We are delighted to launch College Success and serve the higher education marketplace
Ewing, NJ (Vocus) September 30, 2009
McCann Associates, an innovative leader in the development and deployment of high-stakes and diagnostic professional assessments for public and private organizations since 1959, today launched College Success™.
College Success is computer-adaptive placement testing system delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS) and used to assess the knowledge and skills of incoming college students to institutions of higher education. Tests within College Success are designed to diagnose students’ strengths and weaknesses and help colleges and universities make appropriate course placement decisions for students. College Success is designed to provide placement advice and guidance information for students entering two- or four-year institutions of higher education.
College Success compliments McCann’s Measured Success online testing and certification platform, a two-time CODiE Award Finalist for Best Corporate Learning Solution. Powering testing and certification requirements for organizations ranging from GE MDS to the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), Measured Success offers a dynamic online capabilities that allow businesses, institutions and organizations to manage online training programs, control delivery of corporate documents, create and deliver assessments and surveys and view results immediately. Modules such as item authoring, test creation and delivery, immediate scoring, customized reporting, and data and account management centralize the creation and delivery of assessments; the online, interactive interface makes the process easy and intuitive. Additionally, a "virtual library" allows users to store training materials and other important documents, which can be linked to assessments as pre-study material and/or post test materials. This powerful capability is unique in the industry and uses patented natural language processing technologies to help users find authoritative resources to build into the virtual library.
College Success delivers accurate measurement of student’s knowledge and skills via a sophisticated computer-adaptive branching algorithm and computer adaptive testing technology to select specific test questions that are best suited for each particular test taker. This “individualizing” of the test for each student allows for accurate diagnosis of students’ knowledge and skills using fewer items than are typically required in traditional “paper-and-pencil” tests or even online linear tests. As soon as a student finishes a test, his or her score is available immediately. Additionally, the writing portion of the program is powered by IntelliMetric®, considered the gold-standard for automated scoring of student writing, and used by the Graduate Management Admissions Council® (GMAC® to score the Graduate Management Admissions Test® (GMAT®) writing section.
The specific skills measured within College Success are:
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Skills
- Elementary Algebra
- College Level Math
- English Proficiency
“We are delighted to launch College Success and serve the higher education marketplace,” stated Pamela Kirby, VP of McCann Associates. “We delivered the first Software as a Service (SaaS) application to higher education in 1998 and have continuously improved upon the technology platform each year. We look forward to serving the needs of college administrators and students, and help them achieve their goals by implementing affordable software solutions, particularly during these challenging economic times.”
About McCann Associates:
McCann Associates has designed and delivered custom-developed high-stakes and diagnostic professional assessments for public and private organizations since 1959, with an emphasis on employment screening and career advancement evaluations for public safety occupations. Private and public institutions alike rely on McCann assessments to make reliable judgments of individuals. For nearly five decades, more than 1 million prospective police officers, firefighters and EMTs can point to a McCann assessment as the starting point to a successful and fulfilling professional career.
Today, McCann Associates has expanded its focus to meaningfully impact the lives and careers of college students, prospective employees and professionals. McCann's offerings include Measured Success™, with pre-packaged diagnostic assessments for College Readiness and Work Skills covering math, reading, writing, and computer skills; MYAccess!® Professional, an online instructional writing program that immediately evaluates written submissions, provides individualized revision plans, and includes a plethora of online writing tools; Correct English™, a writing improvement and productivity tool for use in everyday business writing that provides grammar and spelling feedback in over a dozen languages, revision tips, models of exemplar business memorandums, letters, proposals, reports and much more; and paper and pencil assessment services including item writing, test creation, printing and shipping, scoring and reporting. Learn more at http://www.mccanntesting.com.