Local Company Gives Schools Powerful, Affordable Options

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USATestprep, Inc. is a small business that has expanded their products and services over the past 10 years.

We strive to listen to our users and build what they need. Last year, we were able to deliver a powerful benchmark testing feature for teachers. This summer we focused on element-level review and developing a more Web-2.0 friendly site.

Over the past 10 years, a small company has grown to become one of the nation's leading providers of state-specific, online test review materials. This summer that company, USATestprep, Inc., has expanded again in a variety of ways. What is most surprising is that they have been able to do this while keeping their prices low, and, in some cases, even reducing them.

In 1998, two high school science teachers joined together to produce their first version of an online science review product for the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT). Their first customer, Model High School, paid $225 to help their students on this test. Today, Model High School is still a subscriber to USATestprep (initially the company was GaTest.com), but they are now joined by over 1000 other schools that subscribe to one of 23 custom review products across 16 different states. The price for many of these reviews starts as low as $250.

"We have always kept three goals in mind with the development of the site," says Joe Winterscheidt, Co-Founder, "help the students learn effectively, make it useful and friendly for the teacher, and make it affordable." This summer, they have worked again to reach all three of these goals.

Jay Eckard, fellow Co-Founder, explains, "We strive to listen to our users and build what they need. Last year, we were able to deliver a powerful benchmark testing feature for teachers. This summer we focused on element-level review and developing a more Web-2.0 friendly site." Element-level review refers to giving the teachers the ability to assess students at the individual standard level, which will help identify weaknesses. Web-2.0 refers to the second generation of web design, which focuses on the user experience. Examples include social-networking and video-sharing sites. "This is essentially version 6.5 for us. We're already working on 7.0, our major release, which we expect to be able to give to schools by the time they get back from their Winter Holidays." Current subscribers can expect to receive all of these changes without any additional costs.

Winterscheidt added, "In addition, we were busy this summer developing six new review products at the high school and middle school levels - the TAKS in Texas, EOGs in North Carolina, ARMT in Alabama, ECAs in Indiana, and the EOCs in Arkansas, among others. It was a very busy summer."
Having over 20 years of combined classroom experience, the co-founders understand the importance of usability and affordability for the classroom teacher. "We know that budgets are very tight this year," states Eckard, "that's why we made the decision to keep our prices firm early this spring. In many cases, we even reduced the cost of our product. It may have only been $25 or $50, but that can be the difference for the teacher or school with a limited budget." USATestprep hopes that the increase in Ed Tech funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will also help teachers with the necessary funds for their classroom needs.

Interested schools and districts may learn more at USATestprep or call them toll free at 1-877-456-9302. Subscription services start at only $250 per school and volume district pricing is available.

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