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Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® Ideas Community Supports and Connects Teachers Using i‑Ready
New forum allows teachers to access–and share their own–best practices and resources for engaging students with i‑Ready
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 13, 2017—Curriculum Associates recently launched i‑Ready® Ideas to provide teachers with an online, community-driven forum where they can view and share best-practice tips and resources for using i‑Ready, the award-winning online assessment and instruction program. This new forum will include images, videos, and downloadable resources to help teachers engage students, explore the use of data, and use i‑Ready with greater fidelity in their Reading and Mathematics classrooms.
Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® Chosen by K–12 Leaders as a 2016 District Administration Readers' Choice Top 100 Product
Award-winning online program is used by schools and districts nationwide to help students in grades K–12 make real gains in reading and mathematics
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., December 1, 2016—Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready was recently named a winner of District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products of 2016. The awards program informs K–12 superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, including technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. Winners, including i‑Ready, were chosen based on 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine's readers over the past year.
Curriculum Associates' Curriculum Associates and CEO Rob Waldron Win Silver and Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2016
Rob Waldron Honored as a Gold Winner in Executive of the Year – Medium Category and Curriculum Associates Named a Silver Winner in the Fastest-Growing Company of the Year – Medium Category
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 30, 2016—Curriculum Associates' CEO Rob Waldron has been named a Gold winner in the Executive of the Year – Medium Category. In addition, Curriculum Associates has been named a Silver winner in the Fastest-Growing Company of the Year – Medium Category. The Best in Biz Awards is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.
The Boston Globe Names Curriculum Associates a Top Place to Work for 2016
Magazine honors the best employers in Massachusetts
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 21, 2016—Curriculum Associates has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the ninth annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. The Top Places to Work 2016 issue will be published online at BostonGlobe.com/topplaces on the night of November 17 and in The Boston Globe Magazine on November 20.
Idaho State Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates' Ready® Common Core Mathematics
Ready Mathematics is the only approved program for all grades K–8 in the state
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 7, 2016—The Idaho State Department of Education recently approved Curriculum Associates' Ready® Common Core Mathematics as part of its 2015–2016 K–12 Mathematics Review. Built for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Ready Mathematics underwent a rigorous screening based on its content, organization, presentation, and quality. Of the programs approved by the state, Ready Mathematics was the only program that was approved in all grade levels K–5 and 6–8.
Curriculum Associates Sponsors ALAS Scholarships to Support the Advancement of Latino/a Administrators
Scholarships totaling $12,000 will help two aspiring administrators earn advanced degrees in education
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 1, 2016—For the second consecutive year, Curriculum Associates has sponsored the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents' (ALAS) scholarship program to help Latino/a administrators earn advanced degrees in education. This recent donation allowed ALAS to award two administrators with a total of $12,000 in scholarship funds. Micaela Ochoa of Pleasanton Unified School District in Pleasanton, CA received a $10,000 scholarship and Israel Rivera of Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, TX received a $2,000 scholarship.
Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® Helps Close the Achievement Gap for Students in the Nation's Largest Urban School Districts
Award-winning program now used by more than 1 million students in Council of the Great City Schools districts and 3.5 million students nationwide
MIAMI, FL, October 19, 2016—Curriculum Associates serves more than 1 million students with its i‑Ready program in 48 of the 70 districts that comprise the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). The program informs instruction which in turn improves student achievement. The CGCS, which is the only national organization to exclusively represent the needs of urban public schools, is convening this week for its 60th annual fall conference in Miami, FL.
Boston Business Journal Names Curriculum Associates a 2016 Top Charitable Contributor
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 12, 2016—Curriculum Associates, a leading education technology company based in North Billerica, Mass., has been honored as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 2016 top charitable companies in Mass. list. In 2015, Curriculum Associates donated over half a million dollars to charitable organizations.
Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000
For the 2nd Time, Curriculum Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 1991 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 187%
NEW YORK, August 18, 2016—Inc. magazine today ranked Curriculum Associates No. 1991 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy's most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino's Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. More
Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® Diagnostic Receives Highest Ratings from the Center on Response to Intervention
Online reading and mathematics assessment for grades K–12 meets high psychometric and screening standards
Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, August 1, 2016—Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready® Diagnostic for Reading and Mathematics recently received the highest ratings on the Screening Tool chart from the Center on Response to Intervention (Center on RTI) of the American Institutes for Research. The ratings signify the validity and reliability of i‑Ready Diagnostic as a K–12 assessment that meets high psychometric and screening standards. More
EY Announces Curriculum Associates' CEO Rob Waldron as EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Big Data Award Winner in New England
2016 marks ‘30 years of ingenuity in America’
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, June 23, 2016—EY today announced that Curriculum Associates CEO Rob Waldron has received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Award in the Big Data category in New England. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award program, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Waldron was selected by an independent panel of judges; the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Copley Place on June 23, 2016. More
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Wins AAP's 2016 Best-of-the-Best Golden Lamp Award
i-Ready and Ready® Mathematics win REVERE Award in Supplemental Resources—Reading and Language Arts and Whole Curriculum—Math category respectively
