Performance Series™ Receives Department of Education Approval For Blue Ribbon School Program

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Schools Can Now Use the Scantron Performance Series™ Computer-Adaptive Testing To Apply for the Department of Education Program Honoring High Performing Schools

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We’re pleased to be part of encouraging recognition for all the public and private schools who work so hard to improve student achievement and especially the teachers who make it happen.

GlobalScholar today announced that the Department of Education has accepted Performance Series™ as an approved test for schools applying for the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Schools will be able to begin using Performance Series for the upcoming Blue Ribbon Schools application period, which opens in November.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students. The program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.

High performing schools are defined as schools who are ranked among a state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments in both reading and math, or that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in the most recent year tested. Improving schools are schools with at least 40% of their students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by improving student performance to high levels in reading and math on state assessments or tests referenced by national norms in the most recent year tested.

Performance Series is a web-based, computer-adaptive diagnostic test that's reliable, valid, and standards-based. Educators use it to pinpoint proficiency levels instantly, place students in the appropriate programs, report progress, and predict performance on high-stakes tests. The latest release adds tests for Algebra I-II and Geometry – the first adaptive tests available on the market that are developed specifically to assess the knowledge and skills addressed within the Common Core State Standards.

“Schools around the country have been using Performance Series to predict performance and prepare for high-stakes tests for years,” said John Lawler, President of GlobalScholar. “It’s exciting that Performance Series can now also be used to qualify for Blue Ribbon status and we’re pleased to be part of encouraging recognition for all the public and private schools who work so hard to improve student achievement and especially the teachers who make it happen.”

About GlobalScholar

GlobalScholar (http://www.globalscholar.com) is comprised of the education solution offerings of Scantron, GlobalScholar and Spectrum K12. Solutions from GlobalScholar empower educators, parents and students throughout the entire learning lifecycle, helping schools achieve educational excellence. The brand’s offerings provide educators with data and insights needed to advance teacher effectiveness and student performance. GlobalScholar also supports parents and students directly with online services that include tutoring and homework help for students, as well as school matching services/online school finders to help parents find the right school for their child. The brand serves 80 of the largest 100 school districts in the United States, as well as 70 countries and 15 Ministries of Education throughout the world. 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. Scantron Corporation is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., which also owns Harland Clarke Corp. and Harland Financial Solutions, Inc.

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