Company: GlobalScholar, 1100 112th Ave. NE, Suite 100 South Bldg., Bellevue, WA 98004, (877) 239-1150, www.globalscholar.com/Products/PinnacleSuite.html
Price: The Pinnacle Suite is designed in a modular form so that school districts can scale their purchases to their needs. The Pinnacle Suite is offered at $2–$4 per student, per module.
Audience: The Pinnacle Suite is designed for a K–12 environment and used to enhance the educational professionals’ knowledge of a student’s progress.
Format: The Pinnacle Suite combines many online assessment tools to make student evaluation quick and comprehensive. Some modules work to help with teacher evaluation as well.
System Requirements: The district must have up-to-date networked systems to take advantage of the Pinnacle Suite and all its software.
Description: Pinnacle Suite takes a holistic view of student achievement by supplying tools that generate assessment results and clear ways to analyze students’ needs. Using state and national standards, teachers are shown which needs match with the standards and where additional instruction is required.
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Installation: The company does the setup working with the district, and the system can be continually upgraded. As for the classroom, the teacher logs in with one username and password to access any of the modules. Installation Rating: A
Content/Features: The complete Pinnacle Suite includes eight modules that cover a range of needs in any school. It’s a total management system. Schools or districts can select from the modules and implement only the ones they need. All modules run together seamlessly.
The first one is Student Information System, a single resource for health, transportation, discipline, and scheduling. Second is Pinnacle Grade, a gradebook that provides a comprehensive look at student progress. Results of each evaluation are tied to standards. Student progress is displayed, or needs for further instruction are shown. This allows classroom teachers, parents, and specialists to see a student’s needs and immediately proceed to assist with instruction. Pinnacle Instruction links educators to content-neutral platforms with district-approved curricula for increasing student understanding. This might include learning plans, resources, and activities.
Pinnacle Insight shows the user complex data in visual graphics and makes potential problem areas apparent. This is powerful information for planning instruction for the future. Pinnacle PAL (Accelerated Learning) works with interactive whiteboards, voice, and chat to support how students like to learn.
Pinnacle Aspire, Pinnacle Professionals Development, and Pinnacle Evaluate are more administrative tools to help with teacher evaluation and overall research for school improvement. Content/Features Rating: A
Ease of Use: Pinnacle Suite is totally online and available to educators where and when they need to access it. The entry of scores is straightforward, and the results are programmed to assist the teacher and measure student progress. This program needs a little initial training, but the benefits include considerable timesavings and extensive information on improving teacher efficiency. Ease of Use Rating: A
Product Support: With 20 years of experience helping schools, the team members at Pinnacle will step in to assist with implementation. They designate a special representative in the district, have an extensive FAQ for reference, and continually add upgrades to the system to fix problems. GlobalScholar’s conference events are held around the country to provide information to users and administrators. For support call (800) 797-2728 during business hours. Product Support Rating: A
Recommendation: The Pinnacle Suite contains a diverse list of tools and capabilities. The modules make it easy for schools and districts to select the ones they feel will be more beneficial to their population. I like the flexibility of this program and how it ties results to standards. This certainly helps teachers know which areas to remediate and what the student strengths are so that more progress can be made.
I recommend that you read the information on the GlobalScholar website and then talk to a salesperson to get details of how the program would benefit your teaching needs. This company is looking to the future with interactive results and solutions for improving scores. They will also guide you in the direction of grants and programs that will help you to pay for this program. Highly Recommended.
Reviewer: Susan W. Hixson, educational consultant; (480) 837-7803; firstname.lastname@example.org.