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 9, 2016—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready and Ready® Mathematics were both named winners of the 2016 Association of American Publishers (AAP) Awards. i-Ready won a REVERE Award in the Supplemental Resources for Reading and Language Arts category and was additionally recognized with a Golden Lamp for Supplemental Resources, the organization's most prestigious award that honors “the absolute best resources.” Ready Mathematics won a REVERE Award in the Whole Curriculum for Math category. More
EY Announces Curriculum Associates' CEO Rob Waldron is Named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® New England 2016 Finalist
BOSTON, MA, May 31, 2016—EY announced that Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the New England program. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Rob was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 23, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. More
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Wins 2016 SIIA CODiE Award
Online reading and mathematics program for grades K–12 takes top honor in the Best Student Assessment Solution category
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 19, 2016—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction beat out eight other finalists to be named the winner of the 2016 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries, in the Best Student Assessment Solution category. An earlier version of this online reading and mathematics program for K–12 won an SIIA CODiE Award in this category in 2013 and was also named a finalist in 2015. More
Curriculum Associates Named One of the 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts for the Second Consecutive Year by the Boston Business Journal
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 4, 2016—The Boston Business Journal announced that Curriculum Associates has been named to their 2016 “FAST50” list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts for the second consecutive year. In total, 76 companies were named to the list and the top 50 are designated as the “FAST50.” Curriculum Associates placed 32nd on this list. The Boston Business Journal announced the rankings at an awards breakfast on Thursday, April 21, at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel. More
Curriculum Associates Honored as a Silver Stevie® Award Winner and CEO Rob Waldron Named a Gold Stevie Award Winner in the 2016 American Business Awards℠
Stevie winners will be presented with their awards on June 20 in New York
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 3, 2016—Curriculum Associates was named the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year—Up to 2,500 Employees category in The 14th Annual American Business Awards today. In addition, Curriculum Associates' CEO Rob Waldron was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Executive of the Year—Computer Software—500 or More Employees category. More
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Endorses Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Special Education Program
Screening, assessment, and instruction tools recognized by CASE for a second time for helping educators meet the needs of special education students
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 2, 2016—Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE Special Education family of products has been officially re-endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). BRIGANCE Special Education, which was originally endorsed in 2013, recently underwent a rigorous evaluation based on its marketability, feasibility, research base, and performance in field tests, customer satisfaction, company reputation, and enhancement of professional practice as advocated by CASE. More
Boston Business Journal Honors Curriculum Associates as a 2016 “Best Place to Work” Winner for the Second Consecutive Year
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 28, 2016—The Boston Business Journal has recognized Curriculum Associates as a winner of its annual Best Places to Work in Massachusetts program for the second consecutive year. Other winners in Curriculum Associates' large company category include Baystate Financial; HubSpot; JLL New England; Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants of Boston; LogMeIn; Rapid7; RSM; Shawmut Design and Construction, and Suffolk Construction. More
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic Receives Near-Perfect Ratings from the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII)
Online reading and mathematics assessment for grades K–12 meets high psychometric and progress monitoring standards
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 21, 2016—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic Diagnostic for Reading and Mathematics recently received near-perfect ratings in the Academic Progress Monitoring Tool category from the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) of the American Institutes for Research. The ratings, which are based on psychometric and progress monitoring standards, signifies the validity and reliability of the online assessments for grades K–12. More
The Timmy Awards Name Curriculum Associates Best Technology Workplace for Large Companies
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 18, 2016—The 2016 Timmy Awards, which recognize the best places for technology professionals to work, have named Curriculum Associates winner of the Best Technology Work Culture for Large Companies award. Finalists in this category include Agero, Athenahealth, Carbon Black and Datto. The Timmy Awards honor companies and individuals across local communities that have worked hard to create excellent workplaces for technology professionals. More
Tacoma Public Schools Selects Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® as its New Student Assessment for Grades K–10
Tacoma Public Schools gives Curriculum Associates' i-Ready nearly a perfect score for its student assessment program
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 14, 2016—After a rigorous evaluation, Tacoma Public Schools in Washington State chose Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic as its new student assessment system for grades K–10. The three-month-long review process involved a written submission and formal presentation that was evaluated by members of the Tacoma District Student Assessment System team. Several companies were considered, however the team gave Curriculum Associates the highest score, 94.68 out of 100 possible points. More
The 2016 EdTech Digest Awards Names Curriculum Associates CEO Rob Waldron EdTech CEO of the Year
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 21, 2016—Curriculum Associates CEO Rob Waldron has been named a winner of the 2016 EdTech Digest Awards. Waldron won the EdTech Leadership Award in the Founder / CEO category. The finalists in this category include Rob Mancabelli, CEO and Co-founder of BrightBytes; Phil Harrington, President and CEO at Kuder; Saki Dodelson, Founder, President and CEO at Achieve3000; and Elad Shoushan, Founder and CEO at LTG Exam. More
Curriculum Associates' New i-Ready® Central Facilitates Successful Implementation of i-Ready
Robust collection of online resources gives teachers the right tools exactly when they need them
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., December 7, 2015—Curriculum Associates recently launched i-Ready Central to help teachers, principals, and administrators successfully implement its award-winning i-Ready program. The online portal, offered at no additional cost to all i-Ready users and accessible 24/7, includes more than 160 resources organized around stages of implementation throughout the school year. These resources, including tips, training videos, and planning tools, will be updated frequently to ensure educators have the most current, relevant content at their fingertips when they need it.
