Archdiocese Taps Learnia To Monitor Elementary School Students
3/9/2007—The Archdiocese of New Orleans has selected San Antonio, TX-based test publisher Harcourt Assessment Inc.'s classroom assessment tool, Learnia, for its Orleans Parish elementary schools. The Archdiocese, one of the largest Catholic schools systems in the country, with 83 schools on 81 sites, will start testing with Learnia this month.
Designed for grades 3 through 8, Lernia uses formative and summative assessments of student achievement and offers real-time, student-centric assessment data to increase teaching and learning effectiveness.
One of the largest Catholic school systems in the country, The Archdiocese of New Orleans will use Learnia in its Orleans Parish elementary schools to test grade 3 through 7 students in reading and math. Testing of approximately 3,600 students will be done digitally, with student reports available to teachers and administrators immediately after completion of the tests.
- ClassLinks, Learnia's formative component, provides teachers with tools and information to evaluate and guide classroom instruction to meet the needs of each student during the school year.
- ClassViews, the system's summative component, provides snapshots of student achievement to help administrators and teachers identify students who need intervention or additional resources prior to major exams and testing.
- The system's Answer Analysis feature helps teachers identify which instruction students are understanding, as well as problem areas to address. This insight lets teachers help individual students understand why they might have chosen an incorrect answer, so that they teacher can identify and remedy the learning gaps that lead to the selection of "wrong" answers.
- Learnia's fixed and interactive reporting features provide practical data with tools that help teachers and administrators aggregate and disaggregate data to easily identify performance by student, roster, grade, classroom and school, and then interpret the results. The fixed reports provide immediate, summary results on how students performed on a particular test, while the interactive reports let teachers analyze results at the item level to identify exactly where learning is breaking down.
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