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CHILDREN’S PROGRESS AWARDED
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH GRANT

 

Grant to Fund Development and Validation of Patented Vision and Hearing Screen and Academic Assessment for PreK-3 Students

NEW YORK, June 14, 2006 – Children’s Progress, a leading PreK-3 educational assessment company, announced today that it has been awarded an $816,550 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The grant will fund the development and validation of a patented computer-delivered vision and hearing screen for children in PreK-3 and the validation of Children’s Progress’ language arts and mathematics PreK-3 academic assessment. The grant will also fund the development of technology that will integrate the data from both assessments into a single report – enabling educators to examine potential causes of children’s learning difficulties.

 

This project will be one of the largest research projects conducted in New York City schools that is funded by NICHD’s Small Business Innovative Research Program. The project will enroll as many as 10,000 children in 40 public, charter and parochial schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The schools will have free access to the assessment technologies for their students and professional development for their teachers.

 

“We are honored to receive such a generous grant from the NICHD and are delighted that they recognize Children’s Progress’ ability to develop effective academic and sensory assessments that accurately assess learning and developmental progress in children,“ said Columbia University Professor Eugene Galanter, Children’s Progress Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer. “This project has significant implications for students, parents and educators as it will help improve student learning and achievement.”

 

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is part of the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NICHD works to ensure that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives and as such provides assistance and support to organizations such as Children’s Progress who can help advance this goal.

 

The grant is a FastTrack Small Business Innovative Research grant which signifies that both the development and validation of the assessment and screening technologies were approved simultaneously, allowing for the Company to proceed directly from one research step to the next without reapplying for additional grant money. This is an extremely competitive grant as it involves a greater commitment of time and money by the NICHD.

 

Our Lady of Pompeii School in New York City is one of the nearly 40 schools involved in the research project. The grant funded project provides each school with both the computer-delivered vision and hearing screen and the Children’s Progress’ language arts and mathematics academic assessment for three academic years.

 

"As a school serving a diverse student body in New York City, we are always looking for new technologies that can support our teaching in a way that addresses the full range of the students' learning needs,” said Sister Colleen Therese Smith, A.S.C.J., principal of Our Lady of Pompeii School in New York City. “The Children's Progress Assessment provides useful assessment data without additional work for my teachers, and it is very engaging for the kids. We look forward to the future years of the project when the Children's Progress vision and hearing screeners can give us even more information about student development.”

 

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 vision and hearing screen is not yet available commercially but interested parties can see a demo of the product at the National School Nurses Conference in New York City on June 30 and July 1, 2006.


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