Indiana has selected Wireless Generation to serve the state’s kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms with formative assessments in reading and math. Wireless Generation’s handheld computer-based mCLASS:Reading 3D and mCLASS:Math assessments will enable Indiana teachers to target instruction to each student’s needs, and monitor each student’s progress toward mastery. Under the two-year agreement with renewal options, Wireless Generation will provide the assessments; as well as Web-based reporting, data analysis, and instructional planning tools, and professional development to help Indiana educators become skilled in using data to guide their instruction.
While all states have a testing program that begins in third grade, Indiana is the first state to select a comprehensive formative assessment system for every K-2 classroom as well. Other states are considering similar programs, in light of a growing body of research showing that frequently assessing and understanding students’ progress during the school year has a significant positive impact on teaching and learning.
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