and learning element(s)
             c. by subject(s) and/or course(s) (integrated and interdisplinary)
             d. by grade or grade range (i.e. 2 to 4)
             e. by media type
             f. by digital and print publisher
             g. by author
             h. by taxonomy (Revised Bloom’s, etc.)
             i. by learning style (Gardner, etc.)
             j. by subgroups, including EC, AIG, etc.
             k. by learning style
             l. by creation/modification date
             m. by copyright date
             n. by location, e.g., eschool, career center, etc.
             o. by age appropriate criteria
             p. cost
             q. by organizational level (school, district, state)
             r. by rating
2.2 Plan Book / Lesson Plans
             Provides ability to create a lesson plan by selecting a set of activities and assigning to an individual student, a group
             of students, or entire class for a particular timeframe
             Include continuum of resources for gifted, ESOL, EC and other student groupings
             Provides ability for users to create new instructional materials (units, activities, resources and assessments) from the
             Supports team teaching and other instructional scenarios where more than one staff member provides instruction to
             Permits users to create lesson plans with a common template
             a. with lesson aligned to multiple content standards, multiple learning targets, and multiple subjects
             b. with time required to complete the lesson
             c. with differing procedures for various student groups (i.e. ELL, AIG)
             d. with objectives to be covered in the lesson identified
             e. with free format teacher comments about the lesson
             f. with the ability to attach supplemental files (e.g., hand‑outs, assignment, assessments, supplemental information)
             g. with a list any assignments and/or assessments that are aligned with the lesson
             h. with the ability to document administrators’ comments
             i. with an area for prequisite skills and/or reflection piece
             Provides the ability to duplicate lesson plan for multiple class sections
             Provides the ability to roll content over from year to year
             Tracks lessons assigned to each student over the course of the student’s enrollment in the district
             Allows users to submit lesson plans, using a district approved template, for their principal or other designated
             Ability for administrators with appropriate permissions to view the lesson plans of those teachers in their building
             Provides for a formal review process of teacher-designed lesson plans using workflow for review by the curriculum
             Provides the ability to create and store lesson plans for substitutes, other teaching types- para-professionals, co
             Provides for a Student Learning Plan (SLP)
             a. including student’s strengths (free text)
             b. including student’s concerns (free text)
             c. including attribute category selections
             d. including additional comments (free text)
             e. including the ability for authorized users to edit the SLP
             Includes an archive of best practices and vetted and/or approved lesson plans from other
             Provides or is able to integrate with a content management system with ability to drag/drop lesson items to build a
             Accommodates blended learning modes
             Maintains lesson plans longitudinally
             Provides for peer rating on lesson plans/assessments
             Provides a calendar view (month, week, day) for lessons, assignments, assessments for teachers and students
             Calendar views supports personal appointments to be integrated with other entities in calendar
2.3 Instructional Delivery
             Allows for integration with integrated learning systems or any 3rd party system
             Provides functionality of or allows for integration with online systems such as Moodle, Blackboard, BrainHoney, etc.
            a. exports curriculum content and lesson plans including aligned content standards
            b. provides daily update of class rosters
            c. provides item selection from item bank for online system assessment
            d. imports assessment scores and item information from online system
            Provides a student search tool that allows users to find course material based on keyword
2. 4 Class Data Management
            Provide teachers with an overview of all of their course sections upon login
            a. including student roster
            b. including historical assessment results
            c. including historical grades
            d. including lessons planned for the day by class
            Provides teachers with various views of their lesson plans including daily, weekly, and monthly
            Provides ability for teachers to create differentiated learning groups based on data and reports
            Provides ability for teachers to create templates by student type
            Allows a student to be a member of multiple groups
            Allows differentiated lesson plans to be assigned to one or more groups
            Allows for team-teaching and sharing of lesson planning with support teachers
            Allows for tracking of external resources such as outside tutors, home schooling, etc.
            Allows the opportunity to track trend assessment data to detect teacher performance issues
            Ensures notification of new/withdrawn student is available to teachers immediately
2. 5 Communication and Collaboration (Teacher to Teacher, Teacher to Student, and Student to Student)
            Supports email outside the course as well as inside
            Provides for students to be able to self-select working groups via a sign-up sheet
            Provides for student discussion forums
            Permits student to submit assignments for group or individual grades
            Allows students to have a private group area to communicate and share files
            Allows student to change the status of their group from private to public when ready to share
            Permits instructors to give feedback to a whole group as well as individuals in the group
            Supports real-time chat such as Internet Relay Chat (IRC), instant messenger, or similar text exchanges
            Supports social networking collaboration tools
            Supports voice (VoIP) and video conferencing
            Supports electronic whiteboard for course delivery
3.0 Assessment and Growth
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3.3 Assessment Assignment and Delivery
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Assessment and Growth
3.1 Item Creation
             Ability to import and/or create a variety of item types to include, but not limited to, constructed response, multiple
             choice, matching, close stems, short, extended response, and essay
             Ability to import and/or create a variety of performance based assessment item to include, but not limited to, rubrics,
             anchor papers, multi-media and 3D artifacts, and teacher observations
             Ability to create student rubrics for student peer and/or self-assessment or appraisal on performance tasks
             Ability to align an item to one or more standard
             Ability to import item banks from other vendors and sources through QTI format
             Ability to export items in QTI format
             Allows staff to create items on the fly by copying and pasting from word processing documents or other files
             Allows authors with no HTML knowledge to create/add items
             Allows teachers to create items for their own use without external approvals and tagged as such
             Ability to restrict teachers from adding items or modifying existing items based on school preference
             Supports an approval workflow for items prior to being incorporated into a shared item bank to incorporate multiple
             reviews, dates, item ratings, comments, authorship and source; workflow can be turned on and off at various level,
             Allows for organizational levels for sharing items following workflow approval (grade level, school, district, state, etc.)
             Provides the capability of a predetermined quality assurance criteria for the approval process of items workflow
             Provides for table-driven enforcement of item creation and sharing rules rather than hard coded in software
             Allows all assessment items to be available for review by identified district staff in a predefined workflow
             Allows the use of external graphics software packages for the construction of assessment items
             Allows question text to be enhanced with underline, bold, italics, superscripts, subscripts, fractions, etc.
             Allows for mathematical equations, graphics editors, and other equation editing capabilities
             Requires the ability to include source, copyright designation, and permission documentation for assessment items
             Provides links between assessment items and their associated passages
             Supports the ability to keep all assessment items linked to passages grouped together
             Supports the ability to keep all assessment items linked to passages presented in the same order
             Maintains a reference table maintaining permissions and copyright data for items, passages, artwork and graphics
             Provides the ability to access, add, delete, and replace assessment items from the publisher’s assessment items by
             authorized personnel based on license rights by organization (class, school, district, etc.)
