SOURCE: LearningStation

December 15, 2008 12:35 ET

Educators Rely on Formative Assessment Tool to Meet Student Achievement Goals

94 Percent of Educators Credit LS Test Builder With Having Positive Impact on Student Achievement in New Customer Survey

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - More than 16,000 educators are embracing the robust LearningStation platform to personalize the learning experience and improve student achievement. In a recent survey of teachers and administrators using LearningStation solutions, 94 percent reported that LS Test Builder, LearningStation's formative assessment tool, has a positive impact on student achievement in their classrooms. This announcement comes as LearningStation marks its third year offering LS Test Builder to the K-12 education market.

In just the past year, educators have administered more than 257,000 unique state standards-aligned practice tests online with LS Test Builder. Both administrators and teachers pointed to the need to assess the progress of their students on a regular basis in order to individualize instruction, allowing for remediation or enrichment as needed for each student. Administrators noted that assessment and student achievement continue to be their most pressing priorities.

Major Survey Findings:

--  98 percent of school- and district-level administrators indicated that
    formative assessment is important in their schools.
    
--  96 percent of the same administrators indicated it is important for
    them to gather and analyze formative assessment data online.
    
--  89 percent of classroom teachers indicated formative assessment is
    important in their classrooms, with 75 percent reporting they use LS Test
    Builder to conduct standards-aligned assessments at least once a month.
    
--  When comparing year over year survey results, there was a 20 percent
    increase in administrators reporting a positive impact on student
    achievement with the use of LS Test Builder.
    

"Since 2005 we have partnered with LearningStation to deliver LS Test Builder through the Empowered Desktop by Kan-ed, the Kansas state-wide portal, to all Kansas schools," said Brad Williams, executive director of Kan-ed. "By doing so, we equip all Kansas teachers with a powerful tool for formative assessment and differentiated instruction and provide Kansas school administrators with access to data, a critical component to ensure our schools are set up to help every student succeed."

Teachers and administrators using LS Test Builder commented on their success in formative assessment and student achievement:

--  "We just received our test scores from last year and all core areas
    showed tremendous improvement."
--  "It [LS Test Builder] has allowed teachers to build formative
    assessments that are directly aligned to the students in their classrooms.
    The teachers can also track student progress on indicators throughout the
    year."
--  "Formative assessments have been a blessing to me and my students.
    Thank you!"
--  "This is another tool in helping students be prepared for state
    assessments and as a result allows us to meet AYP [Annual Yearly
    Progress]."
    

"Our customers identified achievement and budget as their top two priorities in the survey," said Jim Kirchner, CEO of LearningStation. "They also proclaimed LS Test Builder as a critical tool for meeting their objectives. We are proud to offer a truly engaging classroom solution that is cost effective and is making a difference for students, teachers and administrators."

For more information about LS Test Builder, visit http://www.learningstation.com.

About LearningStation

LearningStation, a leading provider of customized e-learning tools for K-12 classrooms, connects administrators, teachers, parents, and students to maximize the digital classroom and improve student achievement. Schools use LearningStation's innovative solutions to evaluate and address individual student needs with LS Test Builder, a standards-aligned formative assessment and integrated instruction tool; communicate with students and families through LS Teacher Pages, an easy-to-use Web site creation tool; store and share files simply and securely online with the Education Backpack; and engage students with integrated online content that fits seamlessly into class assignments. LearningStation has been honored by several groups in the learning industry for its significant contributions to the growth of education technology. For more information about LearningStation and its solutions, please visit www.learningstation.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Robin L. Christensen
    LearningStation
    (704) 926-5400 Ext. 5327
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