GRADE and GMADE Commended for Effectiveness, Validity and Reliability

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 18, 2011 – Pearson today announced that the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) now includes GRADE™ (Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) and GMADE™ (Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation) on its list of approved RTI solutions. NCRTI gave the diagnostic assessments the highest possible rating for reliability and endorsement on certain convincing evidence to support classification accuracy and validity. NCRTI reviewed GRADE and GMADE as a part of its annual evaluation of Reading Screening Tools.

“Pearson is honored to have GRADE and GMADE earn this prestigious recognition as reliable RTI solutions, reinforcing the programs’ effectiveness, quality and usability. This independent rating from the leading RTI standard-setting organization is independent confirmation that our top reading and math diagnostic assessments are valid and reliable,” said Carol Watson, president, Pearson’s Clinical Assessment business. “As RTI programs grow, it is important that the rigor of the tools and implementations are based on accurate data gathered from systems like GRADE and GMADE.”

GRADE and GMADE are normative diagnostic reading and math assessments that determine what developmental skills students from preK-12 have mastered and where they need instruction or intervention. As GRADE and GMADE tests levels progress, each measures sequentially more challenging skills appropriate to the specific levels. With rich diagnostic assessment data, educators can determine placement of students, analyze strengths and weaknesses, plan instruction, monitor growth from grade to grade, and help with post-secondary educational planning.

Located at the American Institutes for Research, NCRTI is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The center partners with researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas to build the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI.

In support of its mission, NCRTI established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools and interventions that can be used in an RTI context. The review process requires three Technical Review Committees of national experts evaluate each product against evidence standards. Once tools are found to meet NCRTI’s standards, information on the tools is disseminated through the center’s technical assistance activities and websites.

For more information about GRADE and GMADE call 877-324-2401.

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