Next Generation of Powerful Tool for Linking Assessment to Instruction, aimswebPlus From Pearson, Launches at ISTE 2016

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aimswebPlus puts information for monitoring student progress, personalizing learning at educators’ fingertips

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DENVER – June 27, 2016 – Today, at ISTE 2016, Pearson launched aimswebPlus™, the newest member of its aimsweb family. With aimswebPlus, educators can assess student progress, analyze data, set goals for individual students and observe growth trends for an entire district – all in one place.

Built on the foundation of a product that first launched in 2000, aimswebPlus draws upon more than 30 years of published research to inform its design. aimswebPlus uses both timed curriculum-based measures and untimed standards-based measures to assess skills and inform instruction. Teachers can monitor the progress of students, determine the effectiveness of instruction, and manage student assessment data – all through one online system– to keep all students on the path to success.

The curriculum-based measures in aimswebPlus focus on the automaticity of foundational skills and provide short, indicative and predictive measures of student success, allowing for ongoing progress monitoring. The new standards based assessments are designed to more closely reflect a student's performance on high stakes tests, and give more diagnostic information, such as specific strengths and weaknesses on math and reading skills. These untimed measures are built to reflect the expectations of state standards.

“The thousands of educators who have come to rely on aimsweb as a powerful response to intervention solution will now find it an even more powerful tool for linking assessment to instruction for all students in their classrooms and schools,” said Aurelio Prifitera, Ph.D., managing director of Pearson’s clinical assessment group. “Its firm foundation in research, curriculum based measures and standards based assessments provide teachers and administrators with all of the information that they need to support personalized instruction for all students in one convenient place.”

Since 2002, Indian Prairie School District in Illinois has used aimsweb to conduct universal screening of students in kindergarten through eighth grade. During the 2015–2016 academic year, Indian Prairie participated in a beta test for aimswebPlus.

Patrick Nolten, executive director of assessment, research and evaluation, said, “Our early experiences with aimswebPlus during beta testing have been very positive. From rostering to report interpretation, it has been well received by the teaching staff as a potentially powerful tool to screen and identify students with varying academic needs.”

New features in aimswebPlus include:

  • Online assessment delivery for grades 2 and up
  • New summary reports and detailed student and class reports that translate easily to daily instructional decisions
  • Quick, effective math and reading assessments, that provide reports with Lexile reading and Quantile math measures
  • Online test administration and instant progress reporting
  • Updated norms and new measures
  • New untimed, standards-aligned measures
  • Compatibility with any curriculum

For more information, visit http://www.aimswebplus.com.

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Media Contact: Hillary Stroud, hillary.stroud(at)pearson(dot)com, (202) 407-6661

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