Questionmark Achieves U.S. Government FedRAMP Authorization

Posted by John Kleeman

I’m pleased today to be able to share some exciting news.

For four years, we have been working hard to make our cloud assessment management software, Questionmark OnDemand, deployable in a way that meets the compliance and security standards of the U.S. Government and Military. As of today, we’re proud to announce that Questionmark has achieved FedRAMP (or Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) authorization.

From 2011, the U.S. Government has been pursuing a ‘Cloud First’ initiative, designed to move its agencies to cloud software wherever possible. This makes it easier for government employees to access material, maintain systems, and ensure regulatory compliance. As part of that initiative, Questionmark developed its OnDemand product to meet the exacting requirements of FedRAMP. You can see information on our authorization at https://marketplace.fedramp.gov/#/product/questionmark-ondemand-for-government.

The authorization process measured Questionmark OnDemand against over 300 different security and compliance criteria and required a very intensive set of tests and audit to check that we are compliant and can remain compliant over time. FedRAMP status means that we can provide our cloud assessment software to the U.S. Government and Military.

It also provides comfort and benefits to all our customers, not just in government and not just in the United States. As a result of the FedRAMP project, our software is more reliable and has increased security controls and the ability to rapidly restore services in the event of a failure. All customers will also enjoy more formal change control procedures and better automated deployment of releases.

We are excited to help U.S. Government agencies unlock performance through our reliable and secure online assessments, and to extend these improvements to all our customers. The FedRAMP authorization demonstrates that Questionmark is a company that organizations can trust to build their assessment strategy in the long term.

It shows that we are comfortable understanding and operating within the most complex procedures. It shows that we can help all customers unlock their potential through fair, valid, reliable and defensible assessments, whether that’s to improve performance through more effective learning, or to ensure compliance. And it shows that we can deliver robust enterprise-grade services, now and in the future.

Podcast: Managing Test Data Effectively

Posted by Joan Phaup

End-of-course tests taken by more  than 100,000 students per year give the Arkansas Department of Career Education enormous amounts of data to process. Managing and reporting on that data effectively is essential not only for promoting classroom improvement and measuring student performance but also for reporting to government regulatory agencies and acquiring federal Perkins funding.

In this podcast, Karen Chisholm and Keith Peterson from the department’s Office of Assessment and Curriculum explain how they administer tests to so many students, determine what data is actionable and then disseminate the right data to the right people in the right form–all of which help career and technical education in the state keep pace with the needs of industry.

Listen to our conversation: