“Can you develop a site using Jekyll?” an Austin marketing firm asked us in 2017.
Thanks to our wide range of experience in open source and the depth of expertise in our development team, the answer was a resounding, “Yes!”
That’s when we started working with Steel Branding on a project for the Texas Education Agency. The TEA wanted to created a website for Texas parents, administrators and educators to learn more about the state mandated STAAR test and find additional resource materials.
Our status as a Texas HUB and certified women-owned business enterprise was also helpful.
The new texasassessment.com had several requirements, including:
Build the site using Jekyll static markdown
WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility
Interactive walkthrough of the STAAR report card in English and Spanish
Embedded videos with accessible version
Responsive design on desktop, tablet and mobile, compatible back to IE9
The turnaround was fast. We only had a month to turn around the site through initial development and three rounds of testing and revisions.
Additionally, the project required coordination not only with the agency that brought us in, but also a prime vendor who managed the production environment and representatives from the state agency who were managing the project.
One of the most rewarding parts of this project was hearing occasional feedback from Texas parents who visited the site after it was launched and were able to find useful information about their child’s test score.
Another rewarding aspect was the opportunity to continue working on the project through support and enhancements. In a second phase of the project, we added a number of new features to the site, including a complete Spanish version, 10 additional language translations of the interactive scorecard, an interactive tool for parents to find appropriate books based on their child’s reading score, and new information about the math measurements.