Pearson Assessments has launched the newest version of its Prosper assessment system. Prosper version 4 includes new reports that allow teachers and school administrators to identify at-risk students and standards that require instructional intervention. New networking capabilities make for easier software installation and management and sharing of data throughout a school. Enhanced imaging capabilities allow educators to easily score performance items and compare them to objectives.
First launched in 2004, the Prosper assessment system features tools teachers can use for creating, scoring, and analyzing classroom tests while minimizing the administrative burden.
Using the new "Standards-At-Risk" report, teachers and school administrators can pinpoint standards that require additional instructional intervention, while the added "Learner Instructional Targets" report allows teachers to identify students who need remediation to keep them on track for meeting learning goals. In addition, these reports offer teachers an objective tool for guiding discussions about student performance at parent-teacher conferences.
The assessment system can import state learning standards from Prosper's "Academic Standards Library," allowing administrators to compare student progress toward learning goals. They can select their own groups for the new "Demographic Comparison" report to show where specific groups of students are on the path to achieving standards.
Developed to be installed on a building network, Prosper version 4 is locally-deployed on the school's servers, making it easier for administrators to aggregate student data and view it from a building administration perspective, according to the announcement. With Prosper's enhanced imaging capabilities, test results scanned using an OpScan iNSIGHT scanner can be presented directly on the computer screen, and the new "Review Wizard" combines scores so that teachers can produce rubrics and analyze and score performance items as well as selected response items.
More information about Prosper is available online at http://www.pearsonassessments.com/prosper.
Source: Pearson Assessments, http://www.pearsonassessments.com/