DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 24, 2013) - MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading and Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, and ERB (Educational Records Bureau), premier provider of state-of-the-art assessment and learning solutions, announced today that they have expanded their partnership to deliver Lexile and Quantile measures for nearly 290,000 students participating in ERB's Comprehensive Testing Program. ERB has been partners with MetaMetrics for over 4 years and provides the first test used in both private and public schools around the world that is linked to both the Lexile Framework and Quantile Framework.
ERB's Comprehensive Testing Program, 4th Edition (CTP 4) and CTP Online (CTP), is a rigorously designed series of assessments in reading, writing and mathematics. The assessment provides data and trends that help teachers, parents and administrators gain insights to maximize student achievement, provide differentiated instruction and adapt curriculum.
"The inclusion of Lexile and Quantile measures has significantly enhanced our testing program," said David Clune, Chief Executive Officer of ERB. "The metrics facilitate differentiated instruction and promote growth in students' reading and math abilities. More ERB member schools and families will now have the power to engage in targeted instruction and have a wealth of new resources available to them."
The Lexile Framework is an innovative tool for accurately matching readers with text. Unlike other measurement systems, the Lexile Framework evaluates reading ability and growth based on actual assessment results, rather than generalized age or grade levels. The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for measuring reader ability and text complexity, ranging from below 200L for emergent readers and emergent-reader materials to above 1600L for advanced readers and materials. Tens of millions of Lexile® measures are reported annually from reading assessments and programs. Lexile measures help teachers, librarians and parents find books, articles and other resources within a reader's recommended Lexile range. Reading materials within a student's optimal Lexile range will challenge the individual's reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning.
Quantile® measures improve mathematics teaching and learning by targeting instruction and monitoring student growth toward proficiency standards and the mathematical demands of college and careers. The Quantile Framework for Mathematics (Quantiles.com) is a unique measurement system that uses a common scale and metric to assess a student's mathematical achievement level and the difficulty of specific skills and concepts. The Quantile Framework describes a student's ability to solve mathematical problems and the demand of the skills and concepts typically taught in kindergarten mathematics through Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. Quantile measures take the guesswork out of instruction by describing which mathematical skills and concepts the student has learned and is ready to learn.
"We are thrilled to partner with such an established and respected organization like ERB," said Malbert Smith, III, Ph.D, President and co-founder of MetaMetrics. "ERB provides a valuable and trusted testing program for thousands of schools. We applaud ERB for recognizing the important value our metrics add to their program. We are excited that our metrics will reach more students and make an impact in both private and public school markets through this partnership."
Students receiving Lexile and Quanitle measures from their ERB assessments can use these measures to utilize numerous free resources including the popular "Find a Book" and "Math@Home®." Math@Home provides access to a growing number of family-friendly mathematical resources that support the textbook lesson a child is studying in school. "Find a Book" enables users to build custom reading lists based on Lexile range and personal interests and to check the availability of books at their local library. With more than 135,000 fiction and nonfiction titles and hundreds of publishers, "Find a Book" enables educators and families to utilize the Lexile Framework and match readers with appropriate text.
MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics' products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile® para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics), and writing (The Lexile® Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with the organization at: http://blog.lexile.com.
ERB is a not-for-profit membership association providing admissions, achievement and support services for PreK-Grade 12 independent, public, faith-based, and boarding schools worldwide. ERB has been lighting the pathway to student learning in the 21st century by teaming up with ERB member school teachers to develop admission and achievement services that are delivered in a user-friendly online format, providing robust feedback and immediate score reporting for actionable, differentiated instruction. For over 85 years, and nearly 3,000 member schools and districts, ERB has provided quality services to schools around the world. For more information, please visit www.erblearn.org.