The Boston Globe Names Curriculum Associates a Winner of the Mass. 2015 Top Workplaces Award
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 17, 2015—Curriculum Associates has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by The Boston Globe. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few. More
New York State Education Department Approves Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic for Reading and Math
Online assessment for grades K–12 to help New York State school districts and BOCES define student growth for teacher and principal evaluations
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 17, 2015—The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has recently selected Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic for reading and math as an approved Assessment for Use with Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and as an approved Supplemental Assessment with Corresponding Growth Models for grades K–12. As a result of this approval, districts and BOCES throughout New York can use the program as part of teachers' and principals' annual performance appraisals per the state's teacher evaluation requirements. More
Curriculum Associates' New i-Ready® Standards Mastery Offering Prepares Students for Success with New, More Rigorous Standards
i-Ready Standards Mastery provides real-time insight into students' mastery of individual and grade-level standards and detailed instructional recommendations for teachers
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 9, 2015—In response to educators' need for detailed insight into student understanding of the new standards, Curriculum Associates has recently launched a major enhancement to the i-Ready program. i-Ready Standards Mastery allows schools and districts to get just-in-time information on students' mastery of the standards and provides the instructional tools teachers need to address specific gaps and challenges. Built to cover Common Core standards for Reading, Language, and Mathematics, the new assessments complement the rich data offered by i-Ready Diagnostic by providing detailed information on individual standards as they are covered in the classroom. More
Curriculum Associates Supports the Advancement of Latino Educators by Sponsoring ALAS Scholarships
With the generous donation by Curriculum Associates, ALAS chooses two aspiring superintendents to receive funds to help them pursue advanced degrees
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 2, 2015—Curriculum Associates recently donated to the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) to support the organization's scholarship program. The donation allowed ALAS to award two aspiring superintendents with a total of $12,000 in scholarship funds to pursue or continue their advanced educational degrees. Rubén Gutiérrez of Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ received a $10,000 scholarship and Ivette Dubiel of Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora, IL received a $2,000 scholarship. More
Oregon Department of Education Adopts Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® and Ready® Common Core Mathematics for Grades K–8
Adoption of 6–8 makes program the first and only to receive perfect scores and an exemplary rating across all K–8 grade levels
Salem, Oregon, October 26, 2015—The Oregon State Board of Education has now adopted Curriculum Associates' i-Ready and Ready Common Core Mathematics programs for use in all K–8 classrooms across the state. Built for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the programs are the only ones in the history of the adoption process to receive a perfect score and an exemplary rating across all K–8 grade levels during the Oregon Instructional Materials Evaluation Process conducted by the Oregon Department of Education. According to the department, the programs received this score based on their alignment to the Oregon Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. More
Oregon Department of Education Awards a Perfect Score to Curriculum Associates' K–5 Ready® and i‑Ready® Common Core Mathematics
The program, which is focused on building conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency, is adopted by the state of Oregon
Salem, Oregon, September 24, 2015—The Oregon State Board of Education announced that it has approved the adoption of Curriculum Associates' Ready and i‑Ready Common Core Mathematics program for use in K–5 classrooms across the state of Oregon. Built for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the program received a perfect evaluation score during the Oregon Instructional Materials Evaluation Process conducted by the Oregon Department of Education. According to the department, the product received this score based on its alignment to the Oregon Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. More
Curriculum Associates Expands Its Operations in the Midwest by Opening New Chicago Office
Company targets education publishing talent in Chicago to further support students and teachers nationwide
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 9, 2015—Curriculum Associates, a leading education publishing company based in Massachusetts, is expanding its operations in the Midwest. To capitalize on the education publishing talent in the Chicago area, the company is opening a new office in downtown Chicago, IL. Located at 134 N. LaSalle St., the new office will allow the company to grow its capacity in the key areas of account management, professional development, and technical support as part of its ongoing commitment to provide its customers nationwide with exceptional service. More
Curriculum Associates Ranks No. 3,281 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 102%
Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000
NEW YORK, August 12, 2015—Inc. magazine today ranked Curriculum Associates No. 3,281 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000. More
Curriculum Associates Named a Private Company of the Year Finalist for 18th Annual Technology Leadership Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 16, 2015—Curriculum Associates today announced that it has been named a finalist in the Private Company of the Year category for the 2015 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Technology Leadership Awards. Other finalists in this category include CloudLock, DraftKings, ThinkingPhones, and VMTurbo. More
Curriculum Associates' New i-Ready® Lessons Provide Students with an Immersive Close Reading Learning Experience
New lessons for grades 3–5 support students in using complex, authentic texts to build rigorous close reading habits
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 10, 2015—Curriculum Associates has added new Close Reading lessons for grades 3–5 to its award-winning i‑Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction online program. This next generation of i‑Ready lessons provides complex, authentic texts that help students build their close reading habits to meet the rigor of the Common Core for each targeted standard, as well as the broader set of anchor standards. The lessons are designed to deepen students' reading comprehension and motivate them as they experience and grow accustomed to reading rigorous text independently. More.
Boston Business Journal honors Curriculum Associates as a 2015 “Best Places to Work” winner
Boston, MA, May 20, 2015—The Boston Business Journal has named Curriculum Associates one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in its twelfth annual regional awards program. The honor recognizes Curriculum Associates' achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture. More.
Montgomery County Schools to Use i-Ready to Help Improve Student Achievement as Part of District's i3 Grant Project
Curriculum Associates to support district as it implements its new “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS) program
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 20, 2015—Curriculum Associates has partnered with Montgomery County Schools (MCS) in Troy, NC to help the district improve student achievement through the implementation of a new development program funded by a three-year Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction online program for reading and mathematics will be a part of the district's new A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success (ACCESS) program, which was designed to create a district-wide culture of technology-based education. More.
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named Finalist in 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards
Online reading and mathematics program for grades K12 recognized in the Best Student Assessment Solution category
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 07, 2015Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction was named a finalist in the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries. The online K12 program was chosen in the Best Student Assessment Solution category, which recognizes the best application or solution for high-stakes assessments in the PreK12 or postsecondary market. An earlier version of i-Ready won the SIIA CODiE Award in this category in 2013. More.
