Lightspan, Inc. and WestEd Enter Agreement to Provide Assessment Series Aligned to California Standards

January 15, 2003

Upon completion of this work, Lightspan will be able to provide California educators with assessment tools to pinpoint each student’s strengths and needs measured against the California state standards. This validated assessment instrument will allow California teachers to focus instructional resources and time where it will most benefit each learner.

WestEd CEO Dr. Glen Harvey said: “WestEd recognizes Lightspan’s commitment to provide high-quality, real-time assessments that accurately align to California standards. WestEd is proud to provide its expertise in this area, which is critical to the success of our students and teachers.”

Lightspan’s California Academic Assessment Series will provide educators, administrators and parents with vital information on academic progress based on California standards. They receive this information throughout the school year so they can use the assessment data to target instruction and professional development where it is needed. This makes it possible to manage the teaching and learning process based on informed decisions that lead to effective teaching and strong student achievement.

— Teachers receive accurate, real-time student performance data

throughout the school year that helps them target instruction.

Comprehensive reports identify the needs of each student by specific

California state standard, strand, and objective.

— Administrators receive ongoing, timely data on academic progress at

the classroom, school and district level, which helps them utilize

their resources in a way that maximizes impact where it is needed

most. This could include providing professional development or

stronger curriculum programs in areas of low student achievement.

— Parents receive important information from the school so they will

know how their child, as well as their child’s school, is performing

against state and national standards. This empowers parents and

teachers to work together to help each student where they need help

the most.

“Schools need reliable data on student progress in order to know how well they’ve been addressing concerns about student achievement,” said Lightspan Chairman and CEO John Kernan. Having WestEd, the premier national education research lab, conducting an alignment study will ensure that California educators are provided with valid assessment data directly aligned to California state standards. Lightspan has a track record of providing this data throughout the school year, before the end-of-the-year test, when teachers, administrators and parents need it.”

About Lightspan

Lightspan(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN), provides curriculum-based educational software and online products and services that increase student achievement and enhance teacher professional development. These products are used in schools and homes and align to all key federal education reform initiatives, offering school districts a complete solution to assess, align, instruct and evaluate, as a comprehensive achievement and accountability system. More than 900 independent studies prove that Lightspan products enhance student achievement, improve teacher effectiveness and help build stronger connections with families. Lightspan offers products in the following areas: early reading (the Lightspan Early Reading Program(TM) and the Lightspan Reading Center(TM)), K-8 interactive curriculum (Lightspan Achieve Now(TM)), K-12 online teacher resources and professional development (The Lightspan Network(R)), assessment (Lightspan eduTest Assessment(TM) and Lightspan Assessment Builder(TM)), and secondary and higher education (Interactive Mathematics, Interactive English, and For more information, visit our Web site: .

About WestEd

WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. While WestEd serves the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah as one of the nation’s Regional Educational Laboratories, our agency’s work extends throughout the United States and abroad. It has 16 offices nationwide, from Washington and Boston to Arizona, Southern California, and its headquarters in San Francisco.

For more information about WestEd, visit our Web site: ; call 415.565.3000 or toll-free, (877) 4-WestEd; or write: WestEd/730 Harrison Street/San Francisco, CA 94107-1242.

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