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...

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