SOURCE: MetaMetrics

MetaMetrics

September 14, 2010 07:00 ET

MetaMetrics Welcomes Anne Schiano as Senior Vice President for Government Relations

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  MetaMetrics® today announced that Anne Schiano has joined the educational measurement and research organization as senior vice president for government relations. With nearly 40 years experience as an educator and administrator, Schiano assumes responsibility for working with state departments of education to add Lexile® and Quantile® measures to their testing programs, as well as the state consortia that are developing universal assessments in response to the Common Core State Standards and other federal programs. Nearly half of all states report students' reading scores as a Lexile measure on their high-stakes assessments, and an increasing number of states are adopting Quantile measures for mathematics. 

Prior to MetaMetrics, Schiano spent 29 years with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Most recently, she was assistant director, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Instructional Technology, where she oversaw the development of the state's learning standards, curriculum guidance materials and instructional resources. As a member of the NYSED senior management team, Schiano recommended educational policy to the New York State Board of Regents and Education Commissioner; strengthened districts' capacity to offer standards-based instruction in compliance with federal and state educational mandates; established the NYSED Virtual Learning System, Physical Education Profile Assessment, Voluntary Arts Assessment and other statewide programs; and supervised NYSED's federal and state competitive grant submissions. She helped draft NYSED's Race to the Top application, which resulted in the state securing Phase Two funding, and contributed to the development of the Common Core State Standards.

During her tenure at NYSED, Schiano established and directed the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning, which advances educators' professional development by focusing more on learning standards and progressions, formative assessment, instructional modifications, and the collection of student growth data. Her passion for education and improving students' academic achievement resulted in various awards and honors, such as the NYS Technology Education Association's Appreciation Award in 2010, the NYS School Library Association's Advocate Recognition in 2009, the NYS Reading Association's Advocate of the Year in 2007, and Georgetown Washington University's Elliot Fellow Award: Governing in the Global Age in 2005. 

"Anne has a proven record of bringing about change in our nation's schools, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of individual learners," said MetaMetrics President Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. "Her experiences and insights as an educator and administrator will be valuable assets as our organization builds new relationships with state and federal agencies to support all learners as they progress toward college and career readiness."

MetaMetrics' reading, writing and mathematics frameworks differ from other measurement systems in that they use common, developmental scales to match students with instructional resources and activities that will meet and challenge their abilities. The Lexile Framework for Reading connects students with reading materials using a common metric called a Lexile measure. Recognized as the most widely used reading measure, Lexile measures enable educators and families to find books, articles and other materials that will challenge a student's ability while maintaining interest and learning. Each year, over half of U.S. students receive a Lexile measure from reading assessments and programs.

The Lexile Framework for Writing expresses student writing ability on the same Lexile scale as reading ability, providing educators with a consistent approach to monitor student writing growth and reinforce the importance of reading in the development of writing skills.

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics measures student mathematics achievement, the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts, and the materials for teaching mathematics. Quantile measures describe which skills and concepts a student is ready to learn and those that will require additional instruction, enabling educators to connect students with resources that meet their learning needs.

For more information on MetaMetrics' frameworks, visit www.Lexile.com and www.Quantiles.com.

About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics, an educational measurement and research organization, develops scientific measures of student achievement that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning. The organization's renowned psychometric team created the widely adopted Lexile Framework for Reading (www.Lexile.com); El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the reading framework; The Quantile Framework for Mathematics (www.Quantiles.com); and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, MetaMetrics offers professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services.

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