Pearson has announced that it is collaborating with LearningStation, an e-learning provider, and Promethean, an instructional technology company, to launch a solution for district and classroom assessment that it says will enable administrators and teachers to make increasingly powerful connections between assessment and learning. Pearson’s assessment for learning solution will be available to schools for the 2009-2010 school year.
With Pearson’s new assessment solution, local assessment coordinators, as well as principals and teachers, can use an intuitive interface to create aligned classroom assessments and quizzes quickly. With the solution’s management capabilities, teachers can access multiple item banks with a few clicks of the mouse or they can add their own content through a teacher-friendly authoring interface. Assessments can be developed for the whole class, a group of students, or an individual student. Once the teacher assigns the tests, students log on, complete the assigned online assessment, and get immediate results. Or, the teacher can present the assessment on an interactive whiteboard, and students can use learner response devices to submit their answers.
LearningStation is collaborating with Pearson on the development of the assessment management system. LearningStation is recognized for its innovative solutions that evaluate and address individual student needs with Action Test Builder, an assessment and integrated instruction tool.
Promethean brings its expertise in classroom integration of interactive whiteboards and learner response devices to the development of Pearson’s new solution. Pearson’s assessment for learning solution will connect directly to interactive whiteboards and will be customized for the Promethean ActivBoard and learner response systems, ActivExpresssion and ActiVote.
Along with technology from LearningStation and Promethean, the new Assessment for Learning Solution will be integrated with Pearson Inform, a data analysis and decision support tool. Pearson Inform provides a reporting and analytics platform with longitudinal and aggregated reporting of results, dynamic grouping of students based on individual needs, recording and tracking of Response to Intervention data, individualized academic improvement plan management and monitoring, and other reporting requirements.
Source: Pearson, www.pearson.com