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A-LIST EDUCATION (WWW.ALISTEDUCATION.COM)

A-List Education works to improve SAT and test preparation for students. Its new program consists of training initiatives that equip teachers with the resources necessary to manage their own, in-house SAT preparation courses. Teachers can then build on their relationships with students and provide them with SAT programs that are tailored to their needs.Price: freeCategory: tutoring
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PREPARING FOR STANDARDIZED TESTS

The Preparing for Standardized Tests program is designed to improve student performance on the reading and math sections of the PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams. The program is a collection of interactivewhiteboard lessons that engages students in mastering essential college readiness and provides them with advanced test preparation. Students can practice answering questions with standardized tests and the guided practice lessons and learning tools of Promethean’s ActivClassroom. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: test prep

PRODUCT: TEXTHELP SYSTEMS FLUENCY TUTOR

Fluency Tutor is an online software solution for students developing, and teachers assessing, oral reading fluency. The product incorporates passages that align to MetaMetrics Lexile Framework for Reading and includes tools for practicing, assessing, and measuring fluency. Students listen to passages being read aloud with textto- speech voices and practice their own reading. When ready, they record assessments for teachers to listen to and mark. Several graphical reports are available to show students’ progress. PROS: The software allows teachers to select exercises of the right difficulty for each pupil and to record his or her progress. Teachers can evaluate the fluency errors made, words correct per minute, and level of prosody (expression of reading) for every student. The system is also available to teachers and students at home. CONS: To be truly effective, the product requires complete buy-in from all reading teachers. A school must also have enough computers available for students to practice and take assessments. OVERALL EVALUATION: Every school should have a program like this Fluency Tutor to help students learn to read. This one is as good as, or better than, most I have seen.www.texthelp.comRetail price: Starting at $2,245 per school, first year; $745, each year after. Discounts available for multi-year purchase.—Joe Huber

Product: Datametrics Testwiz

TestWiz.Net is a Web-based test-processing and -analysis tool that supports a variety of assessments. Test data are stored in a SQL server database, so results can be tracked over several years and across many assessments. The reports are numerous and can be customized.PROS: Data are easily imported from various sources to update student records and teacher assignments. Educators can easily and quickly create custom reports from more than 40 templates. Data can be disaggregated by subtest, strands, cut scores, demographics, and more. TestWiz.Net accommodates state, local, and norm-referenced assessments. Because it includes numerous student-toteacher associations, report results can be viewed by various subject-level teachers, past years’ teachers, and current teachers. The program’s consistent look and feel across various assessments make it easy to learn and use.CONS: Creating a hand-scanned form for a local assessment can be tedious. Like all data analytics tools, TestWiz.Net takes considerable training; and as with others, entering all the data is time-consuming. This program is more intuitive than most, however, so the learning curve is not as steep.OVERALL EVALUATION: The customizable templates make this a very good value. This is by far one of the easiest data analytics tools I have used.www.testwiz.comPrice: Pricing starts at $3 per student per year with a minimum district purchase of $1,500. Tiered pricing based on the number of students in the district is also available.

Creating Mailing Lists

Tip: I regularly establish YahooGroups mailing lists for workshops and either enroll teachers in the lists or give them instructions for enrolling themselves. With these lists, teachers can continue the conversations that were promoted in the workshop and share their attempts at implementing strategies. Yahoo!

CORE COLLABORATION WITH TEACHSCAPE

The Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) has partnered with Teachscape. Together with intensive professional development, on-site support for reading and math, and Teachscape’s online resources, CORE will be able to deliver a 24/7 professional-development program for literacy and math educators. Teachers will be able to study material at their convenience and review the information as many times as necessary to perfect skills relating to a topic or concept.Price: Call for pricing. Category: professional development

A 21st Century Response to Educating Students with Autism

Virtual Expert Clinics, Inc., provider of a 21st century response to educating students with autism, launches AutismPro.  A customizable package of tools, content and programming, AutismPro allows administrators to build capacity and helps educators to improve outcomes for each student

A 21st Century Response to Educating Students with Autism

Virtual Expert Clinics, Inc., provider of a 21st century response to educating students with autism, launches AutismPro.  A customizable package of tools, content and programming, AutismPro allows administrators to build capacity and helps educators to improve outcomes for each student