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McGraw Hill Introduces Acuity College and Career Readiness Interim Assessment Solution for Grades 3-8

Measures student growth and helps teachers predict student readiness for summative assessments offered by the PARCC® or Smarter Balanced™ consortia

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill today launched the Acuity® College and Career Readiness solution, a new interim assessment focused on ensuring students in Grades 3–8 are prepared for both college and careers. With all new test items specifically created to measure preparedness for new college and career readiness standards, Acuity College and Career Readiness CCR is the first interim assessment solution to reflect the unique, individual blueprints of both Smarter Balanced and PARCC summative assessments. Acuity CCR can also be configured to meet the unique specifications of other state summative blueprints.

With its rich diagnostic insights, Acuity CCR enables educators to deliver a personalized intervention plan for each student with engaging, digital standards-based instructional resources. The Acuity CCR solution includes several innovative approaches to interim assessments, combining a unique blend of technology and content to create the most powerful solution for consortia readiness:

  • All new items, written to reflect college and career readiness standards, and the item specifications from both Smarter Balanced and PARCC
  • Technology-enhanced item types – created in HTML 5 for delivery on modern devices and tablets – that provide evidence of student mastery of college and career readiness standards
  • Constructed response, evidence-based selected response, and performance task item types that fully measure standards where multiple choice items cannot
  • A forthcoming adaptive testing option

The Acuity CCR solution's growth measurement is unique among interim solutions in that it is designed to ensure educators get the right evidence to make the best decisions at the student and class level. In the first year, Acuity's College and Career Readiness scale will let educators reliably measure individual student growth between interim tests. In subsequent years, Acuity will empower teachers to compare students' growth year-to-year and to each other. The high quality content included in the solution possesses the variety, rigor and authentic standards alignment needed to prepare students for college and career.

"As the only assessment publisher with experience creating items for both Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessment consortia, we at McGraw-Hill have been able to leverage our experience, item writing process, and expert talent to create the most tightly aligned, interim assessment solution for districts using new college and career readiness standards," said Zach Posner, president of Engrade and senior vice president of McGraw-Hill, School. "With the introduction of Acuity CCR, teachers can be confident they are fully preparing their students for new summative assessments and for college and careers."

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Tyler Reed
McGraw Hill
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