San Fernando, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2014) – The clock is ticking, and school districts are running out of time to acquire the audio equipment required to administer Common Core assessments this spring. Many districts have not ordered the tech resources needed for the new tests, and the longer they procrastinate, the more difficult it will be to procure the equipment. To make the process less stressful for district administrators, Califone International LLC is going the extra mile. The premier manufacturer of quality audio technology for schools introduces a new headphone, earbud and headset program guaranteeing in-time shipment of the essential audio equipment that districts need for spring assessments.

The stakes are high. Mandatory use of headphones for the English language arts testing sessions has been specified by PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and other key Common Core assessments, and to accommodate students who require such tools as text-to-speech in the mathematics tests. Under the new Califone program, districts that place orders through authorized Califone dealers by Nov. 21 will have their headphones, earbuds and headsets ship from Califone as early as March 3, 2015. If a headphone or headset order is delayed past the ship date of their choosing (if March 3 is too early, from then until June 26), the order will be free of cost.

“Since headphones are critical for the Common Core, districts should plan ahead to supply the mandated technology to their students,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “The testing deadline will be here before we know it, and district leaders will have trouble finding headphones and headsets in the quantities they need for their schools. This program eases districts’ Common Core test preparation stress by guaranteeing they will have equipment in time for the spring.”

This first time offer is applicable to all headphone, earbud and headset models. For full details, visit

About Califone
Califone was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education. The company’s products enable educators to incorporate rich audiovisual resources into lessons that help students build speaking and listening skills, critical to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core State Standards. Califone offers a complete line of audio solutions, wireless systems and multimedia products for small, medium and large presentation needs, and serves millions of educators and students in the PreK through higher education school environments.

Media Contacts
• Tim Ridgway, Califone LLC, 800-722-0500 x428,
• Chris Swietlik, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x23,

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