The Maryland State Department of Education, in partnership with the Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation (CETE) at The University of Kansas, has been awarded a 4-year, $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The grant will fund the Innovations in Science Map, Assessment and Report Technologies (I-SMART) project, which will focus on the development of science learning map models and innovative science assessments that incorporate the learning goals of new science standards. The assessments will be designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The project will also generate diagnostic information for teachers about student progress.
“The new science standards set high expectations for students. The I-SMART project will develop systems to support teaching and learning for students who struggle to meet those expectations,” said Meagan Karvonen, I-SMART Principal Investigator and Associate Director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation.
Funds were awarded as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Enhanced Assessment Grant program. Collaborators include state departments of education in Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Oklahoma. The project also involves a partnership with CAST, an organization known for innovations in universal design and online learning.