IRVINE, Calif.–Feb. 28, 2007–Scantron®, a leading provider of assessment software and survey solutions for the K-12 and higher education markets, today announced that Calcasieu Parish Public Schools (CPPS) has selected Scantron´s Achievement Series and Performance Series to provide a unique combination of standards-based formative assessment and computer-adaptive diagnostic testing for third through 10th grade students.
Located in Lake Charles, CPPS is Louisiana´s sixth largest district, serving some 31,000 students in 59 schools. CPPS will use Scantron´s Performance Series with its special education and general populations to diagnose student placement and learning needs. Achievement Series, Scantron´s web-based formative testing solution, will provide CPPS educators with the ability to create and administer standards-based formative assessments to monitor student progress and make informed instructional decisions to improve student achievement.
"Teachers have to know from the beginning where each student stands in terms of content knowledge. The Scantron system allows us to quickly and accurately secure that information, so teachers can implement a program of informed instruction for each student," said Dr. Mary-Lou Caldarera, assessment supervisor for CPPS. "Our teachers are very excited to have data that will help them have a huge impact both now and into the future. We plan to collect and analyze longitudinal data across the years to measure and compare year-to-year growth. With a system this comprehensive and easy, there´s no end to the possibilities."
CPPS will begin using Performance Series this spring and roll out Achievement Series in the 2007-08 school year.
"Superintendent Wayne Savoy in Calcasieu Parish has a terrific vision for realizing the vast potential of a solution that combines formative and benchmark assessments," said Scantron President Tim Loomer. "Scantron is honored to be part of this program and dedicated to helping them achieve their goals."
About Scantron Corporation
Scantron Corp. (www.scantron.com) is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based John H. Harland Company (NYSE:JH). Scantron is a leading technology provider of software and survey solutions for the K-12 and higher education markets. For more information call 1-800-722-6876.
Atlanta-based John H. Harland Company (NYSE: JH) (http://www.harland.net) is a leading provider of software and printed products to the financial and educational markets. Harland Financial Solutions Inc. (http://www.harlandfinancialsolutions.com), a wholly owned subsidiary, supplies software and services, including customer relationship management, deposit and loan origination, core systems and mortgage services to thousands of financial institutions of all sizes. Harland Printed Products´ offerings include checks, direct marketing and financial forms. Scantron Corporation (http://www.scantron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary, is a leading provider of both paper and electronic-based services and systems for the collection, management and interpretation of data to the financial, commercial and educational markets.