Curriculum Associates' New Research Identifies the Most Challenging Common Core State Standards for Students
New microsite provides free resources and sample lessons to help educators address the most challenging reading and math standards
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 12, 2015—Curriculum Associates recently conducted extensive research using data from more than 750,000 students to identify the reading and math Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that students find the most challenging. These standards, as well as free instructional resources specifically targeted to them, are now available for educators on Curriculum Associates’ new microsite designed to help educators address difficult areas as they teach to the rigor of the CCSS. More.
Curriculum Associates' Ready® TNCore Mathematics Selected as Approved Instructional Program for Tennessee Schools
Program for grades K–8 chosen based on its focus, rigor, alignment, coherence, usability, and sensitivity
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 25, 2015—Curriculum Associates' Ready® TNCore Mathematics for grades K–8 was recently selected by the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission as an approved instructional program for Tennessee schools. The Commission recommended the program based on its focus, rigor, alignment, coherence, usability, and sensitivity after a rigorous review. More.
Leading Mathematics Experts Join Curriculum Associates' Team of Ready® Authors
Industry-leading scholars and authors Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint to further enhance comprehensive mathematics program
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 19, 2015—Industry-leading scholars and authors in mathematics education, Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint, recently joined Curriculum Associates' team of Ready® authors. Ellis and Kersaint will use their wealth of research, knowledge, and expertise to further enhance Ready® Mathematics by ensuring the validity and sound instructional design of the comprehensive instruction and practice program. More.
Curriculum Associates Launches New Math App to Help Students Develop Fact Fluency and Computational Fluency
Door 24® Plus for grades 1–8 joins the i-Ready® mobile family of educational products
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., January 22, 2015—Curriculum Associates has expanded its i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction mobile family of products with the launch of Door 24® Plus, a new educational game for the iPad®. Expanding upon the award-winning Door 24 app and available for free on the App Store, Door 24 Plus establishes a foundation based on fact fluency and then builds computational fluency by providing practice that requires students to solve problems using basic facts, number sense, and algebraic thinking. More.
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named a District Administration Readers' Choice Top 100 Product
K–12 leaders select online diagnostic and instruction program built for the Common Core State Standards as a top product to enhance learning in districts nationwide
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., December 1, 2014—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction was recognized as a District Administration Readers' Choice Top 100 Product for 2014. The awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, including technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction. Among the 100 winners, i-Ready was nominated by K–12 leaders, and later selected by the magazine's editors, for its positive impact in education and ability to enhance student learning. More.
The Boston Globe Names Curriculum Associates a ‘Top Place to Work’
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 14, 2014—Education company Curriculum Associates ranked #12 for medium-sized companies on The Boston Globe's annual “Top Places to Work” list for 2014. Companies that received this esteemed distinction were chosen as the state's most admired workplaces based on surveys completed by the people who know the companies best—the employees themselves. Boston Globe Business Editor Mark Pothier further characterizes these winners as going “above and beyond to motivate and challenge their workers, which tends to encourage innovation and loyalty.” More.
Curriculum Associates Expands Ready® Mathematics to Further Help Students Master the Rigor of New Standards
Two new resources further develop conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 12, 2014—Curriculum Associates has expanded its Ready® Mathematics program to include a student Practice and Problem Solving Book, as well as online Math Center Activities for grades 2–5, to help students further develop conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency. The Ready program now provides teachers with more classroom activities as well as options for rigorous, independent student practice in class, after school, or at home. More.
Curriculum Associates' New Ready® Writing Helps Students Meet the More Rigorous Writing Expectations of the New Standards
Interactive program for Grades 2–5 that focuses on writing from sources to provide a new approach to teaching writing
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., October 20, 2014—Curriculum Associates has expanded its family of Ready® programs with the launch of Ready Writing for grades 2–5. Built from scratch to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), this new research-based program provides educators with rigorous instructional materials as well as easy-to-use professional development resources to help students meet the writing expectations of the new standards. The program also works seamlessly with any ELA curriculum, including Ready Reading, to ensure students are learning to read as readers and as writers. More.
The Enlarged City School District of Middletown Improves Student Outcomes with Curriculum Associates' i-Ready®
District's elementary schools effectively use online diagnostic and instruction program built for the Common Core State Standards for blended learning
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 20, 2014—The Enlarged City School District of Middletown, a National Race to the Top District (RTTT-D) in Middletown, NY, has improved student outcomes through its use of Curriculum Associates' i‑Ready Diagnostic & Instruction. During the first year of its blended learning initiative in 2013–14, the district implemented the online program, which is built for the Common Core State Standards, in 33 elementary classrooms. Middletown chose i-Ready to meet its academic needs based on a collaborative design and content selection process that involved district leaders, teachers, and its partner, Education Elements, which helps design and implement personalized learning plans for districts. More.
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named a Winner of eSchool News' 2014–15 Readers' Choice Awards
Online diagnostic and instruction program built for the Common Core State Standards chosen as a top educational product by publication's readers
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 4, 2014—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction was recently named a winner of eSchool News' 2014–15 Readers' Choice Awards. The awards honor the best products and services in educational technology as chosen by readers, including more than 1,300 teachers, administrators and education technology specialists from K–12 schools and districts across North America, and i-Ready was one of the 50 winners that received the most nominations for favorite edtech product or service. More.
