Indiana stands ready to roll out a computer-based teaching tool that can serve as an early warning system for student learning problems.

The system is designed to give quick tests to students throughout the year, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed. The tests will make sure children are learning what they should and reveal what they’ve missed.

“The most important part is it is help now,” Reed said. “As soon as we know there is a problem, we can intervene and offer help.”

The program will be phased in over four years, beginning in the fall of 2008, for schools that wish to apply for the program, which will offer a variety of teaching aids on subjects such as math, science and social studies.

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