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State of Washington Partners With Learning Point Associates to Launch Electronic Individual Learning Plan

Web-Based Tool Helps Districts Across the State Improve Student Achievement

January 20, 2005

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON & NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS—State education officials in Washington today unveiled a new online tool that will help school districts across the state improve student learning and track achievement progress. The new product, called the Electronic Individual Learning Plan, will allow schools to more easily create personalized student learning plans. The product is being demonstrated this week at a Seattle conference sponsored by Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and will be made available to all Washington school districts during the 2005–06 school year. The Electronic Individual Learning Plan product is the first of a suite of Web-based tools from Learning Point Associates designed to assist school districts in managing standards-based educational systems.

According to Scott Poirier, assistant superintendent for Secondary Education Reform, "The new Electronic Individual Learning Plan represents a big step forward in our efforts to personalize education for Washington students as part of our standards-based education system. This new tool will help our educators plan, monitor, manage, and evaluate student achievement by identifying student needs and the best ways to meet those needs. The online system will also enable schools and districts to more easily meet state accountability requirements and help high school students who are facing new graduation requirements beginning in 2008."

Two hundred districts will begin piloting the Electronic Individual Learning Plan product by February 1. The Electronic Individual Learning Plan product enables teachers to easily establish state-mandated student learning plans for high-school students and longitudinally track each student's progress toward meeting state learning standards. In addition to saving time and resources, the tool enables teachers to more easily manage student learning plans for groups and subgroups of students.

Andrew Henry, chief officer of the Learning Point Associates Research & Development Group, said, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with educators in the state of Washington to meet the real-world challenges they and many other states are facing in terms of meeting federal and state accountability requirements, and being able to effectively track and manage student learning. This pilot program is just the beginning of what's ahead in terms of providing teachers in Washington and other states with the latest tools and systems they can use to prepare our children to compete in the increasingly complex world."

About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Dr. Terry Bergeson, OSPI works with the state's 296 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than 1 million public school students. For more information, visit the OSPI Web site at www.k12.wa.us.

About Learning Point Associates
Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping educators and policymakers improve student learning by equipping them with knowledge and strategies that meet their needs and produce results. Based in Naperville, Illinois, the company was founded in 1984 as the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL). NCREL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Learning Point Associates, continues to serve as the regional educational laboratory serving the Midwest. It is one of the 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the products and services provided by Learning Point Associates at www.learningpt.org.


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