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Pearson’s aimsweb Expands to Include Behavior Module for Boosting Academic Success in Classrooms

August 26, 2010

Award-Winning RTI System Now Addresses Social, Emotional, Behavior Skills and Problems

San Antonio — August 26, 2010 — Educators can now utilize Pearson’s Response to Intervention (RTI) and progress monitoring system aimsweb ® to screen, identify, and manage student behavior and social skills in the classroom. The newly launched aimsweb Behavior module offers a set of behavioral tools that work in tandem with the system’s academic assessments and data management features to implement a comprehensive RTI framework in their classrooms.

RTI is an emerging approach used in classrooms across the nation to help all children learn by identifying problems earlier, continuously monitoring student progress and applying appropriate learning strategies to keep students on track.

aimsweb’s new behavior and social skills toolkit provides a way to identify, intervene and monitor behavior and social skills in the classroom. Supporting positive behavior programs, “school rules” initiatives and behavior management programs, the toolkit helps teachers and specialists discover and moderate these issues early — before they negatively affect a student’s academic performance or lead to costly disciplinary action referrals.

“Estimates suggest that 10 to 20 percent of America’s students may need support for their behavioral or emotional problems. Without prevention and intervention, these students are at risk for becoming adversely affected by chronic conditions at great cost to schools and society. By offering an aimsweb behavior solution, we can now provide school districts with one central system to screen for both academic and behavior skills to reach students before it’s too late,” said Carol Watson, president and general manager of Pearson’s Clinical Assessment North America group.

aimsweb Behavior’s features include:

  • Benchmarking tools to screen for social, emotional, and behavior skills and problems
  • A flexible progress monitoring tool that can be used to track a student’s response to intervention or response to school-wide initiatives such as Positive Behavior Support (PBS) programs
  • Evidence-based intervention strategies that are designed specifically for teachers to use in one-on-one, small group, and classroom settings
  • Individual and group-level reporting options that track students throughout the academic year, and reports that can be combined with academic results within the aimsweb system.

“The new aimsweb behavior module ensures that teachers have immediate access to data that can help them make informed and timely decisions about their students’ behavior, which is the cornerstone of a quality academic improvement model,” Watson added.

Pearson’s aimsweb, a web-based assessment and data management system, is a two-time Best in Tech winner from Scholastic Administr@tor magazine and recipient of the highest ratings from the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) for predictive validity and reliability. Designed specifically to universally screen and progress monitor, aimsweb uses brief, valid, and reliable Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) assessments of reading and math performance for grades K-8, which can be generalized to any curriculum. Results can be reported directly to students, parents, teachers and administrators via an online system.

More information about Pearson’s aimsweb is available via phone at 866-313-6194 or at the aimsweb website, http://www.aimsweb.com.

 

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Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about the Clinical Assessment group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/

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