Achieva Develops Innovative e-Learning Platform

November 6, 2001, Inc. providing classroom-based testing and assessment solutions for schools announced the launch of its new .NET-based e-learning platform, Achieva NT. Leveraging the technologies, Achieva has built a highly scalable, XML-based technology platform that allows the company to convert print content into high-quality, interactive online courses for secondary schools, universities and corporations.

“With this new technology platform, Achieva has expanded its role as a major player in e-learning course development and production in addition to being a solutions provider for K-12 schools,” says Carlos Watson, Achieva CEO. “We are very excited about the increased opportunities this will afford us.”

Achieva College Prep Programs are currently used by over 35,000 students at approximately 300 middle and high schools across the U.S. Partnering with schools, especially those with at risk and underserved student populations, Achieva provides Study Skills, SAT and ACT Test Prep, High-Stakes Testing, and College Planning online courses to 6-12 grade classrooms.

The new integrated K-12 focused platform not only includes an easy-to-use content authoring tool, content management system, and adaptive delivery engine, but reporting and administrative tools as well. The five-part platform is robust enough to create media-rich, effective online curriculum products in a quick and cost-effective manner.

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with Achieva and believe that they are ushering in the next generation of e-learning platforms which will transform teaching and learning in K-12 schools”, said John Dubois, group manager, Microsoft. “Through Microsoft .NET technologies, students and teachers will more easily integrate a wider array of resources in a learning environment tailored to their individual needs and preferences. As a result, this will be a much richer, more dynamic learning experience for students”.

“With Achieva’s new technology platform, we are able to build products that take advantage of the media rich capabilities of the Flash Player in a matter of months, even weeks, depending on the complexity of the curriculum,” explained Achieva CTO, Dean Samuels. “For example, the platform was recently used to create a high stakes testing product that was customized to fit the testing standards of the largest 22 states.”

Achieva has implemented their programs in districts nation-wide, including Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Through the use of Achieva College Prep Programs, students have gained an average of over 100 points on SAT scores and a 25-point increase in study skills knowledge.


Achieva is the leading provider of interactive, classroom-based testing and assessment solutions for middle and high school districts. Partnering with school districts across the nation, Achieva delivers to students from sixth to twelfth grade a set of courses that includes online learning, offline applications, and professional development services. Achieva College Prep Programs provide students with the strategies and tools they need to improve academic performance, raise standardized test and state assessment scores, and gain acceptance to college. Based in San Mateo, Calif., Achieva is a privately held company and can be contacted at 800/566-5030 and at

Achieva College Prep Programs

Study Skills

Achieva’s award-winning, 40-hour Study Skills program offers a truly innovative approach to teaching students fundamental skills for successful, life-long learning. This interactive, online course improves key skills such as note-taking, writing, homework, and test-taking by as much as 25 points.

SAT & ACT Test Prep

Achieva’s proven 30-hour, diagnostic and prescriptive Test Prep programs use interactive lessons, quizzes and diagnostic tests to help drive student gains of over 100 points on the SAT and two points and greater on the ACT.

High-Stakes Testing: Skills & Strategies

Achieva’s highly effective 30-hour Skills and Strategies program uses multimedia lessons on language arts, math, writing and essential skills to prepare students and increase scores for exams.

College Planning

Achieva’s award-winning, 40-hour, 9-step College Planning course guides students through the maze of college admissions including college selection, essays, recommendations, applications, financial aid and more.