             Prohibits the modification of an item if copyrighted
             Provides the ability to search and/or filter items by:
             a. content standard and learning element
             b. benchmark
             c. tested benchmark
             d. indicator
             e. grade or grade range (i.e. 2 to 4)
             f. subject area
             g. curriculum objective
             h. difficulty level
             i. item type (multiple choice, true/false, open-ended, etc.)
             j. cognitive level
             k. depth of knowledge
             l. by taxonomy (e.g. Revised Bloom’s, etc.)
             m. author
             n. source
             o. keyword(s) or concept(s)
             p. teacher rating
             q. anchor items
             Stores and updates the following information for each item, where appropriate:
             a. complete description of the item
             b. assessment item
             c. scoring rules (correct answer, points for each response option, points for item)
             d. item answer incorrect responses
             e. item resources (resources needed to administer the items graphics, tools, passages, artwork, reference materials,
            f. item statistics (difficulty level quality of each distracter)
            g. assessment item history usage statistics
            h. scoring rubric
            i. item difficulty level and taxonomy
            j. point bi-serial
            k. p-value (probability)
            l. DIF - (differential item function)
            m. Lexile and Quantile level
            Maintains secure answer keys, scoring rubrics for polytomous items, and associated resources such as anchor
            papers, annotations, training sets, and qualifying sets
            Ability to store audio files, video files (adheres to most current content standards for presentation of video),
            interactive (e.g. Flash) objects, and test-taker tools (phyical and virtual) such as rulers, calculators, and protractors
            Allows for separation of district benchmark assessment items from other teacher-developed assessment items
            Provides the ability to secure items for district or school based assessments and items that teachers can access for
            classroom assessments
            Ability to mark items as "anchor items"
            Maintains an audit trail that identifies the person who creates, uses, modifies or deletes an item and includes
            permission levels for each action
            Provides evidence that assessment item has been reviewed by independent reviews/approvers
            Provides for recording author name and date of last modification by each item for documentation purposes
            Provides ability to store statistics relating to response times and strategies for computer-delivered items
3.2 Assessment Authoring and Creation
            Ability to flag an assessment as classroom, interim/benchmark, or summative assessments
            Capability to create or import both holistic, quality based rubrics and trait or analytical quantity-based rubrics to be
            attached to instructional components
            Capability for addition of teacher notes to the test taker
            Capability for addition of internal teacher notes for sharing regarding the use/effectiveness of the assessment
            Capability to identify/display explicit criteria in a variety of formats, to include but not limited to: samples of student work with connec
            Capability to create a scoring metric unique to instructional component whether a separate assignment or a
            component of a collection of products for an assignment. (i.e. research paper, project based-learning unit with varied
            process indicators and product requirements)
            Supports user control over layout/presentation, for example, ―what-you-see is what-you-get" (WYSIWYG) entry of assessment ques
            Supports HTML display formatting for text (e.g., bold, italics, colored fonts, etc.), images, sound, videos (adheres to
            most current content standards for presentation of video), and flash animation
            Provides the capacity for the teacher to turn on and off physical and virtual test taker tools, including rulers,
            protractors, and calculators
            Includes the ability to link to websites (URLs) as part of the assessment item with consideration of security issues
            Allows authors to create, edit, and delete their own assessments
            Allows author to determine if an assessment will be shared among other authors or if an assessment needs to be
            secure and protected from other authors
            Provides the ability to create, manage, and score different versions of the same test
            Tracks individual questions to specific content standards, skills, benchmarks, or competencies
            Tracks individual questions to specific units, objectives, activities, pacing guide, or instructional focus calendar
            Provides the ability to divide questions into groups on an assessment based on:
            a. topics
            b. content standards, learning targets, benchmarks, or indicators
            c. question type
            d. curriculum objective
            e. taxonomy (Revised Bloom’s, etc.)
            f. difficulty level
            Allows authors to provide prescriptions based on the results of the assessment for individuals and groups
            Allows random presentation of Items
            Allows assessment author to use "drag and drop" feature to order questions on the assessment
            Provides a spelling checker while in authoring mode
            Provides a grammar checker while in authoring mode
Provides thesaurus capability while in authoring mode
Provides grade-level vocabulary or synonym capability
Provides ability to include and identify use of national standard vocabulary, such as the SAT vocabulary lists
Accommodates paper-based assessments in multiple formats including:
a. rubric scored
b. observational
c. checklist
d. multiple choice
e. open ended
f. short-answer
g. grid-able
h. essay
i. true/false
j. drag and drop
Accommodates computer-based/online assessments in multiple formats including:
a. rubric scored
b. observational
c. checklist
d. multiple choice
e. open ended
f. short-answer
g. grid-able
h. essay
i. true/false
j. drag and drop
Accommodates computer-based simulation assessments
Supports district, school, and teacher-created tests
Provides security of school and district assessments to appropriate users
Allows assessments in the assessment bank to be copied, but not modified, by instructors, unless the user has
appropriate security permissions
Allows creation of customized benchmark tests, which correlate to state content standards
Allows for import and modification of tests acquired from publishers based on appropriate licensing
Provides ability to automatically generate assessment based on teacher selection of state content standards to be
assessed and number of items to be selected for each standard
Tracks teacher’s use of items to ensure that use is limited by predefined parameters
Stores assessments and makes them retrievable based on author, title, date, standards
Supports the creation of teacher-provided assistance questions (hints, scaffolding)
Allows selection of a collection of assessment items based on:
a. content standard and learning element
b. benchmark
c. tested benchmark
d. indicator
e. grade or grade range (i.e. 2 to 4)
f. subject area
g. curriculum objective
h. difficulty level
i. item type (multiple choice, true/false, open-ended, etc.)
j. cognitive level
k. depth of knowledge
l. by taxonomy (e.g. Revised Bloom’s, etc.)
m. author
n. source
o. keyword(s) or concept(s)
p. teacher rating
q. anchor items
Allows authors to create timed or un-timed tests
            Allows author to determine the number of items per assessment
            Allows the system to randomly select questions based upon predetermined criteria
            Allows the delivery of items for adaptive testing
            Allows the delivery of items in sequential order
            Ability to correlate items individually or a collection of items assessment items based on performance across time
            indicating collective p-value, distracter distribution percentages, and provide comparisons with selected comparative
3.3 Assessment Assignment and Delivery
            Supports online scheduling and rescheduling of assessments
            Schedules assessments and tracks them via an online calendar
            Provides ability for user to view assessments to be administered by:
            a. assessment name
            b. course/section
            c. subject
            d. grade level
            e. administration start date
            f. administration end date
            g. score due date
            Supports online delivery to students and scoring of assessments
            Ability for student and instructor users to access checklist against a scoring rubric for each item
            Tracks assessments and results assigned to each student over the time of the student’s enrollment in the district
            Provides accessibility options to meet presentation accommodations including, but not limited to:
            a. ability to self-select print size or magnification
            b. provides graphics and text-based user interfaces
            c. minimize scrolling difficulties
            d. ability to vary screen size
            e. minimize negative effects of magnification on graphics and tables
            f. ability to self-select audio (screen reader), alternate language, or signed versions of instructions and test items,
            g. ability to have instructions repeated as often as student chooses
            h. ability to vary audio speed and quality of audio presentation
            i. ability to use screen reader that converts text into synthesized speech or Braille
            j. ability to use alternative text or "alt tags" for images
            k. ability to use color contrast for background and overlying text
            l. ability to flag existence of tactile graphics or three-dimensional models
            m. ability to accommodate visually impaired students
            Provides accessibility options to meet response options including, but not limited to:
            a. mouse click
            b. keyboard
            c. touch screen
            d. speech recognition
            e. assistive devices to access the keyboard (i.e. mouth stick or head wand)
            Includes online help during testing session if assessment takers need assistance with the ability to turn function on or
            Provides the capacity for an online interactive tutorial one must complete before beginning the official, timed test; this
            can occur at a different session if needed
            Permits linking to a web page or instructional resource based upon assessment score
            Permits linking to a web page or instructional resource based upon the results of each question
            Allows for the display of feedback for each question following submission of assessment
            Allows tests to be taken online using workstations, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones
            Allows test to be administered via interactive whiteboard
            Allows tests to be taken using handheld responders
            Tracks the test-taker’s access to assessments and when appropriate restricts based upon parameters set by district
            a. number of times accessed
            b. date and time of access
            c. assessment time limit
            Provides virtual tools required for student response to questions (e.g., rulers, protractors, etc.)
