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Princeton Review Wins Tennessee Formative Assessments Contract

Just in case you think that the primary purpose of the latest generation of "formative assessments" is anthing other than test preparation, here's the article for you. The Princeton Review saluting Tennessee is rather like Dick Cheney saluting Haliburton. THe effect will be more test prep for kids, particularly in poor schools. They will drop further and further behind in access to real education.

And they when they are pushed out of school, corporate-politico Standardistos can blame them and their teachers--and scoop them up for minimum wage jobs.

John Katzman, CEO of The Princeton Review Inc., announced that the Tennessee Department of Education has awarded the company's K-12 Services division a statewide contract to implement formative assessments. Tennessee's program will be one of the first in the country to provide formative assessments on a statewide basis.

We salute Tennessee for taking a pioneering step in education. Creating a statewide initiative shows great planning for all students.
Data-driven instruction, based on formative assessments, is one of the most successful approaches to accurately measure if students are mastering required skills and to quickly help those with identified problems," said John Katzman, CEO of The Princeton Review.

Formative assessments give teachers, parents, principals and administrators an early indication of which students are unlikely to score at or above grade level on statewide tests which are required under President Bush's No Child Left Behind law. Based on data from these tests, formative assessments quickly identify students who have not grasped basic skills or teachers who have not effectively conveyed the curriculum. They allow for early intervention of academic problems so that students can be helped before they are promoted to the next grade level.

The contract with The Princeton Review provides online delivery of formative assessments, which are tests in math and reading given at strategic intervals throughout the school year. The Princeton Review is also providing professional development for Tennessee's teachers to help them understand the data and how to use the results to make instruction responsive to students' needs. This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

The Princeton Review is one of the largest formative assessment providers. The company recently renewed a similar multi-year contract with the New York City Department of Education, providing formative assessments for over 500,000 students six times a year, and work in a similar capacity with the School District of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools.

— Press Release


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