Sagebrush Corp. said it is expanding its Analytics data-analysis software to include applications that can help guide and manage instruction. Sagebrush is adding a tool for teachers to create Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs) for each student, for example, based on state assessment data already loaded into the system. (In Florida, any student who scores a 2 or lower–out of 5–on the FCAT exam must have an AIP, said Karen Mortensen, executive education consultant for Sagebrush.) Teachers will be able to choose from a list of district-defined intervention strategies or they can add their own, and the software will track the effectiveness of each intervention, so district leaders can identify and share the most effective strategies with other teachers throughout the district. Sagebrush also is adding an Individual Education Plan (IEP) creation tool, tied into each state’s unique forms and requirements, to its Analytics software. The company hopes to have all of these new tools in place by the start of the next school year.
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