            Provides the ability to control time limits for the administration of an assessment
            Provides the option to accept results if time limits are exceeded
           Allows for un-timed question blocks (time out) to provide introductions/information
           Allows for the ability to display time remaining on assessment
           Provides warning when time is about to expire
           Allows for the option of a student comment box during assessment to provide feedback to the person who assigned
           Allows author to determine whether or not the results will be displayed to the student upon completion of the
           Allows for the delivery of assessments via Web any time, anywhere (guided by district policy)
           a. based on a pre-determined access schedule (day, time, period, etc.)
           b. by manual open/close by teacher or proctor
           c. restricted to browser assessment environment only (restricts access to other web applications)
           d. restricted to a range of IP addresses
           Prevents ―accidental‖ exiting from assessment
           Prevents printing, screen captures, saving to HTML, and viewing of HTML source during assessment session
           Ability to lock down browser environment, specially during high stakes assessments
           Provides the option to require proctor’s name and password before assessment is started
           Assigns an online assessment only to a student or group of students for whom the assessment author has security
           Provides for limiting test administrator's/teacher's login from a range of IP addresses
           Requests sufficient student identification as required by state/district to prove identity based on industry best
           practices, such as Student ID and password
           Provides for checking student password against a valid security database, LDAP, or other single sign-on strategy
           Provides for a predetermined number of student assessment takers
           Allows test administrator/teacher to schedule assessments for students and only permits scheduled assessments to
           Allows assessments to be scheduled to individual students
           Provides for limiting access to an assessment within date limits
           Provides for encryption of question and answer data
           Supports the ability for students taking the online assessment to change answers for each section of the assessment
           before submitting the test
           Allows continuous and automatic saving of student responses during an assessment
           Supports the ability for students taking the online assessment to randomly answer questions
           Requires students taking the online assessment to answer a specific question before going to the next question
           Provides the option to shuffle choices in lists each time answer options are presented
           Provides detailed directions for assessment administration
           Enables test administrators/proctors to modify detailed directions
           Allows for modifications of the font size, background color, and organization of the assessment sections based on
           age, grade, and special needs of individual students
           Allows assessment instructions to be customized and adapted based on age, grade, and special needs of individual
           Provides audio/reading of assessment items to students (and their responses)
           Provides accommodations for visually impaired students
           Ability to customize (or develop accomodations for) assessment to student’s attention span and abilities by using
           fewer items based on age, grade, and special needs of individual students
           Provides ability for teachers to view and print out assessment booklets and rubrics
           Produces answer forms on regular paper for each student
           Provides ability to produce pre-slugged answer sheets for teachers to print in class on plain paper
           Answers forms must include a machine readable unique student identifier
           Supports direct data entry of student results for off-line testing when no scanner is available
3.4 Assessment Scoring
           Allows for rubric-grading scales of assessment items
           Allows district to perform calculations on student scores
           Provides for the management of growth of students by raw score and proficiency level (Level 1, 2, 3, 4)
           Allows analysis of a collection of assessment items based on:
           a. probability (item discrimination index)
           b. reliability (index)
           c. validity (data)
           Ability to sort assessments by content standards or strands by:
           a. raw scores
           b. percent correct
           c. mean score
            d. weighted score
            e. percentiles
            f. stanines
            g. medians
            h. standard deviations
            i. range
            j. grade equivalent score
            k. performance categories
            l. quartiles
            Provides the ability to compute statistics based upon whether the item was used in a formative or summative
            Scores each individual standard assessed
            Provides scoring rubrics for teacher assessment of open-ended/constructed response and essay items
            Identifies students who did not take a required assessment
            Calculates scores based on the number of questions answered in the timeframe allowed as well as the performance
            Imports and exports scores to other systems
            Provides the ability to enter a scoring target
            Provides for the weighted scoring of a question and response
            Identifies possible scanning and scoring errors
            Ability to identify plagiarism in student responses
            Permits administrating tests online, on multipage plain paper forms, and/or on Optical Mark Reader (OMR) forms
            Provides ability to create assessment keys, and pre-slugged answer sheets.
            Provides method for having locally scanned results populate online reporting system
            Provides ability to manually adjust or override scanned scores
            Allows manually entering assessment results in lieu of scanning
            Allows manually entering score for open ended questions
            Supports the use of handheld devices for use by the teacher for attendance collection and grading entry purposes
            Supports the 3 parameter Rasch Model of Item Response Theory (IRT)
3.5 Assessment Organization
            Permits teachers to schedule either an assignment or assessment into their and their students’ individual calendars
            Includes the ability to attach criteria of expected performance (i.e. rubric) to the assignment
            Provides the ability to schedule recurring assignments or classroom activities on the calendar
            System allows for grading (traditional and content standards based) of assessments and attendance tracking through
            a single teacher interface
            Supports team teaching and sharing of assessment information with support teachers
            Provides for a class seating chart for tracking of students attendance during instruction or assessment activities
            System allows for weighting of each assignment/assessment category created towards final marking period grade
            System graphically supports the use of advanced grading techniques such as rubric-based grading and assessment
            Provides for seamless grade movement at the end of reporting period to district Student Information System for
            Provides ability to access and/or import state assessment results such as ACCESS, EOGs, EOCs, VoCATs
            Provides ability to access and/or import state assessment results such as ACCESS, EOGs, EOCs, VoCATs
            Provides ability to access and/or import state assessment results such as ACCESS, EOGs, EOCs, VoCATs
amples of student work with connections to rubric or score expectations



YSIWYG) entry of assessment questions and answers from a web browser
4.0 Professional Development
      4.1 Staff Proficiencies
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      4.2   Individual Professional Development Plans (PDP)
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4.3 Staff Development Programs
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4.4 Staff Development Program Management and Integration
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      4.4.7
4.5 Staff Development Reporting
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0 Professional Development
    4.1 Staff Proficiencies
                 Enables the storage, retrieval, and alignment of staff proficiencies by:
                 a. skills
                 b. knowledge
                 c. behavioral attributes
                 Provides the ability to store staff proficiencies by:
                 a. individual employee
                 b. job classification
                 c. certification/licensure
                 d. grade level
                 e. subject area
                 f. staff development offering
                 Accommodates the linking of staff proficiencies to:
                 a. subject areas
                 b. course descriptions/course catalog
                 c. grade level
                 d. individual staff
                 e. group of staff
                 Allows proficiencies to be linked to:
                 a. school level (pre-k, elementary, middle, high school)
                 b. job title(s)
                 c. employee(s)
                 d. staff development program
                 e. content standards/curriculum
                 f. assessment strategies
                 g. instructional resources
                 h. student needs
                 i. school improvement plans
                 j. school district strategic plan
                 Provides the ability to sort and catalog staff proficiencies by:
                 a. proficiencies required
                 b. proficiencies mastered
                 c. outstanding proficiencies required but not mastered
                 Provides ability to 'test out' of proficiencies
                 Provides ability to pre-populate skills based on criteria for specific groups
    4.2   Individual Professional Development Plans (PDP)
                 Provides individual professional development plans that include:
                 a. alignment to content standards
                 b. links to the school improvement plan
