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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 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, 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 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 students are taking college-prep courses.

"Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to working with school districts in California and across the United States 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 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 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 uses Edusoft to identify struggling students and prescribe solutions.

Vista Unified School District, just north of San Diego, 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 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 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 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 (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 -- 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 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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