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SAS and Interactive Achievement offer improved assessment, measurement for Virginia schools

Student growth assessments support early interventions, better teacher evaluation

ROANOKE, VA & CARY, NC  (22 april 2013)  – The Virginia Department of Education now offers SAS® analytic software  and  Interactive Achievement (IA)  to help school districts better assess and measure student growth. IA assessments can complement state testing conducted in support of Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools. SAS® Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS®) for K-12  can be used to analyze formative test results.

Through additional standards-based assessments and more frequent student growth analyses, teachers can identify opportunities for student improvement and have a clearer view of their own performance. SOL establishes minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in many different subject areas.

Through the collaboration between SAS and IA, Virginia districts can implement growth assessments in math, English, science and social studies. The SAS-IA collaboration is the only approved provider of student growth assessments and in-depth analysis in all four required subjects. IA tests give teachers additional indicators of student performance, while EVAAS measures and reports on student growth and offers one important perspective on teacher effectiveness. Additionally, EVAAS projects each student's likelihood of success on future assessments and college readiness benchmarks.

IA, which also provides assessments for kindergarten to second grade that are not covered by the state's SOL tests, offers all assessments online. IA currently provides various assessment and reporting services to more than 100 Virginia school divisions.

"Interactive Achievement and SAS complement each other's strengths," says Jacob Gibson, Vice President of Business Development at Interactive Achievement. "IA's student growth assessments combined with SAS' EVAAS system will provide an invaluable measure of student and teacher performance."

SAS EVAAS for K-12 is used by more than 2,000 districts in more than 20 states to measure students' progress and the effectiveness of teachers, schools and districts.

"Additional achievement measures from IA help teachers identify students' trouble spots and intervene earlier," said Nadja Young, Education Specialist with SAS State and Local Government. "At the same time, SAS EVAAS will provide more diagnostic information to guide their own professional development."

About Interactive Achievement

Interactive Achievement employs current and former educators to create award-winning, high-quality, and standards-based instructional improvement tools. IA’s products assist educators with making data-driven decisions that personalize student instruction and support, raising student achievement in all academic areas.  IA provides exceptional resources for the education community enabling all to achieve success. For more information, visit www.interactiveachievement.com or watch a short video about the company.

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