                 c. permits updating of objectives by end user with supervisor approval process
                 d. track date of objective creation or modification
                 e. accommodates career ladder opportunities
                 f. links to end of course exams
                 g. growth/career plans aligned to content standards with self reporting and used as basis for evaluations
                 h. links to student assessment data
                 i. demographic information consistent with state data reporting requirements
                 Provides a staff development profile summary for each employee that includes:
                 a. school assignment(s)
                 b. teaching assignment(s) (grade or content area for example)
                 c. position type
                 d. job classification
                 e. certification/licensure
                 f. degrees
                 g. project role/responsibility
           h. committees
           i. extra curricular activities
           j. certification renewal data
           k. mentoring program activity
           l. leadership activities
           m. special recognitions, organizational membership, community activities
           o. formal evaluations on record (supervision and evaluation history)
           p. informal annotations and anecdotal comments by supervisors
           q. compensation structure
           Maintains management of proficiencies acquisition to include:
           a. list of proficiencies that need to be acquired, based upon class, school or district data
           b. projected proficiencies acquisition dates
           c. actual proficiencies acquisition dates
           d. description of how proficiencies will be obtained
           e. proficiency fit and gap analysis
           f. supports an analysis of all school district required versus acquired proficiencies by staff member
           g. ability to test out of proficiency assessments/activities
           h. ability to pre-populate as appropriate
            Provides role-based access to (with respect to class, school, or district role):
           a. view individual professional development plans
           b. edit or establish additional staff development proficiencies
           c. track staff development needs at school, district , county, regional , and state levels
           Provides for an individual professional development plan approval process that:
           a. allows employees to submit professional development plans online
           b. enables reviewers to approve plans online
           c. provides a process to make modifications
           d. provides the capacity to archive plans
           e. provides alerts/notifications of deadlines
           e. allows employees to view status of plans
           f. generates reports on plan status
4.3 Staff Development Programs
           Provides templates for developing a staff development program that includes:
           a. rationale and purpose for the proposed staff development program
           b. list of the specific staff proficiencies that are embedded in the proposed staff development activities
           c. a rubric for assessing mastery of each of the staff proficiencies embedded in the staff development experience
           d. a link to specific curricular, assessment, instructional activities, and/or instructional resources for each of the
           staff proficiencies embedded in the staff development offering
           e. brief description of the assessment strategies, such as project, test, observation, and/or a combination thereof
           f. type of instructional delivery method (webinars, lecture, independent study, etc.)
           g. type of physical and/or digital learning environment required
           h. duration as well as start/end date
           i. related prerequisites and/or learner assumptions
           j. state content standards for professional development
           k. evaluations
           l. follow-up activities
           Sorts staff development programs by:
           a. school
           b. school type (does this mean magnet, charter, etc?)
           c. school level (ES, MS, HS)
           d. school AYP status
           e. grade level
           f. proficiencies
           g. subject area
           h. content standards
           i. employee classification
           j. timeframe
           k. student needs
           l. keyword(s) or concept(s)
           Accommodates various types of staff development program delivery:
           a. classroom
           b. virtual/distance learning
           c. web-based
           d. audio conferencing
           e. independent study kit
           f. project-based program
           g. coaching models of train the trainer, coach-mentor
           h. lesson studies groups, professional learning communities and collaboration by teachers
           Has the ability to provide mandatory training or links to training such as:
           a. IIS
           b. Internet safety training
           c. federal, state, school district, or school required training, e.g.. Sexual harassment training, HIPA, FERPA
           d. training assigned to the staff member by a principal or district director
           Provides mandatory training that is designed in such a way as to:
           a. have built-in assessments, track, check as complete
           b. track user participation
           c. upon successful completion, record a 'check as completed' in the employees profile
           Provides the ability to create staff development program evaluations including, but not limited to these question types:
           a. single line of text
           b. multiple lines of text
           c. multiple choice by drop down
           d. rating scale
           Automatically updates employees' individual professional development plan (PDP) upon completion of mandatory training
4.4 Staff Development Program Management and Integration
           Accommodates staff development registration/updates and…
           a. integrates with human resources management and payroll system
           b. permits staff to receive proficiency updates
           c. enables credit for externally offered staff development
           d. provides the capability to maintain a staff development calendar
           e. provides the capacity to create an electronic catalog of staff development offerings
           f. is searchable by: proficiency, grade level, content area, credit type, location, content standards, district , certificate
           categories, and state/school initiatives
           g. allows for individuals to register/unregister themselves (add/drop) online
           h. allows for open enrollment and pre-approval registration
           i. allows for links to online professional development and staff development activities being offered by organizations
           other than the school district
           j. allows notification that course is available for needed proficiencies so teacher doesn’t have to search
           k. allows logging of historical courses for certification
           l. allows notification to payroll when course is completed for consideration of stipend or pay adjustment
           m. provides a transcript of courses taken for in-service and/or certificate renewal
           n. allows for batch emails to registered participants in the event of cancellation, date/time change, etc
           o. allows course listing to include an overview of the class with objectives
           Provides for online registration by all users from any Internet, browser-based device so that:
           a. users can register or seek approval to register for all courses online
           b. users can drop themselves from any course for which they have registered, with appropriate "drop" notifications
           as necessary, for example email to supervisor
           c. users can change their password via web site
           d. users can recover their password via e-mail
           e. users are blocked from double-booking of events
           f. users get registration, reminder, and cancellation notification via email
           Provides a waiting list for each staff development program that includes:
           a. auto-registration and email notification once an opening becomes available (first come, first served)
           b. administrative waitlist management
            c. instructor can manage wait list and add/delete individuals to the class; including manual override of maximum
            Manage class session attendance and results including the capacity to:
            a. view roster of all registered participants
            b. print pre-formatted scannable sign-in sheet
            c. add walk-in attendees
            d. submit session attendance online
            e. submit final assessment results
            f. batch enrollment by user profile characteristics (e.g., grade level, subject taught, employee classification)
            g. Assign proficiency levels based upon competency attainment
            Provides the ability to schedule courses including:
            a. multiple sessions of the same activity
            b. easy assignment of locations and instructors without retyping
            c. assignment of pre-approved instructors to a course or session
            d. management of a list of pre-approved staff development locations
            e. block scheduling of training rooms/facilities
            f. capacity to identify and track substitute costs for staff development requests
            g. capacity for approver to execute batch approvals
            h. capacity to track proficiencies, credits, and/or seat time
            i. links to an accounts payable module for staff development related costs
            j. alignment to strategic goals and student learning targets.
            Provides the ability to create staff development assessment activities for each course or activity with the following question types:
            a. single line of text
            b. multiple lines of text
            c. multiple choice by drop down
            d. rating scale by drop down
            e. project rubric
            f. provides ability for administrators to export staff development results to Microsoft Excel for analysis
            g. provides the ability to make staff development evaluations anonymous or named
            h. provides for the tracking and reporting of individuals by position type (classified, certified, admin, etc.)
            i. provides for the tracking and reporting of individuals by job title (teacher, principal, para-professional, etc.)
