Texas Education Agency Approves Children’s Progress Academic Assessment for Commissioner’s List

Published on February 17, 2012

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TEA Approves CPAA as K-3 Reading AssessmentThe award-winning Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) has been added to the Texas Commissioner’s List of Approved Reading Instruments for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

New York – Feb 17, 2012 – Children’s Progress today announced that its award-winning early childhood assessment solution, the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), has been approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as a reading instrument for use in K-3 instruction in Texas public and charter schools. The CPAA’s selection highlights its research-based approach to evaluating individual students’ reading development and comprehension.

The inclusion of the CPAA on the TEA’s 2011-2012 Commissioner’s List of Approved Reading Instruments is coupled with Children’s Progress’ continued growth in Texas. A growing number of districts, independent schools and early childhood centers state-wide are using this quick, child-friendly assessment to evaluate strengths and weaknesses, monitor progress and differentiate instruction in the earliest grades.

“I’m excited to hear that the CPAA is on the Commissioner’s list. Since 2009 this program has helped us use our performance and progress information to set goals, differentiate instruction and meet the academic needs of our early childhood students,” said Hilda Franks, Early Childhood Coordinator at Georgetown ISD. “It is a great tool that facilitates our ability to understand which topics to focus on with each student to make sure that everyone succeeds.”

“We are honored by TEA’s recognition of the CPAA as an approved instrument for Texas schools. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Texas educators to help tailor instruction to individual student needs,” said Kevin Greaney, CEO of Children’s Progress.

Texas schools have experienced reductions in Special Education referrals of up to 60%+ in the first year of CPAA use, as well as savings of more than $10,000 in annual assessment costs. Moreover, research shows that students screened with the CPAA throughout the year receive significantly higher scores on their third grade state achievement tests, compared to students who are not exposed to the CPAA.

Available in English and Spanish, the CPAA is appropriate for both native English speakers and English Language Learners. Franks says that for Georgetown ISD, “CPAA data greatly assists us in identifying the academic and language needs of our Spanish-speaking Bilingual Pre-K students. This allows us to make data-driven academic recommendations to help ensure school success for these students.”

In addition to reading, the CPAA covers other core early literacy and mathematics concepts. As a computer adaptive assessment aligned to TEKS standards and Pre-K Guidelines, it adjusts to individual learning needs and generates instant web-based reports to help educators inform instruction, facilitate interventions, and meet the needs of all students in line with a Response to Intervention (RTI) approach.

The TEA’s 2011-2012 Commissioner’s List of Approved Reading Instruments is available on the TEA website.

To learn more about Children’s Progress assessments and reports for Pre K – 3, request a demo for your school or district.

 

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