Curriculum Associates' Founder and Chairman Inducted into the Association of American Publishers' (AAP) Hall of Fame
Frank Ferguson honored for his lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the learning resource industry
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., July 7, 2014—Frank Ferguson, Curriculum Associates' founder and chairman, has been selected to receive the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK–12 Learning Group's 2014 Hall of Fame Award. As part of the Lamplighter Honors for Leadership in Educational Publishing, the Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor recognizing an individual's lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the learning resource industry. More.
Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Screens III Approved by Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Educators can use screens to evaluate children ages 0–35 months to meet Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C early intervention requirements
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, June 25, 2014—Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Screens III have been approved by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as part of its early intervention services to meet Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To help meet Part C requirements, which focus on children ages 0–35 months, educators in the state can use the BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screen III (0–35 months) to receive an accurate assessment of skills that are critical predictors of a child's future school success. More.
The Secret to Transformative Scale: Hire Right
This article originally appeared as part of the ‘Achieving Transformative Scale’ blog series, a collaboration between the Stanford Social Innovation Review and The Bridgespan Group.
When it comes to an organization's ability to achieve impact, outstanding people make the difference. In this blog, our CEO, Rob Waldron, talks about why he spends more than half of his time on recruiting. The article is part of an 8-week series on “Achieving Transformative Scale,” the result of a collaboration between The Bridgespan Group and Stanford Social Innovation Review featuring 16 leaders from around the world; it explores pathways that social sector leaders are pursuing to take solutions that work to a scale that truly transforms society. More.
Curriculum Associates' Vocabulary and Math Apps Winners of ComputED Gazette's 2014 BESSIE Awards
World's Worst Pet™ and Door 24™ vocabulary and math mobile apps recognized for educational excellence in Upper Elementary and Middle School app categories
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 21, 2014—Curriculum Associates' newest mobile apps, World's Worst Pet™ and Door 24™, developed for use with i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction, were recently named winners in the 20th Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), presented by The ComputED Gazette. World's Worst Pet won in the Upper Elementary category under Vocabulary & Comprehension App, and Door 24 won in the Middle School category under Math Practice App. More.
Leading English Language Arts Experts Join Curriculum Associates' Team of Ready® Authors
Jim Cunningham, Maureen McLaughlin, Brenda Overturf, and D. Ray Reutzel bring wealth of knowledge and expertise to further enhance highly successful reading program
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 9, 2014—Curriculum Associates has enlisted leading industry experts to further develop its comprehensive Ready® Common Core Reading program, which is designed to improve teaching and learning outcomes on the new, more rigorous standards. The authors will help ensure the validity and sound instructional design of the program by using their wealth of knowledge and research expertise in specific areas related to career and college readiness and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts. More.
Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Screens Recommended by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Screens included as a recommended resource for Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! federal initiative designed to promote developmental screening of young children
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, April 14, 2014—Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE Screens were chosen as a recommended screening tool by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its new Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! initiative. This coordinated federal effort is designed to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families and providers create developmental milestones for their child, and identify possible delays and concerns in children early. More.
“Doing well and good”—a CommonWealth Magazine interview with CEO, Rob Waldron, and founder, Frank Ferguson
Rob Waldron and Frank Ferguson discuss Curriculum Associates' founding, mission, vision and how it really is possible to ‘do well AND do good.’
CommonWealth Magazine—April 8, 1014—“A few years ago, Frank Ferguson, then in his early 80s, reluctantly began considering the fact that he would not be able to run Curriculum Associates forever... Around the same time, Rob Waldron, a restless Harvard MBA with a strong leadership record in the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, set his sights on finding his “dream job”—a CEO post that combined his business skills and a mission-driven passion for education. Waldron, who also wanted such a job to be no farther than 30 minutes from the Wayland home where he and his wife were raising their two children, knew the odds of finding that perfect fit were slim. What happened next proved to be the answer to both men's dreams.” Read the full story.
World's Worst Pet™ iPad® App Named a Winner of Parents' Choice® Recommended Award
Educational app from Curriculum Associates helps children in grades 4–8 build Tier Two vocabulary through an engaging, game-based learning environment
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, March 6, 2014—World's Worst Pet™, an i-Ready® iPad app, has been named a winner of the 2014 Parents' Choice® Recommended Award in the Mobile Apps category. The reading app, designed for students in grades 4–8, was chosen by Parents' Choice Foundation's panel of educators, scientists, artists, librarians, parents, and children for its ability to entertain and teach with flair, stimulate imagination, and inspire creativity. More.
New Guide to EdTech Procurement Released
Interactive Paper Provides Framework and Advice for District Leaders
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, January 15, 2014—Curriculum Associates joins co-authors from Digital Learning Now! (DLN), a national initiative under the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), Getting Smart, and The Learning Accelerator to release a new white paper titled “Smart Series Guide to EdTech Procurement.” More.
Massachusetts-based Curriculum Associates Names Katie Nicholson Vice President of Online Assessment
Nicholson to drive strategic direction and oversight of Curriculum Associates' award-winning i-Ready® Diagnostic
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, January 14, 2014—Massachusetts-based educational publisher Curriculum Associates has promoted Katie Nicholson to Vice President of Online Assessment. In this role, Nicholson will drive the strategic direction and oversight of the award-winning i-Ready® online assessment program, including its adaptive Diagnostic, progress monitoring assessments, and future assessment offerings. Nicholson will additionally lead all of the company's research and efficacy studies. More.