            Provides the ability to search, filter, and view staff development offerings whether offered by the school district or other organization
4.5 Staff Development Reporting
            Provides standard pre-formatted reporting of:
            a. proficiency acquisition by staff members
            b. registration tracking by activity section
            c. activity participation summary by school district
            d. activity participation summary by school
            e. individual user staff development report
            f. staff development request report
            g. staff development participation report
            h. individual staff proficiency attainment summary
            i. staff development evaluation reports and summary
            j. total planned track of courses over several years and show current status against this plan
            Maintains the following information from professional development offerings:
            a. offering name
            b. offering dates
            c. offering description/proficiencies
            d. staff development provider
            e. delivery type
            f. course proficiencies provided
            g. course proficiencies obtained
            h. link to job/regulation certifications
            i. performance objectives
            j. data on proficiency levels
            k. membership data
            l. professional licenses/affiliations
m. flag if taken for in-service and/or certificate renewal
n. career paths/aspirations
o. flag if credit earned internal or external to school district
Maintains performance and/or supervision and evaluation history, including:
a. workflow
b. tools
c. forms
Allows for unlimited entries of performance history data
these question types:




etion of mandatory training
with the following question types:




school district or other organizations
5.0 Learner Portfolio and Artifact Repository
      5.1 Demographic and Grade Information
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5.2 Individual Student Assessment Information
     5.2.1
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     5.2.3
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     5.2.7
5.3 ELL/LEP and Learning Styles
     5.3.1 Provides the capability to store student learning plans (SLP) including:




     5.3.2 Provides for storage and access to selected Special Services Data including (multiple records per student):




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     5.3.7
5.4 Portfolio Management
     5.4.1
     5.4.2
     5.4.3
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     5.4.5
     5.4.6
     5.4.7
     5.4.8
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0 Learner Portfolio and Artifact Repository
    5.1 Demographic and Grade Information
               Provides role based access to demographic information (name, address, home phone number, date of birth, gender,
               ethnicity) including:
               a. capability to accommodate unique student numbers with a minimum of 10 digits
               b. supports name and address fields up to 60 characters per field
               c. ability to store, import, and track an unlimited number of unique student identifiers
               d. capability to store student photographs or pictures with parental approval for media releases, security purposes,
               e. ability to sort and/or filter by all demographic fields, including AYP subgroups
               f. parent contact information
               Provides role based access to special program information as defined by the state and district such as:
               a. economic status (migrant classification, homeless, other)
               b. special education status (need to add ESOL/ELL, LEP)
               c. gifted and talented status
               d. special programs (i.e. dual language/immersion, A+ schools)
               e. AP courses, post secondary enrollment, IB, virtual school information
               Provides ability to protect sensitive information according to district, state and/or federal guidelines by supporting:
               a. role-based controls on printing and emailing
               b. auto logoffs
               c. temporary alerts for teachers
               d. role-based controls on downloading files to desktop (to address FERPA guidelines)
               Provides role based access to enrollment and attendance history including:
               a. school year
               b. school/building
               c. grade level
               d. days enrolled
               e. school entry/withdrawal dates
               f. days absent
               g. days tardy
               h. class absence/tardy/missed instructional minutes
               i. absence reasons according to a uniform definition across districts
               Provides role based access to discipline information including:
               a. suspension rate with ability to differential between in school and out of school
               b. incidents (time, place, teacher) for both classroom and non-classroom situations
               c. discipline alerts or flags for all environments including but not limited to bus, playground, and other nonstudent
               Provides role based access to report card information from current and previous school years including:
               a. school year
               b. term
               c. course
               d. period
               e. teacher
               f. grade/mark
               g. course absences
               h. credits, both earned and missing
               i. class assignments and assessments
               j. class assessment results
               Provides role based access to academic history and transcript or early warning information including:
               a. time frames (school year, term, period)
               b. course
               c. teacher
               d. grade/mark
               e. credit earned
               f. retention
               g. credit recovery
               h. interventions
             i. summer school
             j. course entry/withdrawals
             k. term
             l. GPA
             m. graduation cohort
             n. graduation requirements met or not met
             Required permissions and compliance tracking (ability to make some required and optional (with yes or no field)
             a. AUP student
             b. Photo Release Form
             c. Talent Waiver
             d. Ethical and Safe User
5.2 Individual Student Assessment Information
             Provides ability to store or provide access to all state assessment results such as EOG (Grades 3-8), EOC (9-12),
             and Writing Instructional System (Grade 10)
             Provides ability to store or provide access to other district and teacher-made benchmark assessments
             Provides flexibility to add district and state assessments
             Provides ability to store or provide access to other assessments such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, DIBELS, etc.
             Provides ability to store or provide access to assessments for special populations such as ELL/LEP and AIG
             Provides access to all assessment data from outside of Instructional Improvement System in a student identifiable
             format including but not limited to:
             a. school year
             b. assessment data
             c. assessment name
             d. section/subtest
             e. score
             f. performance level
             g. performance by standard if available
             Stores all assessment information managed within Instructional Improvement System longitudinally
5.3 ELL/LEP and Learning Styles
     5.3.1 Provides the capability to store student learning plans (SLP) including:
              a. inventory of competencies, learning style, credits, and gaps in skills
              b. learning styles / student strengths
              c. credits
              d. gaps and learning goals
              e. RTI (tier 1, tier 2, tier 3)
              f. career and college planning
              g. gaps in graduation requirements
     5.3.2 Provides for storage and access to selected Special Services Data including (multiple records per student):
              a. type/handicap
              b. program
              c. event date
              d. entry date
              e. exit date
              f. next IEP date
              g. redetermination date
              h. IEP teacher ELL/LEP Teacher and Title I Service Provider, Mentor Teacher, Advisor, Academy Teacher, Academy
              Leader, Special Advisor for Graduation Project??
              i. undergoing evaluation (Y/N)
              j. ELL/LEP
              i. Title 1
              j. 504
              k. transitory impairment (for a medical condition of 6 months or less)
              Maintains a history of the student's participation in special education
              Provides for access to note section in IEP storage that allows permission-based access to:
              a. IEP meeting decisions
              b. options considered/rejected
           c. discussion of regular education participation, accommodations, or modifications
           d. discussion of assessment participation
           e. graduation consideration
           f. discipline plan
           g. log of changes or revisions made after meetings
           Provides for storage and/or access to plans
           a. plans (IEP, 504, ELL/LEP, transitory impairment documentation)
           b. accomodations and modifications for IEP, 504, ELL/LEP, transitory impairment documentation
           Identifies waiver information granted
           Adheres to any state mandated content standards for ELL/LEP and 504 data
5.4 Portfolio Management
           Supports the storage of Student Portfolios (examples of work) and be available for assessment purposes in
           Ability to maintain archival electronic versions of selected group and/or individual projects, such as a writing sample
           Includes compression for storage / decompression to view within the product
           Provides storage capacity sufficient per class/student to manage a learning improvement portfolio for Middle School
           students and planning portfolio for High School students which could include a self-directed culminating project
           Stores student awards and certificates, internships, independent studies, extra curricular activities, community
           Provides a vetting and approval process for storage of portfolio items.
