ETS Pulliam showcased its Instructional Data Management System (IDMS). The system is designed to help teachers make curriculum decisions and improvements based on student data culled from standardized tests and interim assessments, the company said. IDMS includes formative assessment and student data analysis functionalities, as well as a curriculum and course management component that allows district personnel to align existing instructional materials with state standards; pace and map curriculum; create lesson plans and assessments to support direct instruction in the classroom; and link all of this information to an online grade book and report card. There’s even a parent-communication component, consisting of a web site that gives parents secure access to their children’s grades, with limitations set by district administrators or the child’s teacher. The system generates status reports both in hard-copy format and via eMail, and it provides activities for parents to use with students at home based on their child’s needs. ETS Pulliam says schools in California, Nevada, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Hawaii are using the system, with promising results. In 2002, for example, California’s Paramount High School reportedly had a 34-percent passing rate in mathematics on the California High School Exit Exam. After the first year of implementation, the school’s passing rate in math jumped to 59 percent, the company said.

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