Irvine USD Extends Data Management, Analytics

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Irvine Unified School District in California is extending its subscription to Plato Learning's assessment, data management, and analytics software.

The extension follows an initial implementation in which Irvine USD used Plato's assessments to "pinpoint areas in which additional instruction was needed for individual students, enabling teachers to give more specific content-related instruction," according to Plato. The company said that with the new agreement it will continue to provide assessment tools that will be used "for benchmark tests throughout the school year, each of which will be aligned to California content standards."

"Our goal for initially using the Plato eduTest solution was simply to determine whether students had learned the content they needed to succeed at higher grade levels," said Mark Sontag, curriculum coordinator of math and science for Irvine USD, in a prepared statement. "Since implementing Plato eduTest, it has become a fundamental part of guiding our instructional methods. The data we collect through the system impacts textbook choices, exam interventions, and many other curriculum decisions."

The deal includes Plato eduTest Assessment and Plato Data Management and Analytics.

Irvine USD, in Southern California, serves more than 24,000 students in 22 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and one continuation high school. It is perhaps most famous for being the district in which the children of the executive editor of this site attend school.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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