For the 2004-05 school year, Pearson Education has launched a series of formative assessment products designed to forecast student growth toward state performance standards. The Progress Assessment Series (PASeries) was developed to provide educators in grades 3-8 with better ways to measure student progress and tie assessment to classroom instruction, Pearson says. PASeries assessments are scientifically valid, reliable, and research-based benchmark tests designed for completion in one class period. They can be administered either on paper or online, with quick electronic reporting of results. “Using the tools in these innovative assessment products, teachers can now map instruction directly to learning needs and meet the ultimate goal of testing–improving student achievement,” said Douglas Kubach, president of Pearson Educational Measurement. The PASeries Reading, one of the first two products in the line, uses the scientific Lexile Framework for Reading, from MetaMetrics Inc., to match reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of student progress. The PASeries Mathematics uses the Quantile Framework for Mathematics, also from MetaMetrics, to evaluate student progress. The Quantile scale is similar to the way that Lexiles measure reading ability. Each PASeries Reading assessment includes a screening test for placement and three progress monitoring tests for each grade level. PASeries Mathematics assessments include a screening test for placement, six progress monitoring tests for each grade level, and diagnostic tests by strand with item analysis reports. PASeries assessments are priced per student, per year based on the volume purchased.

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