Education Model Links Assessment to RTI Allowing Educators to Quickly Identify Struggling Students

Monterey, CA – May 11, 2011 – CTB/McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of PreK–12 and adult education assessments, today announced the release of a white paper describing methods for improving student achievement through the integration of assessment with the Response to Intervention (RTI) education model. RTI is a system of academic intervention that provides targeted instruction and resources to students who have difficulty learning. The white paper, titled “Response to Intervention: Integrating Assessment and Intervention to Improve Student Achievement,” is available at CTB.com/WhitePapers/RTI.

“CTB has been a trusted leader in educational assessment and reporting for 85 years, and offers a wide range of assessments that meet the highest standards of validity and reliability,” said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. “Each assessment is based on extensive research and development, and statistically sound measurement models. CTB’s staff of research scientists is committed to developing assessments that serve the needs of every educator and student.”

The purpose of RTI is to identify children who are struggling in school as early as possible and to ensure that each child receives the right instruction or intervention to be successful. Linking assessment and RTI gives educators a data-driven framework to quickly and efficiently respond to learning or behavioral problems and to appropriately identify students with disabilities.

CTB products appropriate for RTI include the Acuity® InFormative Assessment™ solution, Writing Roadmap™, and Yearly ProgressPro™. This complete suite of award-winning, research-based assessment solutions supports universal screening, ongoing progress monitoring, resources for individualized intervention, and professional development opportunities. Yearly ProgressPro has received the highest ratings from the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) for classification accuracy, reliability, validity, and sensitivity to student improvement.

These solutions help educators give every student the opportunity to succeed by:

• promoting an in-depth understanding of student strengths and areas for improvement with Acuity Diagnostic Assessments;
• delivering opportunities for practice and intervention with instructional resources that can be automatically assigned based on specific student needs;
• motivating and guiding students toward better writing with a variety of engaging prompts and automatic feedback in Writing Roadmap; and
• providing high-quality Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) progress monitoring and intensive intervention tools that align to successful RTI models with Yearly ProgressPro.

CTB RTI assessment solutions enable educators to closely monitor student achievement and the effectiveness of RTI programs. Educators can also directly link assessment results with additional instructional resources to provide students with practice sessions related to content standards. By using tools such as Acuity, Writing Roadmap, and Yearly ProgressPro in an RTI framework, educators can focus assessments on student learning, and deliver relevant, targeted instruction to help each child succeed from the first day of school to the last.

About CTB/McGraw-Hill
CTB/McGraw-Hill has an 85-year record of innovation and excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and in 49 countries. One of the first American publishers to introduce objective, standardized achievement tests to schools, today CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment. Dedicated to advancing the use of student performance data to inform instructional decision making, CTB/McGraw-Hill’s innovation continues today with technologies that include Web-based assessment and reporting, student response device (clicker) software, and artificial intelligence for automated scoring of student essays. CTB/McGraw-Hill is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP). McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of instructional, assessment and reference solutions that empower professionals and students of all ages. For more information, visit CTB.com.

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