Vantage Learning’s Award-Winning, Classroom-Proven Instructional Writing Program Now Available in Home Edition

Newtown, Pa.-December 5, 2006-Parents can say goodbye to the challenges of helping their kids tackle the complexities of good writing. Today Vantage Learning, the world’s leading provider of online assessment and automated essay scoring tools, announced the release of MY Access! Home Edition, the first consumer version of its highly effective online writing tool.

MY Access! Home Edition is grounded with the same research-based automated essay scoring and instructional technology being used by over a million students across the country, from elementary schools all the way up to college and graduate programs. MY Access! Home Edition now makes it easy for parents, tutors, or home-school teachers to all be teachers of writing. MY Access! Home Edition is available for immediate purchase at and, when ordered by December 31 online, an immediate 20 percent discount is applied.

MY Access! Home features Vantage Learning’s patented IntelliMetricT design-the same artificial intelligence used in MY Access! classroom versions and the first automated essay scoring technology to reach human level scoring accuracy. This proven technology gives users instant feedback on grammar, focus and meaning, organization, content and development, language use and style, and their overall writing proficiency.

“Parents are always searching for ways to help their children succeed, and that starts with polishing their writing, arguably one of the most important life skills they can have,” says Harry Barfoot, Vice President of Marketing for Vantage Learning. “Now parents have another powerful option to consider: a proven program that is a fraction of the cost of most private tutors. Plus, parents can work one-on-one with children-no matter what age or reading or writing level-in a user-friendly platform that strengthens what they’re learning in the classroom, while building interest and excitement around writing. And the best part is that a parent doesn’t have to be a writing expert; the program assumes an important leadership role in the process.”

MY Access! Home brings the best aspects of the award-winning MY Access! school edition from the classroom to the family room. MY Access! has won several major awards, including the CODiE Award for “Best Instructional Solution: Language Arts/English-Secondary” in 2005 and 2006, and the 2004 Award of Excellence from Technology and Learning magazine.

MY Access! Home comes in four specially designed editions tailored to the individual needs of the user:

* MY Access! Home Student Edition. Designed with students in mind, this edition contains 45 essay exercises, divided evenly among elementary, middle, and high school levels. MY Access! Home’s intuitive, interactive platform walks users through the writing process, including pre-writing exercises, rough drafts, editing, and putting together the final piece-which they can publish in The Daily Access, an online newspaper they can e-mail to their friends and family. Through this process, users improve their writing skills and boost their confidence in their writing abilities.

* MY Access! Home Family Edition. This edition lets parents actively participate in their child’s learning. They can set the program for more than one child, and monitor each child’s progress on the screen or through e-mail reports. In addition, the built-in management system automatically gives their children points for completing each exercise, which helps parents set learning goals.

* MY Access! Home Home School/Tutor Edition. For those who home school multiple children or provide outside tutoring, this edition provides all the tools to create a fun, interactive writing curriculum. Plus, the platform lets instructors manage multiple users, and flesh out their lesson plans.

* MY Access! Home College Edition. Between SAT prep and college admissions essays, it’s crucial that high school juniors and seniors perfect their writing skills. The College Edition helps them refine their term papers and admissions essays, and offers practice SAT essays to build critical thinking skills.

For more information, or to purchase any of the MY Access! Home editions, please visit

About Vantage Learning

With over 146 million online test transactions last year, Vantage Learning is the world’s leading provider of online assessment and automated essay scoring. Recognized as the gold standard for scoring quality, consistency, reliability, and scalability, Vantage Learning’s award-winning education tools meet the needs of educators and school administrators, businesses and government agencies that need a comprehensive Internet-based test authoring, delivery, scoring, and reporting platform. Vantage developed IntelliMetric(TM), which administers and scores responses to open-ended questions over the Internet using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Vantage Learning’s MY Access!® instructional writing program won a Codie Award in 2006 for Best Instructional Program: English/Language Arts – Secondary, was a Codie Awards dual winner in 2005, and was a 2004 Award of Excellence winner from Technology and Learning Magazine. Eduventures selected Vantage Learning as one of the eight most innovative educational technology companies.

Vantage Learning provides services across a broad spectrum of clients. The College Board, ACT, and the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), all utilize Vantage technologies for college readiness and admissions. Oregon, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia leverage the Vantage Learning Platform(TM), the Student Progress Monitoring System(TM), and the Uniform Online Testing System(TM) for formative, summative, and computer adaptive assessments that drive instructional programs. Respected publishers like Hampton-Brown offer customized versions to support assessment linked to their proprietary content. School districts such as Los Angeles Unified School District, Red Clay DE, Milwaukee Public Schools, Newark Public Schools, and many other respected districts integrate MY Access! into their core language arts curriculum. Learn more at

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