Rob Waldron Selected for Pahara and Aspen Institutes' Education Fellowship
Curriculum Associates' CEO to team up with innovative educational leaders to improve educational outcomes for students
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, January 3, 2014—Curriculum Associates' CEO, Rob Waldron, has been selected to be a member of the newest cohort of the prestigious Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. A joint venture of the Aspen Institute and the Pahara Institute, the fellowship aims to bring together exceptional education leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit education sectors to tackle challenges and begin to break down the silos that exist in order to make real change for students and public education as a whole. More.
Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24—A New iPad® App That Builds Computational Fluency
Complements the award-winning i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction program
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, January 2, 2014—Curriculum Associates announces another addition to the i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction product line, winner of the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Student Assessment Solution, with the release of the second in a new series of educational games for the iPad®. These apps target the skills that are most essential for achievement in Reading and Mathematics and motivate students to develop these skills through the power of game design. More.
i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Wins Tech & Learning 2013 Awards of Excellence
Online diagnostic and instruction program built for the Common Core State Standards
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, November 12, 2013—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction was recently named a winner of the Tech & Learning 2013 Awards of Excellence (AOE) in the Best Upgrade category. A panel of more than 30 educators, who tested more than 150 entries, chose i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction as a winner based on its quality and effectiveness, ease of use, creative use of technology, and suitability for use in an educational environment, as well as its significant enhancements which has enabled it to offer the highest quality experience for educators and students. More.
New i-Ready® iPad® App Builds Vocabulary to Boost Reading Comprehension
New addition to the award-winning i-Ready blended learning program builds Tier Two vocabulary through an engaging, game-based learning environment
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, November 4, 2013—Curriculum Associates announces a new addition to i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction product line, winner of the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Student Assessment Solution, with the release of the first app in a new series of educational games for the iPad. These apps will target the skills that are most essential for achievement in Reading and Mathematics and then harness the power of game design to motivate students to develop them. More.
i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Reading for Grades K–8 Meets California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Review Criteria
CLRN has reviewed and approved i-Ready for social content
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, October 15, 2013—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Reading for Grades K–8 was recently reviewed by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) and has met its criteria for English-Language Arts. CLRN provides California educators with a “one-stop” resource providing critical information needed in the selection of supplemental electronic learning resources aligned to the California State Board of Education academic content standards. More.
Curriculum Associates Expands Partnership with MetaMetrics® to Provide Quantile® Measures for i-Ready®
Curriculum Associates delivers actionable math metric through the use of the Quantile® Framework
DURHAM, NC, October 3, 2013—Curriculum Associates, LLC, now offers educators a valid and reliable measure of student mathematical readiness to help educators monitor student growth and differentiate instruction in mathematics. The company has expanded its partnership with MetaMetrics, developer of The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, to provide Quantile measures in their popular i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction product. Curriculum Associates partnered with MetaMetrics in 2012 to add Lexile® measures to i-Ready, a nationally recognized online assessment and instruction program. Now reporting Quantile measures, i-Ready provides a seamless K–8 experience for educators to measure and track student progress in mathematics. More.
Curriculum Associates Expands ‘Ready® Common Core Reading’ for Grades K–1
Multicomponent program uses best-practice teaching strategies and routines to help students in early grades develop reading comprehension skills assessed by the Common Core
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, September 5, 2013—Curriculum Associates, LLC, has expanded its Ready® Common Core Reading program with Grades K–1 content to help students in early grade levels meet the new demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Ready Common Core Reading offers K–1 students age-appropriate instruction and practice to build reading comprehension skills and supports teachers with point-of-use professional development to help them teach the new, more rigorous standards. More.
NYSED names Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic for Grades 9–12 as an Approved Measure of Student Growth
Online diagnostic for reading and math to help New York State school districts and BOCES define student growth for teacher and principal evaluations
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, September 3, 2013—Curriculum Associate' i-Ready Diagnostic for Reading and Math for Grades 9–12 has been approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a measure of student achievement or growth. As a result, i-Ready Diagnostic will subsequently contribute to teachers' and principals' annual performance appraisals per the state's teacher evaluation requirements. More.
Curriculum Associates Releases New BRIGANCE® Early Childhood Screens III to Help Educators Meet Needs of Young Learners
Screens III include new cutoffs, new validity and reliability research, and new content aligned to early learning and Common Core standards
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 13, 2013—To help educators efficiently and effectively assess children from birth to first grade in order to address early identification and build school readiness, Curriculum Associates has released a major new edition of its screening tool: the BRIGANCE® Early Childhood Screens III. The BRIGANCE Screens III provide educators with an accurate assessment of skills that are critical predictors of children's school success and include new cutoffs, new validity and reliability research, new content aligned to early learning standards and Common Core State Standards, and a new user-friendly design. More.
i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Now Includes High School Diagnostic and Progress Monitoring
SIIA CODiE Award-winning online diagnostic and instruction program identifies root causes behind students' challenges and gives teachers tools to differentiate instruction
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 7, 2013—This August, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction will include monthly Progress Monitoring assessments for grades K–8 and will expand diagnostic assessments through grade 12. These additions will increase the functionality of i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction, an award-winning online program that helps educators identify students' strengths and weaknesses and tailors instruction accordingly. More.
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Winner of 2013 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Student Assessment Solution
Award-winning online diagnostic and instruction program identifies root causes behind students' challenges and gives teachers tools to differentiate instruction
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 7, 2013—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction was named the Best Student Assessment Solution in the 2013 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The category recognizes the best solution for high-stakes assessments and preparation for high-stakes tests in the PreK–12 or postsecondary market for use in either formative or summative assessments. More.
