Illuminate Education Teams up with Amplify to Integrate New Science Assessments

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Partnership will open new doors for educators to provide streamlined testing experience for science

IRVINE, Calif. (PRWEB) November 13, 2018

Illuminate Education, the leading K–12 student achievement solution, has announced an integration partnership with Amplify, a next-generation curriculum and assessment company. The partnership will focus on the integration of Amplify’s new NGSS-aligned benchmark assessments within Illuminate’s Data & Assessment (DnA) platform.

The integration enables teachers to use a new suite of tests designed by Amplify to assess the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), leveraging Illuminate’s DnA platform for test administration, customization and reporting. Districts who have purchased both Amplify Science and DnA will have access to a more streamlined and integrated experience. Once an Amplify test is completed, educators and students can view results alongside other key assessments and data to provide a more complete academic portrait.

“KIPP is incredibly excited to pilot Amplify's NGSS benchmark assessments through Illuminate Education and utilize data to help us provide the best possible science education for our KIPP students,” said Nell Frame, Manager of Assessment, Product and Project at KIPP Foundation. “Equipping our teachers with curriculum that sets a high bar for NGSS achievement is integral to our regions' transitions to the Next Generation Science Standards.”

Developed in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, the Amplify Science curriculum puts students in the roles of scientists and engineers every day, engaging them in understanding and explaining compelling real-world phenomena. To ensure educators have access to both high-quality instructional materials and practice assessments, Amplify is launching the new NGSS Benchmark Assessments this fall. The assessments, for grades 3–8, were developed to be independent of the Amplify Science curriculum, ensuring they don’t simply measure progress within the program, but instead measure progress towards the Performance Expectations outlined in the new standards. Now teachers and administrators can ensure students are on-track to succeed on high-stakes, three-dimensional assessments.

“We are delighted to integrate Amplify’s new benchmark assessments,” said Christine Willig, Illuminate Education CEO. “This aligns with one of our core principles to integrate our solutions with leading K–12 products used by educators. We are making a big push to be more open and interoperable, provide a more seamless experience for clients, and are proud to partner with innovative companies like Amplify.”

“Our goal for the interim assessments is to empower teachers with additional tools to gain insight into students’ understanding of the NGSS. Every unit of Amplify Science contains robust formative and summative assessments used to measure students’ depth of science knowledge and understanding. The interim assessments provide additional checkpoints that will help teachers monitor student progress towards success on the high-stakes state assessments in science,” said Steven Zavari, General Manager of Amplify Science. “We are pleased to partner with Illuminate Education to provide Amplify Science educators with a comprehensive view of their students’ mastery of the NGSS.”

To learn more about Amplify Science, visit https://www.amplify.com/curriculum/amplifyscience.

For information on Illuminate Education, visit http://www.illuminateed.com.

About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is the leading provider of integrated K–12 technology systems. Illuminate's innovative tools bridge the gap between instruction, assessment, and data analytics, transforming the potential of teaching and learning. With all the data available within a single platform, teachers can assess learning and link to the right resources, while district leaders can receive a holistic view of students. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Illuminate's team of experienced educators and technology specialists serve 12 million students across all 50 states.

About Amplify
A pioneer in K–12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves. Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help all students build a strong foundation in early reading and math. All of our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of every student. Today, Amplify serves more than three million students in all 50 states. For more information, visit amplify.com.