College Board, Pearson Team Up on Developmental Education Product

June 24, 2011

Two major education companies, Pearson and College Board, announced today that they are collaborating on a product aimed at more accurately gauging student readiness for college. The new product "identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses for each student and then builds a personalized learning path linking students to tutorials, interactive instruction and practice exercises," according to a release. The companies say they hope the new technology, which combines College Board's diagnostic software (Accuplacer) and Pearson's adaptive tutoring software (MyFoundationsLab), will prepare students for college-level work more efficiently than traditional remediation by assessing and addressing their specific weaknesses more precisely. Hunter Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Learning, told Inside Higher Ed that while he believes "the idea is probably sound," he cautioned against over-relying on technology to address the needs of students who need extra preparation.

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