Classroom System Adds Assessment Data Management
ClassLink will now offer NOCTI assessment data for its ClassMate classroom management solution. The agreement will allow users to import scores from NOCTI assessments in order to improve analysis and reporting on students' individual progress and instructional needs in a range of subjects and specific goal areas.
Designed especially for vocational and technical education, ClassMate offers several standard classroom management features specially tailored for such curricula, including performance and mapping data and analysis. The company said it expects the inclusion of NOCTI assessment data to pinpoint more accurately the progress and needs of students engaged in technical instruction and pursuing certification in specific career disciplines.
NOCTI, the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, is a nonprofit corporation offering a range of assessments and related products specifically geared to determining student skills and competency, acquired through career and technical instruction, as they directly relate to real-world job readiness. A spokesperson for NOCTI noted that the joining of its data with a sector-specific system like ClassMate is a natural fit.
Robert Lees, administrative director of Berks Career & Technology Center in Leesport, PA, expressed enthusiasm for the new component of ClassMate. "Now our teachers will have instant access to both pre-test and post-test scores on their students. This will enhance their ability to analyze both written and performance components of the NOCTI assessment. They can determine where learning gaps exist and which areas of instruction will need to be reinforced. Having this type of data will direct curriculum renewal and help our teachers improve instruction."
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