           Provides the ability to include anecdotal info e.g. behavior/articulation
           Ability to document conference w/parent or student & intervention status
           Archival capacity, download capability, and storage issues
           Download capability with permissions
6.0 Data Analysis and Reporting
      6.1 Teacher Perspective
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0 Data Analysis and Reporting
    6.1 Teacher Perspective
                Ability for teachers to view a variety of classroom-level assessments reports for their students:
                a. content standards mastery – assessment results by student by standard for a particular time period
                b. item analysis – assessment results by student by item (including distracter choice)
                c. skill analysis – assessment results by student by skill
                d. assessment trends - assessment results over time displayed graphically by standard
                e. determines best fit for learning trend (mean, power law, last assessment, etc.)
                f. displays how many times a content standard has been assessed
                g. list of content standards not yet planned, taught, assessed, or mastered by class or student
                h. displays a confidence band
                Provides ability for the teacher to view assessment results by proficiency levels on the sections and subsections by:
                a. student
                b. class section
                Provides ability by role based access to view and compare assessment results by proficiency levels (and when
                available projected growth) by content standards addressed by:
                a. student
                b. class section
                c. school
                d. district
                e. region
                f. state
                When graphically viewing student performances on an assessment, each performance level indicator functions as a
                live link to a list of student names that represents a given performance level
                Provides a report that shows item, skill, assessment and standard analysis that would define strengths and
                a. student
                b. lesson/assessment
                c. cohort
                d. class section
                e. all class sections by course
                Provides a report that shows an analysis of questions for a single assessment including but not limited to:
                a. a graphical analysis of the question outcomes
                b. item type
                c. item difficulty
                d. reading level
                e. list of answers given
                Provides the ability to report on a student’s performance on a assessment by identifying the assessment item, its
                score, the content standards attempted, and the time student took to complete each assessment item
                Once assessments are scored by the system, the results are immediately accessible
                Creates a table of students and assessments showing scores achieved for each assessment. Weighting can be
                applied and overall and total scores calculated.
                Provides the ability to graph individual student assessment scores for a particular standard over a user-defined
                Provides real-time link to units/activities for instructional intervention or extension based on content standards
                assessed and their results
                Generates, at teacher option, paper and/or electronic reports of student performance for parents
                Allows reports to be sent to parents or students via e-mail or posted to parent/student portal
                Allows district to determine frequency of emails sent and posting of reports to portal
                Provides for a teacher dashboard summarizing class assessment results
                Provides a report that presents the results for all assessments taken by a particular student
                Provides real time ―data dashboard‖ capability to monitor and quickly identify students at-risk of not meeting content
                Provides comprehensive student profile including:
                a. student demographics
                b. student class schedule
                c. teacher grade book by class
                d. class assessments
             e. student transcript (attendance, GPA, credit earned)
             f. summative assessment results
             g. student's IEP
             h. parent contact information


             I. discipline
             j. graduation cohort group
             k. graduation requirements met/not met
6.2   Administrator/Principal Perspective
             Provides a report that analyzes assessments for lowest quartile, graduation cohorts, at-risk grads, and early warning
             system levels with aggregation, comparison, and drill down capabilities to the level of:
             a. student
             b. teacher
             c. class section
             d. grade level
             e. school
             f. district
             g. state
             g. state
             Provides a report which shows which student has taken which assessment at the classroom level
             Provides an assessment overview that shows how many students have taken each assessment and provides base
             statistics such as average score both in table and graphical formats
             Ability to track growth across assessments over time on all performance measures such as Lexile/Quantile level,
             content standards, skills, etc.
             Provides longitudinal item analysis and assessment data for individual students and groups of students (schools,
             teacher, programs, etc.)
             Provides the ability to compute and display classroom averages, school averages, and school district averages for all
             testing information
             Provides the ability to track students or classes on content standards scores from year to year
             Capable of producing reports by the individual student, groups of student (class, demographic, performance levels,
             cohort over multiple years) for single and multiple assessments noting performance
             Provides the ability to compare groups of students or schools on content standards scores
             Provides one-point-in-time reports as well as multi-year trend analysis by true cohort
             Allows school district to analyze specific goals and content standards by schools or groups of students
             Provides the ability to compare assessment scores for similar tests from year to year for a student
             Aggregates and disaggregates data by school district, schools, grade level, class, teacher, content standards,
             Provides for an ad hoc reporting tool for "power users" to create custom reports, dashboards and other data analysis
             Provides for easy query techniques such as paint over, drill down, and logging particular queries as favorites as they
             are defined for simple future reference
             Allows for school district staff to publish as favorites certain specific queries to users of the system at different roles
             such as central office staff, principals, counselors, and teachers uniquely
             Provides real time ―data dashboard‖ capability to monitor and quickly identify students at-risk of not meeting high-
             stakes content standards
             Provides real time ―data dashboard‖ capability to monitor and quickly identify students that are not on track for
             graduating from high school on time
             Provides learner profile and longitudinal assessment information from the time a student enters school
             Ability to transfer existing assessment data from previous schools and districts (if not a state-wide system)
             Provides an alert for any student who needs a personalized education plan (PEP) based on failing a math or
             language arts EOG or EOC or classes required for promotion, based on LEA-defined requirements.
6.3   Parent Perspective
             Supports a single-family login to a portal supporting access to all students in family
             Provides comprehensive student profile including:
             a. student demographics
             b. student schedule
             c. attendance
             d. grades
             e. discipline
             f. class assessments and assignments
             g. activities, lessons, or resources to help student reach content standards not yet mastered
             h. student transcript
             i. summative assessment results
             j. student progress toward degree credits
             Provides for class specific information that optionally permits:
             a. class announcements
             b. teacher phone and e-mail contacts
             c. class syllabus
             d. homework assignments
             Ability to provide information and communications to parents in home language, including but not limited to:
             a. Spanish
             b. Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Zhongwen, Shanghai/Wu)
             c. Hmong/Hmong-Mien/Hmongie/Chaug
             d. Vietnamese
             e. Arabic/Egyptian/Lebanese Syrian
             f. Korean
             g. French
             h. Russian
             i. Hindi/Indian/Urdu
             j. Gujarati/Gujarathi
6.4   Student Perspective
             Provides access to portal containing comprehensive student profile including:
             a. student demographics
             b. student class schedule
             c. teacher grade book by class
             d. class assessments
             e. student transcript
             f. summative assessment results
             g. student progress toward degree credits
             Provides for access to classroom specific web pages that optionally permits:
             a. class announcements
             b. teacher phone and e-mail contacts
             c. class syllabus
             d. homework assignments
             e. homework lockbox for student submission of work
             f. links to videos and Podcasts
             Permits students to access career or individual learning plans (ILPs) and analyze their performance on content
             standards to meet their goals
             Supports communication to student's phone devices via text messaging or email
6.5   Common Reporting Capabilities
             Ability to create a report using a combination of student, teacher, school, staff development, and assessment
             Provides the ability to create and display results in a variety of formats including, but not limited to:
             a. table
             b. bar graph
             c. pie chart
             d. trend line
             e. report
             f. dashboard
             Allows for all data elements to be available for reporting
             Provides a meta-data model
             Allows for separate and unique connections to disparate data sources in remote locations as well as to its own
             internal sources simultaneously
             Provides the ability to store the complete assessment history for all students
Tracks assessment raw score, percentile, assessment date, pass/fail status, grade level when taken
Provides pre-formatted reports, based on system data, in easy to understand formats (e.g., color coding, bar graphs,
pie charts, tables, etc.)
