Apperson Education displayed its test-scoring solutions, and the company says it has taken the No Child Left Behind requirements into consideration during product development. The company’s DataLink software lets educators receive on-demand data reports of students’ test scores by connecting the company’s Advantage scanner to their computer.

AutoSkill launched a Response to Intervention (RTI) Package for its Academy of Reading software. The new solution delivers oral fluency assessments over the web, and it combines an RTI management tool with an intervention program and professional development.

CTB/McGraw-Hill released test-item authoring capabilities for Acuity, its interim and formative assessment solution for grades 3-8. The item authoring enhancement allows for greater customization of Acuity assessments by letting educators develop their own test items aligned with state standards, the company said.

Curriculum Associates announced that its reading assessment program will be available in Spanish this fall. English language learners can take the assessment in both Spanish and English, and educators can compare the two results to see if students are having problems with reading overall or just in English comprehension.

Excelsior Software announced an extensive expansion of its Pinnacle Suite of products. The collection now allows educators and administrators to access and manage curriculum, formative and summative assessments, and supplementary resources through one system. The suite integrates four main modules: standards and curriculum content, instruction with activities and resources, assessments, and feedback and remediation. is set to unveil its new technology literacy assessment this fall, which will be aligned with the new teaching standards laid out by the International Society for Technology and Education ( The assessment tool will carefully measure and track students’ knowledge and progress in using applications such as databases, word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia, and presentation software.
LearningStation, a provider of online solutions for the K-12 classroom, and Thinkronize, developer of the educational search engine netTrekker d.i., launched a joint instructional solution that provides standards-based differentiated instruction, aiming to advance student achievement. LS Test Builder, an eLearning tool that lets educators create, deliver, and assess standards-based formative practice tests, is fully integrated with netTrekker d.i.’s contextually relevant, safe, and easy-to-use educational database of more than 180,000 educator-selected resources, the companies said. Through the partnership, teachers can link directly from LS Test Builder assessment data to specific remediation material tailored to students’ individual needs.

MAXIMUS showcased AutismPro Educator, a program that offers internet-based workshops for teachers and paraprofessionals working with students who have autism, and AustismPro Classroom, which gives educators guidance on developing and implementing individualized educational plans (IEPs) for students with autism and other special needs.

MindPlay launched a more comprehensive version of its Reading Analysis and Prescription System (RAPS). RAPS 360 extends diagnostic assessment into all reading areas and helps gauge students’ abilities by establishing a baseline for each skill area, then continually measuring student progress via an adaptive algorithm.

Pearson School Systems announced the launch of PowerSchool Premier 5.2.  The latest version of this online student information system includes multiple system and user interface upgrades. The company also announced that its PowerTeacher web-based gradebook application will be available for Chancery SMS and SASI in the fall. Pearson also launched a SASI Customer First Program, through which existing SASI student information system customers can have a license to PowerSchool Premier SIS at no charge. Finally, Pearson said its PowerSchool Premier now will support the Oracle Database.

PLATO Learning has developed new state and national standards-based tests while it looks to improve instruction at the K-12 level and on college campuses. Instead of year-end summative assessments, PLATO has created a system that helps elementary and secondary educators track student progress throughout the school year. The company’s self-paced curriculum is designed to keep students engaged and possibly stem the chronically high dropout rate in some urban school districts.

Primavera Systems demonstrated its laundry list of effective tools for efficiency in the private sector and in the school building, where tracking student performance has proven key in meeting rigorous No Child Left Behind standards. The Primavera P6 program allows users to collaborate easily and maintain graphs and charts on student performance in all subjects–and the Primavera Cost Manager could be invaluable for administrators piecing together a shrinking budget for the next fiscal year.
Teachers nationwide reportedly have increased student engagement with the use of Quizdom’s Q4 Remote. The handheld product lets students answer questions with the click of a button, and the accompanying software allows educators to track a class’s strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to tailor lectures to bolster areas in which students have consistently struggled. Administrators can view these data not only at the class or school level, but also at the district level–a valuable tool for decision makers looking to make sweeping education policy changes, Quizdom says.
Data management company Spectrum K12 School Solutions unveiled its latest product, EXCEED/RTI, which provides an integrated tool for educators to manage the meetings, activities, and research-based interventions essential to helping all students reach their academic potential–including those with special needs. This flexible program provides student-centric monitoring of progress and facilitates differentiated instruction according to the federal Response to Intervention (RTI) model, Spectrum says.
Software Technology Inc. (STI) Education Data Management Solutions has introduced five online courses to help teachers and administrators understand data-driven decision making, see where their schools are lacking, and improve standardized test scores. The eight-week courses will be offered starting Aug. 4 and will include 15 hours of professional development. STI’s assessment programs offer detailed analysis of the performance of individual students, classes, or entire grade levels, the company says.
Turning Technologies displayed its line of ResponseCard personal response systems for educators, including the new ResponseCard Anywhere, which reportedly can be used without a projector or computer. These handheld keypads–which have a range of up to 400 feet–let students respond to classroom questions with the click of a button. The technology is designed for K-12 and higher education, and it can be tailored to meet varying state academic standards. Teachers and professors can use the system to track long-term student data and access student records vital to formulating effective curriculum, the company said.

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