Excelsior Software announced it is working with world-renowned assessment expert and author Robert Marzano to improve the capabilities of Excelsior’s Pinnacle Plus student assessment tool, with the goal of helping more schools effectively track student proficiency toward district benchmarks. Excelsior also announced a partnership with instructional management system (IMS) provider SchoolNet Inc., giving its school customers two-for-one access to Excelsior’s Pinnacle Plus Gradebook Assessment tool and SchoolNet’s IMS, which enables users to analyze student data in order to provide targeted curriculum for individualized instruction. During their show, ASCD executives reportedly gave a formal endorsement to the use of Pinnacle Plus as a means to help bolster student achievement under NCLB. “Our renewed collaboration with ASCD represents a real validation of our development efforts with our Pinnacle Plus system,” said Excelsior’s chief executive, William Zaggle. “It affirms our commitment to provide the educational community with productivity tools that increase their effectiveness and increase student achievement.”

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