March 7, 2007
Schools Drilling Students As ‘OGT Day’ Approaches March 12
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with increasingly demanding state and federal standards under "No Child Left Behind" and other laws, Ohio high schools are drilling their 10th-grade students using various tools to ensure they pass the Ohio Graduation Test. Twenty-three states, including Ohio, now require students to pass a high-stakes test such as the OGT in various subjects to graduate.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070302/CLF096LOGO )
Testing begins March 12 and lasts through the week. In Ohio, the test is known as the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), and more than 80 Ohio school districts have already put the IQity Practice Test and Guide into use to help prepare students for the spring OGT exercise, using various study guides and online tools. This year's graduating class is the first required to master the five-part test, a more difficult exam than its predecessor, and some seniors are facing their last chance to pass it.
Developed for Ohio students by Ohio educators, the OGT Graduation Test by IQity is an online experience that trumps other existing test preparation products. It offers teachers and their students full-color visuals to stimulate student interest. It helps to enhance student confidence in passing the OGT for graduation with interactive practice quizzes delivered in the fun environment of online learning.
Developed by Altair Learning Management, several thousand students throughout Ohio are using OGT Graduation Test by IQity to prepare for the graduation test.
"The idea of IQity is to make sure every senior has a chance to graduate," said William L. Lager, president of Altair Learning Management, the developer of OGT Prep by IQity.
"What's interesting about this particular product is that it's built for Ohio kids by Ohio educators and it's been vetted by some of the same people who sat on the OGT content committee. They've looked at it, and they've said it's good.
"OGT Prep by IQity is a better tool than a competing product to prepare for the OGT because IQity designed the OGT Prep for Ohio students by Ohio educators with years of online experience."
It is the sole OGT product reviewed by Ohio education experts who also evaluate subject content for the state's actual OGT, and it is the only practice product aligned with Ohio's OGT benchmarks and grade level indicators as well as Ohio standards. Furthermore, it is the only OGT tool with every Ohio benchmark covered by lessons and quizzes.
Reviewed by the same educators who reviewed the actual content of the OGT, OGT Prep by IQity provides preparation tools aligned with Ohio standards and benchmarks, facilitates assessment of student strengths and weaknesses and provides prescriptive solutions for learning difficulties.
Questions and answers are similar to the Ohio Graduation Test. It has a number of exclusive features: Questions are provided for each grade level, it provides definitions of all state benchmarks, lessons and a questions are written to reflect state benchmarks (as well as standards) that allow teachers to more accurately target more the learning and practice sessions to the actual OGT.
"[IQity] is closely aligned to benchmarks and grade-level indicators and offers students multiple access points to understanding the content," said J. Mark Stewart, director of curriculum at Dublin City Schools, who was a social studies content reviewer for the OGT.
Not expensive -- just a few cents a day per student, school districts can put their students online with IQity's excellent assessment and practice system. Training is self-paced and free to those who use the tutorial material.
Teachers and parents may assign work and monitor progress, through special tools to assign lessons and quizzes, while parents may monitor progress and work with their children through student access passwords.
For additional information on QGT Prep by IQity, call (877) 474-8966 or go online at http://www.iq-ity.com/.
About Altair Learning Management
Based in Columbus, Ohio, privately-held Altair Learning Management provides educational services to students, teachers and school districts in Ohio and throughout the United States. Altair supplies curriculum and management services to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online charter school with 7600 students throughout Ohio and markets the innovative IQity learning management system to schools throughout the United States.
Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070302/CLF096LOGOAP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/PRN Photo Desk, [email protected]
Altair Learning Management
CONTACT: Brian Usher, +1-614-306-8044; or Howard Mitchell,+1-513-489-5711, both of Capital Communications, for Altair LearningManagement
Web site: http://www.iq-ity.com/