The integration of NEO 2 and Vantage Learning’s MY Access! creates a tremendous opportunity for students to write and revise even more frequently
Ewing, NJ (Vocus) September 1, 2009
Vantage Learning, the world's leading provider of online writing assessment tools and instructional writing solutions, is pleased to announce that its signature writing program, MY Access!, used by more than 1,500,000 students worldwide, is now available to students via their wireless NEO 2 Laptops, provided by Renaissance Learning.
Through a jointly developed free plug in for NEO 2, students can wirelessly download writing prompts from MY Access! to their NEO 2s, draft and complete their writing assignments on their NEO 2s, and receive instant scoring and feedback from Vantage Learning’s patented artificial intelligence engine IntelliMetric, considered the gold standard for automated essay scoring.
“The integration of NEO 2 and Vantage Learning’s MY Access! creates a tremendous opportunity for students to write and revise even more frequently”, said Harry Barfoot, VP of Vantage Learning. “The results are clear: the more students write, the better writers and overall students they become.”
The first school district to utilize this new writing connection is the Berlin Township School District in NJ. Students have been using NEO 2’s for two years and will begin using MY Access! this fall; students in grades four through eight will take part in this unique and innovative way to improve their writing skills.
Berlin Township School District, a district with exemplary implementation of programs and services from Renaissance Learning, provides active leadership and use of innovative ways to help their students succeed.
According to Brian Betze, Berlin Township School District Superintendent, "We recognize the value of programs such as MY Access! and Renaissance Learning products such as Accelerated Reader, STAR, and the NEO 2 laptops. All have been important in advancing student learning and achievement at Berlin. Providing the ability to have student essays scored instantly through MY Access! and the NEO 2s offers Berlin Township Schools the chance to have students write more frequently and further develop critical thinking and writing skills for the future. These 21st century technology tools will assist our teachers as we kick-off the 2009/2010 school year."
To use MY Access!, students write an essay based on a teacher’s assignment, and submit it to the Web-based system. The program instantly analyzes over 350 semantic, syntactic, and discourse characteristics, and scores the students on focus and meaning, organization, content and development, language use and style, mechanics and conventions, and overall writing proficiency. MY Access! then scores the essays on a scale of 1 to 6, provides immediate feedback to students, and saves teachers valuable time to focus on personalized, targeted student instruction instead.
To download the free MY Access! for NEO 2 plug in, visit Renaissance Learning’s download center.
ABOUT VANTAGE LEARNING
A pioneer providing Software as a Service (SaaS), Vantage Learning is recognized as the leader in cost-effective online assessment and instructional programs for K-12 and higher education. Leveraging technology such as artificial intelligence, natural language understanding, and Web-based learning objects, Vantage provides educators with high-quality tools and resources that motivate students to learn and that create meaningful interaction between students, parents and teachers.
Acknowledged by industry leaders as the gold standard for scoring quality, consistency, reliability, and scalability of automated essay scoring using the patented IntelliMetric® engine, Vantage Learning has received accolades ranging from the prestigious CODIE Award for best instructional technology to recognition by Eduventures as one of the eight most innovative educational technology companies.
About RENAISSANCE LEARNING
Renaissance Learning is the world's leading provider of computer-based assessment technology for pre-K-12 schools. Adopted by more than 75,000 North American schools, Renaissance Learning's tools provide daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance the curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing, and math. Our products help educators make the practice component of their existing curriculum more effective by providing tools to personalize practice and easily manage the daily activities for students of all ability levels. As a result, teachers using Renaissance Learning products accelerate learning, get more satisfaction from teaching, and achieve higher test scores on state and national tests.