New Classroom Tool Helps California Students Master State Standards

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California is latest state with fully aligned item banks for Learnia Advanced.

Leading test publisher Harcourt Assessment, Inc., today announced the release of Learnia™ Advanced, California Edition, a formative assessment solution specifically designed for California students in grades K-12. Learnia Advanced, California Edition includes an annually updated item bank for grades 3-8 using a unique multidimensional alignment to the California Content Standards that considers depth and breadth of content and cognitive level coverage.

"With a strong multidimensional alignment to the core California Content Standards, Learnia Advanced, California Edition provides teachers in California with a tool of unmatched utility to help students learn and master the state standards," said Learnia Senior Product Line Manager Denise Gillis. "Learnia Advanced provides a valid and reliable foundation of benchmarking and formative assessments, with the look and feel of California Standardized Tests (CST), while item banking functionality allows assessments to be created to match a district's pacing guide."

Learnia Advanced, California Edition provides educators in California with a flexible formative assessment tool that informs classroom instruction by yielding student results that can be used for making data-driven instructional changes in a coherent and consistent manner. The data generated by Learnia helps teachers and administrators gauge how effectively curriculum and instruction are working, as well as assists them in identifying areas where change may be needed to maximize student learning.

Learnia Advanced, California Edition provides content aligned to the California State Standards and presents it using state-specific style, format and nomenclature. This new content is constructed to California-specific item development blueprints, aligning items multidimensionally to the state standards, meaning that content covers tested standards at the GLE level, aligns to the cognitive levels specified in the standards, and addresses breadth/weighting of each standard. Through an in-depth development process, comprehensive content is included in the California item bank to cover all standards included on the statewide exams with new content refreshed annually by the Harcourt Assessment development team.

In addition to a valid and reliable foundation of preconstructed assessments for benchmarking student's progress to the CST, Learnia Advanced, California Edition features:

  •     Scale scores and Technical Reports provided for the preconstructed State Benchmark Assessments.
  •     Formative assessment capability which provides support for K-12 using either exercise items available for all grade levels or thousands of enhanced assessment items with patented answer analysis capabilities for high-stakes grades of 3-8.
  •     Powerful item banking functionality with enhanced functionality such as an instructional planner and calendar.
  •     Thousands of California-specific Learnia assessment items that utilize Harcourt Assessment's patented answer analysis to pin-point breakdowns in student learning and inform instruction.
  •     A flexible exercise item bank containing more than 30,000 items.
  •     Includes expanded subject coverage of reading and math, with science and social studies items aligned to national standards included as a bonus.
  •     Available Integrated Professional Services and a wide array of on-going Professional Development services to help ensure customer success and maximization of learning gains when using Learnia.

Learnia's state-of-the-art reporting features provide practical data with immediate utility for teachers and administrators. Data can be aggregated and disaggregated to easily identify performance by student, roster, grade, classroom, school and even by standard - without needing a statistician to interpret the results. Tests can be administered and scored online, with reports delivered in two formats, fixed and interactive. The fixed reports provide immediate, summary results on how students performed on a particular test, while the interactive reports allow teachers to drill down and analyze results at the item level to identify exactly where learning is breaking down.

For more information on Learnia Advanced, California Edition, visit http://california.learnia.net.

About Harcourt Assessment, Inc.:
Based in San Antonio, Harcourt Assessment, Inc. is a leading provider of high-quality assessment instruments and testing programs published under two brand names -- Harcourt Assessment and The Psychological Corporation. For more than 85 years, Harcourt Assessment and The Psychological Corporation have been providing insight about children and adults; informing instruction, curricula, and clinical practice; collaborating with educators and clinical professionals; assisting human resources, admissions and credential professionals; and creating assessment innovations, in order to provide the most effective assessment solutions for the success of all individuals.

The company is a unit of Harcourt Education, a global education provider serving students and teachers in PreK through grade 12, adult learners, and readers of all ages. Harcourt Education is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc. (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leading publisher and information provider. It is owned equally by Reed Elsevier PLC (NYSE: RUK) and Reed Elsevier NV (NYSE: ENL).

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