Provides ability to create ad hoc reports
Provides guidelines for the interpretation of assessment results
Provides for easy export of or publishing data queried for end users to applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word,
Provides for a single sign on for teachers, parents, and students
Portal is designed to serve the needs of teachers, parents and students providing real time information
Portal provides for a customized user interface based upon user role and job function
Portal user interface permits role-based access to information, dashboards, and IIS functional modules
Portal organization includes top tabs to enter different areas of IIS functionality with customizable side tabs to
delineate more detailed information
Supports not only web-based access to academic information, but also supports more advanced ―push technologies‖
such as automated email notification systems
Supports communication to phone devices via text messaging or email
7.0 Documentation, Training, and Support
      7.1 Documentation Print/Online
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      7.2 Live Trainer
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            7.2.3
            7.2.4
            7.2.5
            7.2.6
            7.2.7
            7.2.8
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      7.3 Webinar/Video Training
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       7.3.5
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       7.3.6
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7.4   Helpdesk Application Support
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7.5 Support for Technical Staff
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7.6 Product Upgrades and Enhancements
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       7.6.2
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0 Documentation, Training, and Support
    7.1 Documentation Print/Online
                 Provides online and print versions of documentation with internal hotlinks to include:
                 a. IIS modular description
                 b. FAQs
                 c. procedural "how to" documentation, step by step manual
                 d. administrator's user guide
                 e. Quick Start user guide
                 Provides end-users (students, parents, teachers, and administrators) with online help that is context sensitive and is
                 searchable with predictive searching:
                 a. keyword(s), concept(s), metatag, or phase
                 b. index or table of contents
                 c. procedural help with specific tasks
                 d. media type
                 Provides end-users (students, parents, teachers, and administrators) with online tutorials that are of a procedural
                 nature in the use of all IIS system components
                 Includes a complete technical manual and data dictionary, including installation procedures, table definitions, data
                 formats for text, images, and metadata, links between and among tables, complete descriptions of all table elements,
                 data flow descriptions and diagrams, detailed descriptions of all steps required to maintain and update the database,
                 and complete technical documentation, including online and printable (.pdf) versions
                 a. system administrators
                 b. application programmers
                 c. database administrators
                 d. system integrators
                 e. report developers
                 Provides users the ability to subscribe, unsubscribe, and receive notifications of:
                 a. new revisions of documentation differentiated by topic
                 b. best practices documents
                 c. IIS procedural documents
                 d. function updates
                 e. security updates
                 f. emergency notifications
                 Provides "push technology" to alert all users of new/modified documents as appropriate based on roles such as:
                 a. new revisions of documentation
                 b. best practices documents
                 c. IIS procedural documents
                 d. function updates
                 e. security updates
                 f. emergency notifications
                 Provides for archiving IIS 'best practices' documents or other electronic media
                 Tracks usage statistics for online help, especially FAQs, which include a "Was this helpful?" component
    7.2 Live Trainer
                 Provides training description and syllabi for all training courses as well as flowchart showing recommended sequence and prerequis
                 Provides 'quick-start' procedural sheets to aid users in getting started using the IIS
                 Provides onsite, offsite, and virtual training on various IIS modules organized around district roles or job functions
                 Provides the option to train all district users, providing materials available to do each task
                 Provides training on IIS best practices
                 Provides a demonstration environment with hands-on experience
                 Provides an evaluation component with data reported
                 Provides a trainer with experience and indepth knowledge of the system
                 Manages end-user registration with reminder notification and addition to personal calendar
    7.3 Webinar/Video Training
                 Provides the ability to view on-demand videos of IIS training on a modular basis
                 Provides IIS training videos that are produced using professional tools such as Camtasia, Robohelp, or Flash
                 Provides IIS training that satisfies federal 508 compliance such as videos with sub-titles and audios with transcripts
             Permits the district to edit training videos for internal district use
             Provides the ability to view on-demand videos on effective practice
             Provides IIS training through company interactive webinars at regularly scheduled intervals
             Allows customers to archive vendor provided IIS training for later re-broadcast within the district for the purposes of training district p
             Manages end-user registration with reminder notification and addition to personal calendar
7.4   Helpdesk Application Support
             Provides Knowledge Base and FAQ related to End User support
             Provides telephone support hours Monday through Friday for at least 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. local time, Eastern time
             Provides email support for users within response time defined by a Service Level Agreement
             Provides opportunity for users to get real-time support through iChat
             Integrates seamlessly with the Internet to allow access to online software and support services such as:
             a. the capability to submit questions related to the software
             b. to inquire about the status of current calls
             c. to receive software and documentation updates
             Provides professional help desk software for:
             a. problems with the IIS system
             b. automatically receiving notification of logged problem
             c. notification of temporary software fixes
             d. final resolution of software problems
             e. provides a formal system to track, report, and manage end-user software problem reports
             f. allows the customer the ability to escalate IIS problem resolution based upon the urgency of the customer software
             g. ability to integrate with other help desk software
7.5 Support for Technical Staff
             Commits that future IIS software upgrades will operate with the customizations made during the implementation of the district's IIS s
             Provides the capability to easily upgrade to new software releases without the loss of data or production capabilities which includes
             Provides a IIS software warranty period that commences upon the district's final acceptance of the IIS system
             Maintains software support hours Monday through Friday for at least 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. local time, Eastern time
             Offers extended software support beyond 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. at a reasonable user cost
             Provides a published Service Level Agreement (SLA) for response time as well as critical IIS support and emergency issues
7.6 Product Upgrades and Enhancements
             Provides its customers a major role in determining the product enhancement direction and schedule, including:
             a. critical fixes
             b. suggestion box
             c. aligned to critical needs at state and district levels
             Provides its customers with roadmap of planned software enhancements
             Provides its customers with major software releases aligned to roadmap
             Provides software updates to its customers to support future state legislative or federal regulations as part of its annual software ma
             Provides a formal customer certification program to support its IIS system locally
             Permits all fields that are edited to be audited to a log showing previous entry, time/date of change, and who made
             the change; the log can only be accessed through a secure login
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8.0 Data and Systems Integration
   8.1 Integration with school district and state applications
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   8.2 Data and Systems Standards
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Data and Systems Integration
8.1 Integration with school district and state applications
             Interfaces with district Student Information System to obtain students, courses/sections, and teachers
             Allows for access and reporting of student discipline, attendance, medical alerts and other attributes
             Interfaces with Special Ed software to track IEP requirements as needed (goals and objectives)
             Interfaces with systems used by districts for tracking students within the RTI process and other interventions
             monitored by the IAT (Intervention Assistance Team)
             Interfaces with district Human Resources system to manage staff information
             Interfaces with local Professional Development System
             Provides two-way updating and management of staff proficiencies, competencies, and certifications
             Interfaces with Purchasing system for requisition of resources and materials
             Interfaces with Library Information Systems for access to resources aligned to content standards or curricular content
             Provides the ability to integrate with longitudinal data systems or data warehouses for exchange and/or access of
             Ability to handle student mobility within state through interface to statewide data warehouse for local use
             Interfaces with standard online course management systems such as Moodle, Blackboard, etc.
             Provides the ability to access the assessment database directly for use in other applications
             Integrates with web 2.0 technologies such as learning response applications, streaming media, RSS feeds,
             webinar/conferencing software, plagiarism detection software, etc.
8.2 Data and Systems Standards
             Provides a meta-data dictionary identifying all data elements including source system of record, refresh rate and
             Supports the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)
             Supports Simplified Object Access Protocol (SOAP) standard for exchange of information
             Complies with Priority One of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Initiative and
             complies with 508 standards
             Supports a variety of interoperability standards including SIF, FASTER, etc.
