Texas’ Largest School District Adopts Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Assessment Suite
Comprehensive assessment solution will measure performance of diverse student population in Houston Independent School District
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced a partnership with the Houston Independent School District (ISD), the largest school district in the state of Texas and the seventh largest in the country to provide teachers and administrators with reliable, data-driven measures of student achievement to inform personalized instruction.
“Through this partnership, Houston ISD will have access to assessments that provide a clear and accurate portrait of student achievement, allowing educators to more effectively identify areas of strength and weakness, and create personalized learning pathways to meet those needs”
Announced today at the Texas Assessment Conference in Austin, Houston ISD will adopt HMH’s Iowa Assessments™; Logramos® 3rd Edition, an assessment of achievement in Spanish; and the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) – a decision that will impact more than 210,000 students in 282 schools throughout the district.
HMH’s assessment suite will be a key component of Houston ISD’s wide-ranging school improvement strategy. HMH’s comprehensive solution will continue to enable Houston ISD to assess student achievement relative to district, state, and national levels, while also equipping teachers and administrators with information to make decisions regarding gifted status and student grade placement.
“Through this partnership, Houston ISD will have access to assessments that provide a clear and accurate portrait of student achievement, allowing educators to more effectively identify areas of strength and weakness, and create personalized learning pathways to meet those needs,” said Jim Nicholson, President, HMH–Riverside. “Our plan for the school district is built upon comprehensive training and support that will help ensure that our assessments bring value to teachers and administrators within the district.”
The Iowa Assessments, the result of a longstanding partnership between HMH–Riverside and the University of Iowa, monitors growth through a continuous research-based vertical scale. Its newest Forms E and F continue in the tradition of rigor and psychometric quality, measuring achievement in core academic areas important for success at the college and university level. In addition to allowing educators to measure student performance on a national level, the tool also provides the opportunity to evaluate performance against next-generation academic standards and track college and career readiness.
As the newest and most comprehensive group-administered assessment of achievement in Spanish, Logramos 3rd Edition measures five subject areas—Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. With a Hispanic student population topping 60 percent in the district, Logramos supports HISD’s educational goals for English Language Learners (ELLs).
CogAT, the market-leading assessment to measure students’ cognitive abilities and learning styles, boasts a new edition that is accessible for ELL students. New enhancements include the use of pictures and figures rather than words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to non-native speakers, providing an equitable testing experience for all students and reliable data in determining eligibility for enrichment programs.
For more information on HMH’s assessment products, visit hmhco.com/assessment-professionals.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.
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