Curriculum Associates' i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named Finalist in 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards
Online diagnostic and instruction program recognized in the Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Student Assessment Solution
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, April 8, 2013—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction was recently named a finalist in the 2013 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The award-winning online diagnostic and instruction program was recognized in the Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Student Assessment Solution categories. More.
Curriculum Associates Releases Major New Edition of BRIGANCE® Inventory of Early Development (IED)
BRIGANCE IED III and BRIGANCE IED III Standardized include new content, up-to-date research, Common Core alignment and more
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, April 3, 2013—Curriculum Associates has added critical updates to the BRIGANCE Inventory of Early Development (IED), the company's popular and long-trusted developmental assessment tool for children birth through seven years. Available in criterion-referenced and norm-referenced editions, the new BRIGANCE IED III assessments include new content, up-to-date validity and reliability research, and strong alignment to early learning and Common Core standards. More.
Curriculum Associates Partners with Clever to Add 5-Minute SIS Integration to i-Ready®
New SIS integration gets students online faster
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, March 18, 2013—Curriculum Associates, makers of the award-winning i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction program, today announced a strategic multi-year partnership with Clever to provide SIS integration for all of its school customers. For the first time, i-Ready will directly connect to dozens of student information systems. More.
Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Special Education Program Receives CASE Endorsement
Screening, assessment, and instruction tools recognized for helping educators meet the needs of special education students
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, March 6, 2013—Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Special Education family of products has been officially endorsed by the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). BRIGANCE Special Education was endorsed after a rigorous evaluation based on its marketability, feasibility, research base, performance in field tests, customer satisfaction, company reputation, and enhancement of professional practice as advocated by CASE. More.
i-Ready® Reaches One Millionth Assessment
Award-winning online diagnostic and instruction program identifies root causes behind students' challenges, and gives teachers tools to differentiate instruction
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, March 4, 2013—Built for the Common Core, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction combines a valid and reliable growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product. To reach one million assessments in less than two years is a testament to the fact that i-Ready delivers a much-needed resource for educators across the country. The 1 millionth assessment was completed by two different students, in two different states at the exact same time on February 26 at 1:55 p.m. EST. More.
Curriculum Associates Wins Leading Education Awards
Digital products recognized by Tech & Learning's Awards of Excellence and District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, December 6, 2012—Curriculum Associates was recently recognized by two of the leading awards programs in the education industry. i-Ready™ Diagnostic & Instruction won District Administration's Readers' Choice Top 100 Products award, and STAAR™ i-Ready™ and the BRIGANCE® IED II Record Book for the iPad® won Tech & Learning's Awards of Excellence. More.
Leading Charter Schools Nationwide Adopt ‘i-Ready’
Top education innovators recognize online diagnostic and instruction program as key part of successful formula for student growth
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, October 1, 2012—Many of the nation's leading charter schools have chosen Curriculum Associates' i-Ready™ Diagnostic & Instruction to be a key element of their blended learning and student growth initiatives. Harlem Children's Zone, New Classrooms, Rocketship Education, and Uncommon Schools Boston, as well as KIPP Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York all use i-Ready. More.
Curriculum Associates' New ‘Ready™ New York CCLS’ Program Makes It Easier for Teachers to Meet Latest NYSED Changes
Educational publisher is first to create tools to comply with new state requirement
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, September 12, 2012—Curriculum Associates' newest offering, Ready™ New York CCLS (Common Core Learning Standards), will include material that addresses the latest changes to the state's 2013 mathematics tests announced in late August by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). These tests could include specific content from the previous grade's curriculum, in addition to on-grade content. This information was accompanied by a chart assigning each CCLS to the September–April or May–June instructional period to help educators understand what content will appear on the 2013 tests and what content will appear on the following year's tests. More.
Curriculum Associates Partners with MetaMetrics to Add Lexile Measures to i-Ready Diagnostic
Addition of Recognized Measures Makes Successful Diagnostic Tool Even Stronger, More Useful for Educators
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, August 27, 2012—MetaMetrics®, developer of The Lexile® Framework for Reading, has partnered with Curriculum Associates to include Lexile® measures in Curriculum Associates' i-Ready™ Diagnostic assessment program. i-Ready Diagnostic accurately assesses students, provides detailed, easy-to-use reports to help teachers provide differentiated instruction, and helps school districts across the country implement new and expanding requirements related to measuring student growth and teacher performance. More.
New Curriculum Associates ‘Ready™’ Program Built to Help Students Master the Common Core
Multicomponent program combines rigorous instruction and practice for students with embedded professional development and robust resources for teachers
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, August 20, 2012—Curriculum Associates, LLC, has introduced an all-new print program to ensure student success on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Built specifically for the new standards and using the language of the CCSS, Ready™ Common Core offers students in grades 3–8 rigorous instruction and practice in math and reading while also offering teachers multilevel resources and tools to easily implement these lessons. More.
Curriculum Associates' Growth Featured in the Boston Business Journal
July 27, 2012—Curriculum Associates' President and CEO, Rob Waldron, speaks with the Boston Business Journal's Sean McFadden about the keys to growth in a tough economy, including the introduction of i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction to the market.
Education Company Charts Course to Growth
by Sean McFadden
Rob Waldron left behind a job in the private equity world four years ago to follow his passion for leading an education-focused organization. Now, as CEO of North Billerica-based Curriculum Associates LLC, or CA, he's received a lesson in the power of savvy product development. Read the full article.
