Oregon students of all ages showed across-the-board improvements on state tests in core subjects during the 2004-2005 academic year, according to figures released last week. State officials attribute the gains in part to the use of a home-grown, web-based testing service called Technology Enhanced Student Assessment (TESA).

"Our investment in TESA is paying off in both financial and academic terms," Oregon State Superintendent Susan Castillo said, adding that the system has helped make Oregon's teachers even more effective instructors. "Web-based testing is more secure and less expensive to deliver. Best of all, students and teachers get immediate


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