MOBILE, ALA. (Nov. 8, 2006)--Research shows that formative assessment is one of the most effective education interventions in raising student achievement. The Alabama Department of Education has contracted with STI, a leading provider of education data management systems, to provide its web-based formative assessment system to schools in the state that are deemed "in need of improvement" under the No Child Left Behind Act. Following successful use of STI Assessment in other Alabama schools, the Department of Education is offering funding and support to help schools in improvement implement the assessment tool to improve teaching and learning.

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