Duluth, Ga. — Aug. 30, 2007 — As students are preparing for the upcoming school year, many are planning to get a head start on college acceptance testing by taking ACT PLAN and EXPLORE pretests. These pretests are indicators of college readiness and act as a tool for planning high school coursework, while also illustrating how well students are prepared to take the actual ACT.

These ACT pretests, designed for students in eighth-through-twelfth grades, show exactly where each student stands in regard to the expectations for their grade level. Additionally, the accompanying College Readiness Standards–the skills and concepts measured in EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT that establish the expectations of what students should know to be successful in college–show what the each student has learned and what they are ready to learn next. The next step for students is to find instruction that furthers their learning, but the question is, where do they turn to find this instruction?

For students with access to Classworks, by Curriculum Advantage, Inc., that instruction is at their fingertips. Classworks instruction is aligned to the College Readiness Standards, providing lessons that, when mastered, lead to demonstrative improvement in educational skills and achieving higher ACT score ranges. Classworks uses student scores from the EXPLORE pretest (for eighth and ninth graders) and the PLAN pretest (for tenth graders) as a reference point for instruction. Classworks delivers individualized curriculum to each student drawn from more than 10,000 different activities that is attuned to each student?s unique needs.

?We are excited to work with schools in helping their students master the College Readiness Standards and in preparing them for taking the ACT,? said Debbie Nicholas, Curriculum Advantage?s vice president for customer service. ?Using Classworks as a means to address student shortfalls identified through ACT PLAN and EXPLORE pretests is yet another way in which Classworks helps students meet their academic goals.?

Based on ACT PLAN and EXPLORE scores in each topic of development, Classworks delivers individualized instruction to students to address problem knowledge and skill areas and to improve performance on future tests. If a student scores in the 16-19 range on the Math test in Probability, Statistics & Data Analysis, for example, Classworks has identified instruction to address these skills and will assign activities such as ?Finding Averages,? ?Introducing Mean, Median and Mode? and ?Certain, Possible and Impossible Events.?

While Classworks provides the instruction the ACT pretests identify as needed, it is only a small part of Classworks? overall capabilities. Classworks (www.classworks.com), a leader in computer-based student instruction in K-12 for English/Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics, is designed for on-grade level and remediation instruction in individual, small group and whole class settings. Classworks was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of only a handful of computer-assisted instruction programs to demonstrate that it improves student achievement, and has earned several software industry honors.

About Curriculum Advantage

Curriculum Advantage, Inc. (www.curriculumadvantage.com) is based in Duluth, Ga. Curriculum Advantage?s flagship product is Classworks, a network-based system of K-12 reading and mathematics curriculum and learning tools that currently comprise over 5,000 hours of curriculum. Its activities are correlated to national and state learning standards and state tests, and include prescriptive and summative assessment, remediation and reporting tools. Classworks Language Learner Series, another part of the program, addresses English as a Second Language learning with content that focuses on auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic components.

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