May 18, 2006 16:13 ET

ETS's Criterion(SM) Online Writing Evaluation Wins SIIA Codie Award

PRINCETON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 18, 2006 -- ETS's Criterion(SM) Online Writing Evaluation has won the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)'s Codie Award for Best Instructional Solution for English Language Acquisition.

The coveted Codie awards showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services and honor excellence in corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts. SIIA presented the 2006 Codie Awards at a gala event May 16 in San Francisco.

The Criterion service is an online learning tool that uses automated scoring technologies to evaluate student essays online. The Criterion service helps instructors more quickly evaluate student writing skills by scoring essays that students submit and providing annotated diagnostic feedback in real time about the use of grammar, usage, mechanics, style, and organization and development. Teachers set the parameters for each assignment and can add their own comments to student essays in the form of pop-up notes or comments on a private message board. About a half million elementary, middle, high school and college students across the United States and around the world have used the Criterion service.

"ETS is honored that SIIA and its members have recognized that the Criterion Online Writing Evaluation is making a real difference in the classroom," says Gregg Driben, Associate Vice President for ETS's Elementary & Secondary Education Division. "The Criterion service gives students the opportunity to work independently in a computer lab or at home to improve their writing. It also reduces the amount of time that teachers need to spend reviewing each essay and gives them information they need to make informed instructional changes."

The Criterion service is part of ETS's System 5™ suite of products and services, and was named a finalist in another category: Best Instructional Solution for Language/Arts English--Secondary.

Another System 5 product, ETS's Instructional Data Management System™ application, was a finalist in three award categories: Best Instructional Solution: Classroom Management, Best Student Assessment Solution, and Best Student Information System or Gradebook. The IDMS application is a Web-based software system designed to help K-12 educators manage and use assessment data to drive instructional practices, improve student achievement, and optimize learning results.

For more information about ETS's System 5 suite of K-12 products and services, visit For more information about the Criterion service and the IDMS application and the Criterion service, visit and, respectively.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit

About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

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