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Grounded in research, poised for breakthroughs

Children’s Progress was founded with the mission of bringing leading technology and assessment tools to your classrooms. Our company grew out of decades of academic research at Columbia University and our patented software was developed in collaboration with MIT.

Today, our products are used by public and independent schools in 39 states.



  • Professor Eugene Galanter of Columbia University begins focused research. Professor Galanter’s research springs from the desire to provide better information about student achievement to teachers at New York City’s St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh's independent schools.


  • Children’s Progress founded. With Professor Galanter as Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Children’s Progress is founded to transform the fruits of academic research into a program that can enrich student learning nationally.


  • Professor Galanter files for patent on evaluation methodology. Professor Galanter files for a patent on his adaptive evaluation method, which is based on years of psychometric research and serves as the basis for all Children’s Progress software.
  • MIT designs Children’s Progress computational system. Children’s Progress contracts the prestigious Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT to design the first implementation of the patent.
  • Yale researcher joins as Children’s Progress Scientific Advisor. Renowned researcher Dr. Robert Sternberg begins to advise Children’s Progress.


  • Patent granted for Professor Galanter’s innovation. The unique evaluation method that underlies the Children’s Progress software is recognized by a U.S. patent.
  • Children’s Progress launches first product. After piloting in Washington, DC and San Francisco, the first version of the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is launched nationwide, with a major implementation in 29 schools in New York.


  • University of Texas, El Paso contributes Spanish expertise. Children’s Progress partners with the University of Texas, El Paso to focus on the needs of Spanish-speaking learners.
  • Penn State researchers contribute home-school expertise. Children’s Progress partners with researchers at Penn State to design parent reports to help educators discuss student progress with parents.
  • ERB member schools contribute to launch of CPAA for independent schools. The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) partners with Children’s Progress to meet the needs of children in independent schools.


  • NIH grant awarded. A National Institute of Health (NIH) grant is awarded to Children’s Progress to fund the development of a vision and hearing screener for young children, which can be integrated with the CPAA to provide a single report for educators.
  • Department of Education grant awarded. The U.S. Department of Education awarded a grant to study the Internet as a tool for parents and educators, which will fund the development of online video reports and intervention activities.
  • Brooklyn College researcher adds interactive learning expertise. Dr. Elizabeth Sklar, professor of computer science at Brooklyn College, begins working with Children’s Progress on interactive learning design to link the home and school environments.
  • Launch of Spanish version of CPAA. After piloting in Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, the CPAA becomes available in Spanish.


  • Partnership established with Measured Progress. We build our relationship with Measured Progress, one of the nation’s largest developers of high stakes state tests, through collaboration with the Montana Department of Education.
  • Partnership established with Sopris West. We establish a relationship with Sopris West, which specializes in distributing research-based curricula, assessments and interventions for special needs and at-risk students.