             Supports IMS Global Learning Consortium's Common Cartridge (CC) and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)
             System is ADA/Section 508 compliant
             Supports the Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP)
             a. allows accessibility information to be embedded in digital test items and allows those items to be ported across
             APIP compliant test item banks and software
             b. provides a method for specifying the accessibility needs of each individual student and storing those needs in an
             c. enables a test delivery interface with the information and resources required to make a test item accessible for
             students with a variety of disabilities and special needs
             Supports APIP digital item content format including:
             a. text only
             b. graphic only
             c. text and graphic
             d. non-visual audio representation of item content
             e. Braille representation of item content
             Student information files contain the required components of the APIP Personal Needs Preference (PNP) Standard
             a. magnification
             b. contrast
             c. foreground color
             d. background color
             e. overlay color
             f. audio text
             g. audio graphics
             h. non-visual audio
             i. Braille
             j. auditory calming
             k. masking
             l. breaks
             m. extended time
             Assessment delivery system is able to read an APIP PNP for each student and present the specified accessibility
             information based on the student's PNP including the features of:
a. magnification
b. reverse contrast
c. alternate fore and background colors
d. color tinting
e. auditory calming
f. masking
g. text only read aloud
h. graphic only read aloud
i. text and graphic read aloud
j. non-visual read aloud
k. Braille delivered via refreshable Braille display
Assessment delivery system provides the following optional elements:
a. audio directions
b. tactile graphics
c. American Sign Language
d. Signed English
e. alternate language (specify languages)
f. keyword(s) or concept(s) highlighting
g. keyword(s) or concept(s) translation (specify languages)
h. flagging
i. guided reader
Utilizes web services model integration to other district applications in order to access all student-related information
Provides the capability to securely import and export data from and to a variety of formats, such as CSV text,
database (via ODBC), and Microsoft Office
Ability to import and export assessment items in QTI format
Supports imaging inputs and OCR capabilities
Provides the capability to interface with commonly accepted imaging standards (for example .jpeg, .epi, .eps, .tif, .gif,
.png) to capture and retrieve graphics and photos for use in assessment items and activities.
Content modules support .mov, .wmv, .mp3, .mp4, .wav, .wma
Provides simple methods of collecting data, including web forms, scanning, import/export ability and automated batch
9.0 IT Platform, Security, and Access
      9.1 General Features
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      9.3 Data Security
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9.4   Data Access
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    9.1 General Features
                 Hardware Requirements
                 a. Supports a variety of hardware environments should the school district acquire different hardware in the future
                 b. Utilizes n-tiered, easily scalable open architecture
                 c. Support virtualization
                 Applications Requirements
                 a. Application modules are web-based and complies with state/district browser standards
                 b. Provides option to be offered in a SaaS environment
                 c. Provides option to be installed on hardware managed by the school district including virtual hardware
                 d. Transparently links together all modules of the system to ease the burden of training and implementation for all
                 school district staff such as teachers, building level administrators, school district administrators and community
                 e. Provides a copy and paste function across user records to speed data entry
                 f. Utilizes Web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX (asynchronous Java Scripts and XML), JSON, J Query, and other like
                 programming languages and techniques
                 g. Provides ―spell checking‖ ability for narrative fields
                 h. Pre-populates fields where possible
                 i. Provides an online drop down list of all valid values for each validated field
                 j. Provides "preview" of data prior to import or export
                 k. Provides a method for linking data to and from other systems in the case where some functions are done in other
                 Database Requirements
                 a. Fully relational: allows for "one time" entry of data, which is used throughout the system
                 b. Provides a method for loading data to and from other systems in the case where some functions are done in other
                 c. Provides data validation features that includes: verification, range checks, table of valid entries, and allowances for
                 online editing/validation of all update transactions
                 d. Supports automatic insertion of calculated fields based on user-defined formulas
                 e. Allows the user to define any data element that must be tracked for changes
                 f. Capable of editing and validating dates at the source
                 g. Provides audit trail capability for all transactions and end-of-session totals such as: audit report of all database file
                 changes, transaction details (before and after)
    9.2 Scalability and Adaptability
                 Allows for scalability by adding, rather than replacing, hardware as growth is experienced
                 Allows for one central system covering a state with up to 15,000,000 users (teachers, students, staff, administrators,
                 parents/guardians, public)
                 Allows for managing the system by subgroups such as multiple schools, multiple districts, etc.
                 Is scalable up to potentially thousands of concurrent users accessing the system via the Internet/Intranet
                 a. 5,000+ concurrent users
                 b. 35,000+ concurrent users
                 c. 100,000+ concurrent users
                 Demonstrates proven ability to manage assessment data for:
                 a. 30,000+ students
                 b. 75,000+ students
                 c. 200,000+ students
                 Demonstrates proven ability to manage archived assessment data for:
                 a. 50,000+ students
                 b. 75,000+ students
                 c. 200,000+ students
                 Includes the flexibility to accommodate changing business processes without system redesign
    9.3 Data Security
                 Ensures secure, role-based access to confidential student data. Login required at startup and access levels at all sub
                 applications. Access levels will include none, view, add, modify, and delete.
                 Provides access to all system modules from a single sign on methodology to all modules within the system for all
                 Supports management of single sign-on functionality via an LDAP or active directory methodology
                 Provides the ability for administrator to add, delete, and manage accounts
                 Provides parent access via an integrated database
             Tracks date, time, and User ID of the person making the change at the function, file, workstation, and field level
             Adheres to best practices related to FERPA
             Supports Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption
             Provides a security logon screen that validates the user against the security profile and persistently stores the
             security profile where it can be accessed by all system
             Provides embedded secure link to automatically connect to other specified data bases (such as state data bases)
             Allows for customization of secure login screen
             a. by school district
             b. by school
             c. by user
             Maintains the origin/ownership of data whose access is restricted to the owner or restricted from specific entities
             Supports controlled data entry and data access through database-level and process-level security
             Allows secure, role-based access for multiple types of users including, but not limited to administrators, teachers,
             a. administrators
             b. teachers
             c. students
             d. parents
             Ensures that system-specific security is managed in the database (not hard-coded), i.e., based on security profiles
             and levels which are maintained in security database tables and used for validation
             Enables security to be defined at the data element level; minimum level of field access security are: no access, view
             access, add/update access, ability to delete data
             Accommodates multiple parent/guardian accounts
             All passwords should follow best practices guidelines, such as a minimum length and combination of alpha and
             Allows users to change their own password within established best practices guidelines
             Enables system managers to reset parent passwords but not view a user password
             Ensures that passwords automatically expire—time period to be table-driven
             Ensures secure data transmissions of all data into and out of the system following best practice security protocols
             Capable of receiving periodic transmission of data and update within a minimum amount of time
             Produces user-accessible security logs that can be reviewed by appropriate individuals on a periodic basis
             Provides a 5 to 7 year process for reviewing/monitoring security logs
             Maintains controlled access to physical systems
             Provides capability for full and incremental backup and restore
             Provides embedded secure link to automatically connect to other specified data bases (such as state databases)
9.4   Data Access
             Employs a simple, easy-to-learn web interface that provides role-based assess to needed information based on
             Active Directory or similar single-sign on method, login, password, and role
             Supports administration of certain features by the end-user, such as assigning new users or modifying and printing
             reports via Active Directory groups
             Provides a common look and feel across system software modules for command structure, navigation, and
             Provides input forms used in the application to use required fields, controlled fields, and drop down lists to minimize
             Supports having multiple windows open concurrently for both inquiry and updating across any combination of
             application modules, without losing any data previously entered on an open screen
             Supports error messages that are easily understood by the user with online, error-resolution help screens
             Requires only basic computer skills by end user
             Provides encrypted and highly secure access from home, via the World Wide Web
             Provides a user interface (UI) for Blackberry, Android, iPad, iPhone or other mobile devices
             Provides a framework for multiple levels of data integration, including straight download or service download (role-
             Provides a year-end rollover process
             Supports Federated access/credentialing for DPI reporting

				
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