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Press Release: New STAAR Test Maker software ready to help Texas Schools

Progress Testing at the forefront of Texas’ new assessment needs

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) exams will be implemented in the 2011-2012 school year, and schools are searching for a progress monitoring and test creation solution to help them prepare for the more rigorous, research-based tests. STAAR Test Maker software, from Progress Testing, gives Texas schools the ability to easily and affordably monitor progress and accelerate student learning.

More is being asked of educators than ever before, and STAAR Test Maker puts them back in control of their assessments. Teachers can create tests that reliably predict STAAR scores in minutes, selecting from a database of thousands of aligned questions. Educators can quickly generate beautiful, color-coded reports to pinpoint remediation needs, assess student progress and enhance their analysis.

Schools can rely on STAAR Test Maker’s test item accuracy. The software’s STAAR-specific test questions contain an average of 2,000 questions per grade – meaning more than 40 full-length STAAR tests are just a few clicks away. Created by a team of assessment specialists, STAAR Test Maker’s test items are 100-percent aligned to the new STAAR Readiness and Supporting Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.

No other assessment software product is more affordable for Texas schools. As school districts throughout Texas are slashing their budgets, they can rest assured that STAAR Test Maker is a responsible option for progress monitoring. No longer do schools have to worry about subscription fees or training costs. STAAR Test Maker software is one affordable, simple purchase with no hidden fees.

STAAR Test Maker will be available in the summer of 2011 in three editions for Texas schools:
–Elementary School Edition: Includes an unlimited site license for Grades 3, 4, and 5 Reading, Math, and Writing, and Grade 5 Science.
–Middle School Edition: Includes an unlimited site license for Grades 6, 7, and 8, Reading, Math, and Writing, and Grade 8 Science and Social Studies.
–High School EOC Edition: Includes unlimited site license for Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English I, English II, English III, U.S. History, World History, and World Geography. (Subjects are also available individually).

STAAR Test Maker sample tests and an online demonstration are available at www.STAARTestMaker.com

At Progress Testing, we’re committed to developing the best state-specific test items and progress monitoring software for today’s educators. Progress Testing was founded in 1999. We’re a woman-owned Florida corporation located in Gainesville, just around the corner from the University of Florida. We staff a dedicated team of assessment professionals that create the most accurate state-specific test item banks for schools in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. The leading formative assessment provider in the state of Florida, we are now offering our renowned products to educators in the great state of Texas.

CONTACT: Steve Waters, Director of Marketing
Progress Testing
Phone: 1-800- 930-8378
Email: swaters@progresstesting.com
www.STAARTestMaker.com

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