Southern Nevada Elementary School Students Take Achievement to New Heights With Online Tool From Pearson
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Southern Nevada Elementary School Students Take Achievement to New Heights With Online Tool From Pearson

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — July 11, 2011 —

The 535 students at Helen M. Smith Elementary School are taking academic achievement to new heights, consistently scoring above state averages. In fact, the school 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.

Smith Elementary utilizes AIMSweb® – Pearson's web-based assessment and data-management system that enables teachers and administrators to assess and monitor student progress, address deficiencies, and recheck results quickly and often – to contribute to the school's success.

Four years ago, Smith Elementary implemented AIMSweb as part of the Clark County School District (CCSD) Response to Instruction (RTI) initiative. AIMSweb provides multiple assessments designed to efficiently benchmark and progress-monitor basic academic skills in reading, writing and math for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

"Smith Elementary is a prime example of the way that talented teachers around the country are using the data and tools available from AIMSweb to personalize learning for all of their students, ensuring that everyone is on track to achieve in school, college and careers," said Carol Watson, president, Pearson's Clinical Assessment business. "The school's success is proof positive that if you put powerful data at teachers' fingertips it can truly transform teaching and learning and help student achievement soar."

A key component of AIMSweb is a method of monitoring student progress through frequent, short assessments of basic skills. Each assessment, called a “probe,” takes one to eight minutes to administer, and can be done individually or in groups.

Teachers enter assessment data into the AIMSweb system for analysis and reporting, and data are available to teachers at any time. Because AIMSweb is web-based, teachers can access it from school or home.

Smith Elementary teachers meet once a week to view and evaluate data to determine areas that need to be addressed. They also use the data when meeting with administrators to discuss classroom-level performance, or in parent conferences to talk about individual students.

After AIMSweb assessments illuminate where interventions are needed, teachers and administrators employ a variety of measures to address areas of concern. They also offer before- and after-school tutoring, supplement the curriculum with online solutions to give opportunities for repeated practice, and train aides and volunteers to work with students in the classroom.

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

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