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Scantron® Assessment Analytics™ Solution Launches at ISTE® Conference

Scantron Corporation has launched Scantron® Assessment Analytics. The announcement was made earlier today in Atlanta at the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®). The new solution enables educators to analyze longitudinal assessment data from multiple sources, including Achievement Series®, Scantron’s own award-winning web-based district wide assessment solution for K-12 educators. Scantron® Assessment Analytics™ provides a wide range of interactive dashboards and pre-built connectors that help visualize data for quicker and easier access.

“Scantron understands the struggles that districts go through to make better use of their assessment data, whether from state summative tests, district benchmark testing, college readiness exams, or classroom assessments,” said Anthony Cross, VP of Portfolio Planning & Strategy for Scantron. “We see customers with years’ worth of test data sitting in spreadsheets that they are unable to fully use, because they simply lack the information technology to unlock more value from that data. Scantron Assessment Analytics is a powerful answer to this problem.”

With Scantron Assessment Analytics, administrators can efficiently ask and answer questions about their assessment data from a district or school perspective. The solution facilitates the quick identification of achievement gaps by gender, ethnicity or school. It also presents data in the way users want to see it – starting with a dashboard, then drilling down or across to different views and levels of detail. Scantron Assessment Analytics delivers data visualizations that are interactive and immediate, so educators have current results through daily data updates.

As fast as educators can pose questions, Scantron Assessment Analytics can deliver answers. At the classroom level, teachers can analyze student data by filtering down by standard and identifying specific instructional needs at a class or student level. Scantron Assessment Analytics is powered by QlikView technology. By using QlikView’s patented “associative” query language to create a virtual data warehouse, districts can bypass additional IT projects and costs. As a result, implementation time for Scantron Assessment Analytics is measured in days, rather than in months or years. Also, there are no restrictions or limitations on the questions that can be asked of the data.

“As a leader in assessment products and services, Scantron sees first-hand the difficulty districts face with maximizing the value of their data,” noted Jay Whitchurch, Scantron’s EVP of Portfolio Strategy and Planning. “Because of our experience, we are creating dynamic and intuitive analytic products that today’s educators need to make effective, data empowered decisions.”

About Scantron Corporation

Scantron (www.scantron.com) helps education, commercial and government organizations worldwide measure and improve effectiveness with paper and web-based assessment, data collection and analysis, and survey solutions that are built on leading products and comprehensive, value-added services. The company is best known for its pioneering and exceptional products and services that allow the rapid, accurate and reliable capture of student performance data. Scantron continues this standard with innovative software and survey solutions that leverage its expertise in world-class forms printing and scanner manufacturing. It serves 96 of the top 100 school districts in the United States, as well as 56 countries and 48 Ministries of Education throughout the world that have chosen Scantron’s scanning solutions for their national assessment programs. Scantron's K-12 district wide assessment solution helps educators support improved student outcomes through a combination of computer-adaptive diagnostic testing and standards-based formative assessment. These solutions are supported by Scantron's value-added services: forms, scanners, professional development, and project implementation. Scantron is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., which is comprised of companies focused on optimizing customer relationships through multiple channels. Its major business units − Scantron, Harland Clarke and Valassis − are recognized as leading providers of marketing services, transaction solutions, education services, and intelligent media delivery that create millions of customer touch points annually for their clients. For more information please visit www.harlandclarkeholdings.com.

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