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Press Release: NEW JERSEY DISTRICTS CHOOSE PERFORMANCE MATTERS’ SOLUTIONS TO MEET ACHIEVENJ REQUIREMENTS

Winter Park, Fla. — Dec. 11, 2013 — The AchieveNJ educator evaluation and support system relies on multiple measures of performance to evaluate teachers. To manage the onslaught of data from these measures — including Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs), Student Growth Objectives (SGOs), and classroom observations — New Jersey districts are turning to Performance Matters™. Performance Matters offers a comprehensive, web-based solution that provides an integrated platform for assessment, data management and educator effectiveness.

Among the most recent school systems to purchase Performance Matters solutions are Butler Public Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools, East Brunswick Public Schools, Franklin Township Public Schools, Freehold Regional High School District, and Garfield Public Schools. All six districts will implement the company’s flagship assessment and data management system, along with the newly released SGO Module to assist in the creation, management and monitoring of SGOs. In addition, Butler, Cherry Hill and Garfield will implement FASTe (Formative Action System for Teacher Effectiveness), a turnkey system for evaluating educator effectiveness, with an easy-to-implement framework that can be customized for each school system.

“We needed systems for assessment, data management and teacher evaluation but we didn’t want to piecemeal programs together that wouldn’t speak to each other. Instead, we were looking for a comprehensive solution that would support all of our areas of need,” said Michelle D. Smith, district supervisor of curriculum and instruction for Cherry Hill Public Schools. “We had a team of teachers, administrators, coaches, and data and technology experts review several different products for more than a year. We created a rubric that took into account many criteria, including how well each system met our needs, whether it was user-friendly, the cost, and much more. After careful consideration, we chose Performance Matters. We’ve been very happy with the customer service we’ve received and we’re looking forward to implementing the system across our district.”

Performance Matters correlates and analyzes performance data from multiple sources, and turns that data into actionable information to improve instruction and student learning. Using intuitive, interactive dashboards and color-coded reports, educators can easily slice and dice data to enhance performance district-wide. Educators can instantly analyze historical performance on state tests and track current progress on local assessments for any student or group; continuously monitor student growth; and compare their results to any other district or school in the state. With this timely, actionable data, districts and schools can identify problems and opportunities, differentiate instruction and professional development, evaluate instructional impact and program effectiveness, and identify and share best practices to improve performance district-wide.

For more information, visit www.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.

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