MY Access!(TM) Customized for Utah Curriculum, Now Used in 15 Schools Throughout the State; Implementation of Vantage Learning's MY Access! Supports Utah's Curriculum Standards, and Boosts Students' Writing Skills

NEWTOWN, Pa.--()--Oct. 12, 2005--Vantage Learning, the world's leading provider of online assessment tools, today announced that they have customized their award-winning MY Access!(TM) instructional writing program to tighten the alignment with Utah's state curriculum writing standards. After a successful review, MY Access! will be implemented in 11 schools in Utah's Alpine Unified school district and four schools in the Davis school district. This implementation is based on the successful performance of MY Access! this past spring to significantly improve student writing proficiency.

Teachers in Utah's Alpine Unified and Davis school districts have experienced the positive impact the uniquely customized version of MY Access! has on students. A pilot program of 965 MY Access! licenses at Mountain Ridge Middle School, for example, yielded across-the-board improvements in English and Language Arts, and increased enthusiasm among participating students for the art of writing. As a result of this pilot's success, the Alpine Unified school district will utilize MY Access! licenses for more schools and students this year.

Teachers can further customize MY Access! to support specific classroom and state curriculum standards. Writing topics for approved textbooks are embedded into the program, and teachers can access topics aligned to state standards through a simple search function.

MY Access! is an innovative instructional writing program that allows students to practice and revise their assigned essays via the Internet. The program provides immediate feedback, specific to the student's writing style, using Vantage's proprietary IntelliMetric(TM) technology that scores open-ended, constructed-response questions with accuracy and reliability greater than that of expert human scorers. The IntelliMetric scoring engine was recently selected by the Graduate Management Admissions Council and ACT to score the new GMAT(R) writing test.

Vantage Learning has been leading the charge in customizable online learning assessments since 1998. The company's success rate is based on meeting, and often exceeding, the expectations of educators, parents, and students. The company has:

-- Provided 24 million assessments to students in all 50 states in the 2004/2005 school year, including students who used MY Access! and other IntelliMetric-based programs to improve their writing skills.

-- Customized assessment platforms for state education departments in Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Mississippi.

-- Customized higher education readiness programs for The College Board, ACT and GMAC.

-- Won accolades from the press and industry organizations for MY Access!, including two 2005 Codie Awards for 'Best Secondary Educational Instructional Solution' and 'Best Instructional Solution for English Language Learners'. MY Access! also earned the 2004 Award of Excellence from Technology and Learning magazine.

-- Revolutionized assessment scoring accuracy with its patented IntelliMetric technology. IntelliMetric uses artificial intelligence to scores essays with accuracy and reliability greater than that of expert human scorers.

"We're excited at the prospect of helping many more students throughout Utah to improve their writing skills," says Harry Barfoot, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vantage Learning. "Vantage Learning and MY Access! deliver on the promise of leveraging advanced technology for the purpose of helping students achieve better results. The proof is in the results for the students and in the enthusiasm they and their teachers create when using this unique 21st century writing tool."

About Vantage Learning

Vantage Learning (www.VantageLearning.com), an affiliate of Vantage Laboratories and the leading provider of online assessment and automated essay scoring, developed IntelliMetric(TM) to meet the needs of business, education, and government agencies needing a comprehensive Internet-based test authoring, delivery, scoring, and reporting platform. IntelliMetric administers and scores responses to open-ended questions over the Internet using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology. An individual can enter a response to a question posed, submit the response, and receive an immediate score with feedback within seconds.

Most recently, Vantage Learning's MY Access! won the 2004 Award of Excellence from Technology and Learning Magazine, and Eduventures selected Vantage Learning as one of the eight most innovative educational technology companies. In addition, MY Access! was included in Technology and Learning Magazine's Top 10 Smart Technologies for Schools in 2002, and was a Codie Awards finalist three years in a row as well as a Codie Award winner in two categories in 2005. Vantage Learning provides services in all 50 states including Mississippi, Virginia, Oregon and Texas and provides services to educational leaders such as The College Board, ACT, Harcourt Assessment, Inc., CTB/McGraw Hill and Thomson Learning.

Contacts

Vantage Learning
Corporate contact:
Harry Barfoot, 215-579-8390
HBarfoot@Vantage.com
or
Press contact:
Gregory FCA
Kathryn O'Connor, 610-642-8253
Kathryn@GregoryFCA.com

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Contacts

Vantage Learning
Corporate contact:
Harry Barfoot, 215-579-8390
HBarfoot@Vantage.com
or
Press contact:
Gregory FCA
Kathryn O'Connor, 610-642-8253
Kathryn@GregoryFCA.com