Monterey, CA – May 10, 2011 – CTB/McGraw-Hill, a leader in K–12 and adult education, today announced that three of the company’s products have been selected as finalists for the prestigious CODiE™ Awards. Both CTB’s Acuity® InFormative Assessment™ Solution and the research-based assessment, instructional, and intervention tool Yearly ProgressPro™ are finalists for Best Student Assessment Solution. Acuity PhD was named as a finalist for Best Professional Development Solution.

Being selected as a finalist is a unique and important distinction, as the CODiEs are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Established by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the CODiEs recognize excellence and achievement in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries. This year’s 113 education finalists embody premier solutions that were selected from 425 total nominations, including the world’s leading educational technology firms.

“We are very pleased that our products have received this acknowledgement as validation in the marketplace. It showcases our continued commitment to the learning journey of all students,” said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. “These solutions are the tools educators need to maximize learning opportunities in the classroom to improve student achievement.”

“For more than 25 years, the CODiE Awards have shone a spotlight on the companies and products that are revolutionizing software, education technology and digital content,” said Ken Wasch, president of SIIA. “What sets this program apart from all others is that the winners are selected by those who really know their stuff – whether they’re tech executives, industry analysts, or journalists. SIIA recruits leading software, digital content and education people to put each nominated product through an intensive review process. CTB/McGraw-Hill and all companies that survive the process and become a finalist can say unequivocally that they are producing one of the finest, most innovative products on the market.”

About Acuity
The award-winning Acuity InFormative Assessment™ solution helps teachers gauge student performance and deliver tailored instruction for every student. Used by more than 100,000 teachers and 1.5 million students nationwide, Acuity heralds a new generation of assessment, enabling educators to deliver true data-driven instruction. Acuity contains four elements of a comprehensive assessment system: ongoing skills measurement, in-depth reporting, data analysis, and resources for individual instruction and intervention. CTB/McGraw-Hill also offers comprehensive professional development, online community forums, implementation, and support services. In 2010, Acuity swept three industry-leading awards to become the premier interim/formative assessment solution available to schools today. For more information, visit CTB.com/Acuity or call 800.538.9547 to schedule a live presentation.

About Yearly ProgressPro
Monitor student progress and learning relative to your state standards using Yearly ProgressPro™. This CODiE award-winning, online progress monitoring solution is built on 25 years of research in Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), a methodology that is proven to improve student-learning outcomes. CBM is particularly effective with Response to Intervention (RTI) programs, a method of academic intervention that is designed to provide early, effective assistance to struggling learners. Invaluable classroom assistance tools, linked to an easy-to understand data management system, allow you to quickly and easily monitor student performance throughout the year. For more information, visit CTB.com/YearlyProgressPro.

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 and 100,000 teachers 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.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net.

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Brandon Engle
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Phone: 916.933.1291
Brandon_Engle@ctb.com

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