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Grant to Fund Technology to Connect Parents and Teachers

NEW YORK, July 5, 2006 – Children’s Progress, a leading PreK-3 educational assessment company, announced today that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The grant will fund a study that utilizes the Internet as a tool to create common ground for parents and educators through the development of online video reports that detail a child’s performance on the Children’s Progress computer-delivered assessment in mathematics and language arts.. In addition, the research project will develop individualized and targeted online intervention activities that students can complete at home or at school.


“We are grateful and honored to have received this generous grant from the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences,” said Christopher Camacho, Ph.D., Director of Science and Research, Children’s Progress. “The learning that occurs during early childhood forms the foundation of a child’s later success in school and in life. We hope that these technologies will bring parents and teachers together to help support young children during this vital period of growth and ensure their future success.”


Children’s Progress is collaborating with Brooklyn College Computer Science Professor Elizabeth Sklar, Ph.D. and Columbia University Psychology Professor and Children’s Progress Co-Founder Eugene Galanter, Ph.D. "Education technology researchers like Drs. Camacho and Galanter and me have been working for the last decade to find effective and accessible means for taking advantage of the Internet to help our children learn better,” said Professor Elizabeth Sklar. “The influx of high-speed Internet in more and more homes allows widespread dissemination of sophisticated applications that can help further these goals. The work my research group is doing with Children's Progress to develop video reports and broaden their assessment tool creates exciting innovations that we hope will help parents and teachers gain a deeper understanding of what their students are learning."


The Institute of Education Sciences is the research arm of the Department of Education. Its mission is to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy, in order to provide decision makers with the best available research and data regarding programs or practices that will affect significant numbers of students. The Institute of Education Sciences funds research studies by organizations such as Children’s Progress in order to further these goals. The $100,000 Phase I grant supports the initial six months of the project and, upon successful completion of Phase I, Children’s Progress will be eligible for Phase II funding that could provide an additional $750,000 over a two year period.


The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment in language arts and mathematics is currently available for purchase by schools and districts. It is a science-based adaptive assessment tool that uses a patented “error analysis” adaptive approach with interactive scenarios to more accurately evaluate, support and track student learning in PreK- 3 students. The video report and online intervention activities are extensions of the already existing and extensive reporting features set currently available.

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