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June 25, 2012
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GLOBALSCHOLAR LAUNCHES SOLUTION UPDATES AT
ISTE 2012 EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Leading Education Technology Provider Introduces Newest Releases for Strategic Solutions
BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 25, 2011) — GlobalScholar, a leading provider of data-driven technology solutions to enhance student achievement, today announced that it is launching new market releases of its award-winning products to support key solutions. This is the first time that GlobalScholar has simultaneously introduced updates for all three of its product brands: Scantron®, EXCEED® and Pinnacle™. The releases are being showcased at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), being held in San Diego.
“GlobalScholar is thrilled to introduce the newest updates of our award-winning products to the country’s most forward-thinking educators,” said GlobalScholar President John Lawler. “These improvements provide more robust tools that directly support three strategic solutions that are critical to today’s K-12 educators: Personalized Learning, Educator Effectiveness and Standards-based Education.”
GlobalScholar’s Personalized Learning solution, provides anytime, anywhere learning opportunities by using technology to differentiate instruction, curriculum and assessments. This solution provides a transparent learning environment so that parents can also stay informed of their child’s achievement gaps or gifts. New release features include district-wide dashboard analytics to help predict summative, high-stakes test results; automated Response To Intervention (RTI) emails and alerts for real-time personalization; a newly expanded range of Early Childhood computer-adaptive assessments for grades K-2, aligned to Common Core; and new mastery
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measures of standards, which can be converted to traditional grading. GlobalScholar’s Personalized Learning solutions help meet Absolute Priority 1 for the new Race to the Top (RTT-D) funding for districts.
GlobalScholar’s Educator Effectiveness solution lets administrators and educators go beyond classroom observation to capture a multi-dimensional composite of teaching skills. Schools and districts can now factor in additional data, such as attendance, achievement scores and teaching models. Upgrades include multiple rubrics that can be configured for different evaluation models and roles; addition of evidence data from external sources like Value-Added Measurement (VAM) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP); as well as the ability to capture observations from self, peer and third-party evaluators.
GlobalScholar’s Standards-based Education framework lets educators and their students work in alignment to address gaps in what the students know, as well as what they need to learn. This performance-based perspective provides students with a direct experience of actual subject knowledge, as well as opportunities to advance critical and creative thinking skills. New release features include the ability to measure mastery by standard and item; new standards-based adaptive assessments for grades K-2, written by educators and aligned 100 percent with Common Core; and additional methods for calculating standards-based grades.
According to Lawler, “At GlobalScholar, we believe that implementing Personalized Learning, Educator Effectiveness or a Standards-based Education technology solution is an investment in accelerating student outcomes, now and in the future.”
GlobalScholar (www.globalscholar.com) is committed to developing intelligent data-driven technology solutions that accelerate student growth and achievement. Offering the respected and award-winning product brands of Scantron®, Pinnacle™ and EXCEED®, GlobalScholar works with schools to find solutions that help save time, better manage resources and help reduce the administrative burden for K-12 educators. It partners with some of the most progressive and innovative school systems in America, including recipients of funding from the Race to the Top initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. GlobalScholar is part of Scantron Corporation, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., which also owns Harland Clarke, Harland Financial Solutions and Faneuil.
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