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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Assessment Platforms Help Boost Teacher Efficiency and Student Achievement Across California.

BOSTON -- Teachers, principals and administrators across California are pointing to Houghton Mifflin Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. The company's headquarters is located in Boston's Back Bay. It publishes textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers  Harcourt's suite of standards-based curriculum data analysis for dramatic improvement in student performance. The Company has collaborated extensively with California educators to create digital solutions that trigger continuous improvement in schools by quickly collecting and analyzing student performance data, evaluating student progress, setting achievement goals tailored to individual needs and executing action plans based on best practices.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt cited recent results from the California Department of Education The California Department of Education is a California agency that oversees public education. The Department oversees funding, testing, and holds local educational agencies accountable for student achievement. , which report that from 2003 to 2008, the number of California students reading at proficient and advanced levels rose 31 percent. Students scoring at proficient and advanced levels in math increased 23 percent.

The five-year period cited from the California Department of Education also reports that 70-percent more English-learner students read at proficient and advanced levels in addition to 60-percent more Latino students and 50-percent more African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race.  students. Proficient and advanced results in math rose 43 percent for Latino students and 47 percent for African American students. The number of educationally disadvantaged students testing as proficient and advanced in math climbed 37 percent. Additionally, 40-percent more California high school California High School (commonly referred to as Cal High) is a public school located in San Ramon, California, a suburb of San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley. Its mascot is a Grizzly Bear. The school's newspaper is The Californian which is published monthly.  students are taking college-prep courses.

"Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to working with school districts in California List of school districts in California

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 and across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  to meet their unique needs for integrated teaching and learning programs and tools that support achievement," said K-12 President Mike Lavelle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. "Programs like DataDirector and EduSoft have been proven to make the educational process more effective for teachers and students alike."

Santa Ana Unified School District Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is a school district in Orange County, California that serves the city of Santa Ana. Although its geographic size is only 24 square miles, it is the third largest school district in the state of California with 61,693 students.  uses DataDirector to monitor student growth.

Santa Ana Unified School District faced a significant challenge in that the majority of its students struggled to complete grade-level work while simultaneously learning English. The school board called for additional monitoring of basic skills, but with only one analyst, the district's more than 3,000 teachers were not receiving valuable data in time to prepare students for California standardized tests.

The district utilized Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's DataDirector to provide teachers with timely feedback and a methodology for analysis and reflection on the underlying causes of student performance. Data Director enabled teachers to access individual students beyond their English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations.  development and to group students appropriately for tailored instruction.

"DataDirector is definitely impacting instruction and performance," said Director of Research and Evaluation Michelle Le Patner. "When we ask teachers how the system is changing what they do, they say that it's the fast turnaround that makes all the difference."

Vista Unified School District Vista Unified School District is a public school district in northern San Diego County, California. Schools
High Schools
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  • Guajome Park Academy
  • Palomar High School
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 uses Edusoft to identify struggling students and prescribe solutions.

Vista Unified School District, just north of San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , is a community with a high number of English language-learning students. The district adopted Edusoft Assessment Management System to better prepare for California's rigorous achievement tests by administering district benchmarks and classroom exams. Edusoft provided teachers with fast, web-based reports detailing their students' performance, allowing them to accurately link assessment results to instructional decisions.

"Throughout the district, we've seen continued academic development," said Katie Shanahan, Coordinator of Categorical That which is unqualified or unconditional.

A categorical imperative is a rule, command, or moral obligation that is absolutely and universally binding.

Categorical is also used to describe programs limited to or designed for certain classes of people.
 Programs and Assessments. "It's a direct reflection of the data supplied by Edusoft."

Edusoft Assessment Management System endows teachers with insight into which students have mastered specific standards, what concepts prove difficult classroom-wide, even which wrong answers students choose. All of this valuable information helps teachers make powerful, long-lasting adjustments to their teaching. In addition, Edusoft helps teachers generate individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize  
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.

2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.

 review sheets and homework assignments based on students' unique needs, and gives them access to prescriptive teaching resources.

Mountain View School District adopts DataDirector to get performance data back into the hands of teachers quickly.

Educators in Ontario, California's Mountain View School District were unequipped Adj. 1. unequipped - without necessary physical or intellectual equipment; "guerrillas unequipped for a pitched battle"; "unequipped for jobs in a modern technological society"  to collect and analyze the myriad new data in their student information system. They required a powerful assessment tool that was straightforward enough to use quickly at the classroom level.

"It was too hard to get data back to the classroom in a timely manner," said District Technology Coordinator Rufus Thompson. "Our model was always data-driven instruction, yet we consistently fell short of our goals."

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's DataDirector organized three years worth of Standardized Testing and Reporting The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program measures performance on the California Achievement Test, Sixth Edition Survey (CAT/6 Survey), the California Content Standards Test and the Spanish Assessment of Basic Education (SABE/2).  (STAR) data in a matter of hours, giving teachers a complete picture of individual students' performance in real time. DataDirector also enabled teachers to assess their own performance by evaluating former students who had moved beyond their classrooms, empowering them to hone their professional skills from a broader perspective. All three of Mountain View's elementary schools now score over 800 API (Application Programming Interface) A language and message format used by an application program to communicate with the operating system or some other control program such as a database management system (DBMS) or communications protocol.  -- an unheard-of statistic prior to the introduction of DataDirector.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a global education leader and the world's largest publisher of educational materials for pre-K-12 schools. The Company publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology There are two types of instructional technology: those with a systems approach, and those focusing on sensory technologies.

The definition of instructional technology prepared by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Definitions and Terminology
 to standards-based assessments for students and educators. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. To learn more about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, visit
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