Pearson Introduces Upgrades to Assessment, Writing Programs
has introduced upgrades to two of its flagship
software programs, one designed to help teachers with assessment, aimsweb,
another, WriteToLearn, designed to aid students with their writing skills.
is an advancement on the company's 15-year-old
aimsweb learning assessment, data management and reporting system. The
version has a new suite of assessments that are more closely aligned
standards and a battery of measures designed to give teachers more
information than in the past. Teachers and administrators should be able
share more and richer information in easier-to-digest formats than
Also, with aimswebPlus, beginning with the second
assessments will be online, making them easier and more convenient to
Dottie Critchlow, executive officer for instructional
services with Metropolitan
Nashville Public Schools, which uses aimsweb,
said, "AimswebPlus will streamline the effort and time that we currently
with various measures to assess students’ demonstration of standards."
The latest version of the nine-year-old WriteToLearn
has a new
interface that allows students to review their own progress with their
skills on the same screen they are working on. At the same time they are
viewing drafts of their own writing assignments, they can see scores and
feedback, along with an assignments dashboard that shows them where they
to focus their attention.
Ellie Johnson, a teacher at Old
Adobe Elementary School in
Petaluma, CA, who uses WriteToLearn, said, "It is great that so much
is provided to each student and they can use it to improve their
The new WriteToLearn also has capabilities that make
district-wide management of students' writing skills easier. It features
teacher roster upload that will make it possible to incorporate student
information more quickly.
Both upgrades to existing Pearson products were
during the ISTE 2015 conference held June 28-July 1 in Philadelphia.
"This year, Pearson is focused on the ways that
be reimagined to prepare students for the careers of the future," said
Van Moere, head of Pearson's assessment product solutions group.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.