The Pinnacle Plus assessment system is now available to individual users, allowing classroom teachers to launch their own efforts to track standards-based skills and generate accompanying reports. The electronic gradebook includes a Wizard feature that enables teachers to import standards from a district or state department of education. The single-user cost is $80.
Pinnacle Plus upgrades Excelsior's Pinnacle System with the addition of Objectives Manager, a comprehensive standards-based tool for tracking student progress and achievement throughout the year.
Using Pinnacle Plus, educators can assess student performance with multiple grading methods and weighting schemes—letter, number, mastery level, and date performed—and simultaneously link student performance to appropriate standards and benchmarks, proficiency levels or scoring rubrics, including Dr. Robert Marzano's "Power Law" or "Learning Trend Formula."
The Pinnacle System is SQL-based, making it an open architecture system solution that enables the integration of gradebooks, administrative systems or student courseware. Pinnacle software works with all network protocols and file servers.
The free version of the Pinnacle gradebook—which does not offer the new standards-based reporting capabilities—remains available as an online download at the Excelsior Web site.
Source: Excelsior Software, Inc., 800/473-4572 or http://www.excelsiorsoftware.com/