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Underachieving Schools to Receive
Online Development Tool
Vantage Learning, the world's leader in online
assessment and automated essay scoring, announced today the formation
of The Vantage Learning Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing
at risk-schools the same online reading and writing tools now used in
more than 49 U.S. states. The Foundation, introduced from
the floor of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Large
Scale Assessment Conference in Palm Desert, CA, will provide online writing
and reading instruction resources to K-12 schools throughout the United
For more information, please see the press release
below, or contact Emily DiTomo via phone (610-642-8253) or email (Emily@gregoryfca.com).
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Bridging the Digital Divide: Vantage Learning to Provide Online Reading
and Writing Development Tool to Underachieving Schools
Vantage Learning Foundation to fund delivery of state-of-the-art
online skill development tool, MyAccess, free to at risk schools
Palm Desert, CA June 24, 2002: Vantage Learning,
the world's leader in online assessment and automated essay scoring,
announced today the formation of The Vantage Learning Foundation, an organization
dedicated to providing at risk-schools the same online reading and writing
tools now used in more than 49 U.S. states. The Foundation,
introduced from the floor of the Council of Chief State School Officers
(CCSSO) Large Scale Assessment Conference in Palm Desert, CA, will provide
online writing and reading instruction resources to K-12 schools throughout
the United States.
As part of the initiative, Vantage Learning will offer
its MyAccess(tm) writing and reading skills development tools to schools
which could otherwise not afford such technology. MyAccess allows
students to practice their reading and writing skills online, submit writing
and essay samples and receive immediate feedback on how they can improve
"As a worldwide leader in online assessment, we
have been fortunate to achieve significant success and have a platform
in place that can now be used to help those students who are most at risk
and whom can most benefit from the power and immediacy of the Internet,"
says Peter Murphy, Vantage's CEO. "Our market position
compels us to share that success with an ever expanding circle of students
and schools at a time when education increasingly determines one's success
According to Scott Elliot, Vantage's COO, "The
Bush administration's 'No Child Left Behind' program poses a particular
challenge to schools as they face limited budgets for computer technology.
The Vantage Learning Foundation will help ensure that every child has
the ability to advance their writing skills with state-of-the-art computer
technology and prepare for their educational future."
MyAccess is an Internet-based instructional product
designed to assess and assist students in the development of their writing
skills. Built upon the Vantage Learning Platform, MyAccess incorporates
Vantage's IntelliMetric automated essay scoring engine, which administers
and scores responses to open-ended questions over the Internet using advanced
artificial intelligence (AI) technology. With MyAccess, students
can write, review and revise their work and receive diagnostic feedback
on several important writing dimensions, ranging from organization to
mechanics. Teachers can review student work online and provide
additional feedback, including details on essay focus, organization, fact
patterns, sentence structure, and mechanics. In addition,
a range of reporting options allow students and schools to closely track
student progress, individualized by the student, school or school district.
MyAccess can be integrated with any existing classroom
management or testing software and can assess any and all content areas-from
history to science, and from mathematics to geography. MyAccess
is currently being used in school districts throughout Pennsylvania, Massachusetts,
Wisconsin, Florida, California, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, and
To find out if your school is eligible to benefit from
the Vantage Learning Foundation, please contact Scott Elliot at (215)
About Vantage Learning
Vantage Learning, an affiliate of Vantage Laboratories
and the leading provider of online assessment and automated essay scoring,
developed IntelliMetric(tm) (http://www.vantagelearning.com) to meet the
needs of business, education, and government agencies needing a comprehensive
Internet-based test authoring, delivery, scoring and reporting platform.
IntelliMetric administers and scores responses to open-ended questions
over the Internet using advanced artificial intelligence technology. An
individual can enter a response to a question posed, submit the response,
and receive an immediate score with feedback within seconds.
Vantage provides services to states including Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Oregon and Texas, educational leaders such as The College Board,
ACT, Harcourt Educational Measurement, CTB/McGraw Hill and Thomson Learning,
and industry giants such as Microsoft, Apple Computer, AOL and Sun Microsystems.
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