Bloomington, Ind. — August 23, 2007 — The mere mention of assessment often conjures thoughts of tedious tests, number-crunching, and data analysis. With the release the new anthology, Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning, educational publishing company Solution Tree hopes to transform tedium into a battle cry for bold moves in school improvement through an assessment revolution.

Scheduled for release in September 2007, Ahead of the Curve gathers the insights and recommendations from international educational luminaries, including Douglas Reeves, Dylan Wiliam, Rick Stiggins, Thomas Guskey, Robert Marzano, Anne Davies, and Richard DuFour. The anthology addresses a growing number of challenges faced by educators today, such as applying assessments to English language learners and special needs students. While the authors each present a unique perspective, they offer a united front for the need to use assessment to shatter archaic evaluations that trap students in the bell curve.

"Our readers are practical people who want to know how they can improve professional practice now and have an immediate impact on student achievement," says Solution Tree Director of Publications Gretchen Knapp. "Our contributing authors are experts in their field and extremely well respected by the teachers and administrators with whom they are working."

Ahead of the Curve is the second anthology in the Solution Tree Leading Edge series. The company launched Leading Edge with the anthology On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities, edited by Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour. The inaugural anthology set a standard Solution Tree plans to uphold in each ensuing installment: a collection of high-caliber voices presenting a multifaceted examination of a crucial topic in education. Ahead of the Curve is edited by Douglas Reeves and includes contributions from leading educators from the United States, Canada, and England.

About Solution Tree
Solution Tree is a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed. Solution Tree products and services include national and regional conferences that bring leading-edge theories and best practices to educational professionals; innovative publishing of research-based books, videos, and study guides; and inspired, customized professional development for schools and districts.

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