USBE cancels RISE test vendor contract
teachers are well aware, there have been numerous technical problems
administering the RISE statewide test this spring. On June 6, the Utah
State Board of Education voted to end the contract with Questar, the vendor
that provides the technological platform for RISE. For 2019-20, the Board plans
to secure a short-term contract to provide testing while pursuing options for a
RISE test questions were developed by Utah educators and continue
to be valid and reliable, even though the testing platform has had problems.
So, it is anticipated the content of the RISE test will remain consistent next
year even though the technology platform vendor will change.
USBE has again committed to a careful review of 2019 RISE
assessment data before determining whether the data can be used for
accountability purposes. As part of the review process, USBE staff will work
with numerous entities, including the USBE Assessment and Accountability Policy
Advisory Committee (AAPAC). Sara Jones represents UEA on AAPAC. UEA staff will
also meet with USBE staff and leaders as necessary.
The UEA’s priority continues to be to ensure educators and schools
are not held accountable for invalid, inaccurate or unreliable test data.