Missouri's School District of Washington Launches Pearson Benchmark Online Assessments

District Implements Assessment Tool to Improve Student Achievement

WASHINGTON, MO. & BLOOMINGTON, MN. - A high-performing district focused on student achievement, Missouri's School District of Washington announced today that it has selected Pearson Benchmark as the Web-based assessment tool to serve its 4,100 students. Teachers and administrators in the district's 11 schools, spanning 250 square miles, will use Pearson Benchmark to measure, manage and maximize student achievement through testing, reporting and analysis of data.

Nick Ginos, deputy superintendent of schools, said Pearson Benchmark "will allow us to monitor student progress and provide better feedback about skills students have mastered and areas needing additional instruction."

Pearson Benchmark allows districts to create tests to take multiple measures of student performance against standards at any time throughout the school year. With the data collected over time, teachers and administrators can monitor student progress against standards, address deficiencies and recheck mastery. The result is more targeted instruction, shorter assessment cycles, more effective teaching delivery and better student results.

Pearson Benchmark provides a new core set of capabilities, including the ability to quickly and accurately assess student progress against standards, use the data to diagnose student learning needs and target instruction to address those needs.

June Wilson, district technology coordinator, said excitement is building as implementation of Pearson Benchmark approaches. "Our principals and teachers are really impressed with how much they'll be able to see," she said. "We'll be able to drill down to the individual student, as well as compare all our schools to standards, down to a particular question on a test. If students aren't mastering concepts, teachers can intervene early, before those students move to the next grade level or course in a series.

"If we see that one school is performing well in a particular area, we'll be able to share its best practices across the district," she said. "Our students will see great benefits."

This district's long-held focus on achievement has resulted in test scores that consistently exceed state averages in virtually every category. And, for four years running, Washington has held the honor of "accredited with distinction in performance" from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"We are very pleased to partner with the School District of Washington to manage student assessment," said John Harnett, president, Pearson Assessments. "By adding Pearson Benchmark to its history of academic achievement, this remarkable Missouri school district is now offering its teachers a powerful tool for ensuring that all of its students achieve at the highest possible levels."

About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments provides assessment instruments and data capture tools and technologies for use in education, business and health care settings. Backed by a half century of knowledge and expertise, Pearson Assessments - integrating Pearson NCS and the assessment division of AGS Publishing with the original Pearson Assessments business - offers products and services to deliver the accurate, reliable and usable information that professionals seek. Pearson Assessments is a business of Pearson Education, the world's largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the international media company. Pearson's other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.


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