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Announcing the Release of Agile Assessment 5.0

December 23, 2014

AA1GRAPEVINE, TEXAS—Agile Mind and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin announced today the launch of Agile Assessment 5.0.

Agile Assessment has been used by more than 350 districts, 10,000 educators, and 500,000 students nationwide. Developed by the organizations that led the successful and widely praised prototyping of items for the PARCC Consortium, Agile Assessment 5.0 provides educators with flexible tools for creating high-quality formative assessments, and for using real-time data on student learning to customize and strengthen classroom-, school-, and district-level math programming.

“We are keenly aware of the challenges faced by educators as they work to prepare their students for new, demanding district and state assessments. We are excited that, with the help of dedicated educators, researchers, and experts in instructional design, we provide, in the release of Agile Assessment 5.0 a powerful tool for preparing students for success in this new environment,” said Linda Chaput, Chief Executive Officer of Agile Mind. “This is an important step for us in continuing our mission of increasing the number and diversity of students who succeed in math and science, and it extends the work our colleagues at the Charles A. Dana Center do in the world of high-quality rigorous formative assessments. We believe that the powerful reporting and high-quality, next-generation items in Agile Assessment 5.0 will help educators develop college and career ready high school graduates.”

Agile Assessment 5.0’s research-based technologies enable districts and states to deliver sophisticated assessments directly aligned to their state standards–including the Common Core State Standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and other rigorous state standards. It also features many “next-generation” item types that represent the kinds of tasks and thinking required for success on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balance assessments.

Agile Assessment 5.0 provides to current and new Agile Mind partners more than 5,000 high-quality, technology-enhanced assessment items for Grade 6 mathematics through Algebra 2. These items have passed rigorous usability and validity tests and reflect the state of the art in modern assessment design. The system supports detailed alignments to relevant standards and provides item-level performance information including depth of knowledge and appropriate reading levels, practical real-time reports to inform instruction, and compatibility with iPad, Chromebook, and other common technologies used in school districts.

About the Charles A. Dana Center
The Dana Center has been a leader in standards-based education since its founding in 1987. For more than 25 years, the Center has worked closely with the Texas Education Agency, with Texas school districts and major technical assistance providers to strengthen Texas math and science education. In the mid-1990s the Center played the lead role in developing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and mathematics. The Center now plays a central leadership role in strengthening American mathematics education.

About Agile Mind
Agile Mind is committed to enhancing equity and high achievement in mathematics and science in our nation’s middle and high schools. Founded in 2002, the company works in collaboration with leading educators to develop comprehensive programs, tools and services that enable educators and education systems to support rigorous instructional experiences for all students. Agile Mind offers comprehensive programs—encompassing job-embedded professional development, course curricula, student practice, formative assessment, and data analytics and reporting—for middle school mathematics through AP Calculus and Statistics, high school Biology, and a unique family of programs designed to enhance students’ persistence, effective effort, and growth mindsets.

Press Contact:
Caresse Bucchan
Marketing Manager, Agile Mind
(817) 984.5958