Powerful Web-Based Tool for Improving Student Achievement to More Than 200,000 Young Learners in Clark County
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Powerful Web-Based Tool for Improving Student Achievement to More Than 200,000 Young Learners in Clark County

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — July 11, 2011 —

More than 200,000 students in Southern Nevada will benefit in 217 elementary schools and 59 middle schools from access to AIMSweb® – Pearson's powerful web-based assessment and data-management system that enables teachers and administrators to assess and monitor their student's progress, address deficiencies, and recheck learning results quickly and frequently. Pearson has entered into an updated, multi-year contract with the Clark County School District (CCSD) and expands the use of the award-winning benchmarking and progress monitoring tool.

Schools throughout CCSD have been using AIMSweb for more than a decade and the move to expand access to all of its young learners is based on the success of its implementation at schools such as Helen M. Smith Elementary School. After four years of using AIMSweb to supports CCSD's Response to Instruction (RTI) initiative, this ethnically diverse, Title I school with a growing free/reduced lunch population was recently one of just two in Nevada and one of a select group across the nation to earn the coveted Blue Ribbon National School designation from the U.S. Department of Education. School and CCSD leaders attribute part of the credit for this success to the successful way Helen M. Smith Elementary School teachers use AIMSweb.

CCSD's expanded contract is for an AIMSweb Pro Complete subscription which includes Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) testing materials – quick, accurate, valid and reliable assessments of basic academic skills for universal screening and progress monitoring – in all of the academic content areas offered within AIMSweb such as early literacy, reading, language arts (spelling and writing), early numeracy and math. The contract also includes access to AIMSweb's robust, web-based data management and reporting system, web-based scoring tools, and AIMSweb training and professional development services.

The AIMSweb web-based scoring tools will enable teachers to score select reading and math assessments on almost any web-enabled device with a supported browser, such as an iPad®, PC, or laptop. Reports are instantly available as performance scores are automatically uploaded into the system.

To prepare to use the online solution, CCSD teachers will have access to a variety of AIMSweb training opportunities in a variety of formats, including private on-site training, public workshops and web-based offerings for groups and individuals. Training and consultation services are conducted by Pearson's dedicated AIMSweb training team of experienced Certified AIMSweb® Trainers (CATs) as well as CCSD's Student Support Services Division's Facilitators.

"The Clark County School District is making an important investment in its students' futures by expanding the use of AIMSweb to nearly 200,000 learners over the next five years," said Carol Watson, president, Pearson's Clinical Assessment, North America. "We look forward to continuing our close work with education leaders from throughout the district as they leverage the power of our online tool to accelerate academic success for their students."

To learn more about AIMSweb, visit www.AIMSweb.com or call (866) 313-6194.

About Pearson

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). For more information about the Assessment & Information group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/.

For more information:

Adam Gaber, Pearson, 800-745-8489, adam.gaber@pearson.com, @Apgaber (twitter)
Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, lwolfe@lwolfe.com