Curriculum Associates Advisor Speaks to Language Magazine About ELL and the Common Core
July 16, 2012—Lori Helman, advisor to Curriculum Associates, shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the teaching of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Language Magazine.
Cutting to the Common Core
Language Magazine: How will implementation of the CCSS affect the teaching of ELLs?
Lori Helman: The CCSS present a challenge similar to the one educators have faced in the past decade—how to take the diverse population entering schools and help each student meet the same rigorous achievement goals. The CCSS set a new bar of high rigor and critical thinking for all students. Foundational skills are the necessary building blocks in the process, but not the end goal. In particular, students who are learning to speak English at the same time they are learning their reading, writing, and content area in English will need access to concepts within the common curriculum, and teachers and specialists will need to find ways to scaffold this content. Here are some factors I see as influencing teaching practice and instructional planning: Read the full article.
Curriculum Associates Featured in Education Week
July 12, 2012—Curriculum Associates' President and CEO Rob Waldron and Founder and Chairman Frank Ferguson were interviewed by Education Week blogger and ed tech expert Tom Vander Ark.
Curriculum Associates: Leveraging For-profit Power With a Nonprofit Purpose
Co-written by Tom Vander Ark and Sarah Cargill
For-profit giants are often viewed with skepticism in education. Nonprofits generally focus on impact but move at a slower pace and struggle to raise donations to fund growth. Is there a better model? Read the full article.
Curriculum Associates and PCI Education Partner to Serve Special Education Students
Leading special education publishers align products to make it easier to help students
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, June 13, 2012—Curriculum Associates, LLC, and PCI Education have aligned two of Curriculum Associates' leading BRIGANCE® assessments with the PCI Reading Program to help special education teachers integrate developmentally appropriate reading curriculum with personalized, differentiated instruction for each student in the classroom. More
Curriculum Associates CEO Speaks to Education Views about Impact of New Technologies in the Classroom
June 12, 2012—Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, speaks with Michael F. Shaughnessy of Education Views about how new technologies are vastly improving teachers' ability to help children learn.
Education Views: Rob, everyone seems to be concerned about measuring student growth and development, and doing teacher assessment. There obviously is a long history to this, but could you provide your summary overview?
Rob Waldron: Technology is finally catching up with the needs of teachers and students. The adaptive technologies that allow us to change every question based on the answer to the prior question allow us to get meaningfully better information in a shorter period of time and to do significantly more ongoing research at excruciating levels of detail.
These technologies, including our own, for the first time, can really answer the question “why is a child ahead or behind?” not just whether they are ahead or behind. In doing so, we can develop a detailed instructional plan for each student to help them learn what they need to learn and make the necessary gains to move forward. Read the full interview.
Kentucky Department of Education Adopts Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Kindergarten Screen
Readiness screener will be implemented statewide in the 2013–14 school year to help ensure kindergarten students receive appropriate instructional support
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, June 4, 2012—The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has adopted Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Kindergarten Screen as the common kindergarten readiness screener. Starting in the 2013–14 school year, all public kindergarten classrooms in the state will use the screener to determine students' current level of performance and support student learning through developmentally appropriate educational instruction informed by screening results. More
Curriculum Associates at the Forefront of a Growing National Trend in Education
States continue to choose i-Ready to measure student growth
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 16, 2012—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic is leading the way in helping school districts across the country implement new and expanding requirements related to measuring student growth and teacher performance.
Increasingly, states are implementing programs that require a valid and reliable measure of student growth that serves as one of multiple inputs in teacher effectiveness. This is driven by increasing Race to the Top funding scrutiny and the more recent No Child Left Behind waiver stipulations. More
Ohio approves ‘i-Ready Diagnostic’ as Student Growth Measure
Assessment tool measures student growth with a rich, detailed view of their progress
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 14, 2012—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a student growth measure and is now on ODE's Approved List of Assessments that measure student growth for use by school districts and educational service centers (ESCs) in teacher and principal evaluations in K–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics. More
Pennsylvania DOE Approves the BRIGANCE® Developmental Inventories as Early Learning Assessment Tools
BRIGANCE® Early Childhood Developmental Inventory and Head Start Developmental Inventory provide assessment solutions for infants/toddlers and pre-K students
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 10, 2012—The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has defined a new child outcomes reporting strategy that will go into effect during the 2012–13 school year. In order to help Pennsylvania educators meet these requirements, OCDEL has released a list of approved early childhood assessments. Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE® Early Childhood Developmental Inventory (ECDI) and BRIGANCE® Head Start Developmental Inventory (HSDI) were both approved by OCDEL to support outcomes reporting for children in the Infant–Toddler (0–3 years) and Pre-kindergarten (3–5 years) age ranges. More
Inaugural Class of Education Leadership Fellows Announced
Fellows will engage with education industry and public school leaders to work toward eliminating silos in education sector
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, May 2, 2012—Starting in fall 2012, Megan Braucher and Chris Fraser, the inaugural Ferguson Education Leadership Fellows, will work full-time on curriculum, product development, and data and accountability at each of the following organizations:
- Rocketship Education, a national, nonprofit elementary charter school network based in San Jose, California.
- Curriculum Associates, LLC, a privately owned, fast-growing 40+-year-old education technology company in Boston.
- Revere Public Schools, an urban school district in Revere, Massachusetts.
“We were overwhelmed by the response to the fellowship. More than 100 highly qualified individuals applied for two fellowship positions, and the candidates went through a highly competitive, multi-stage interview process,” said Rob Waldron, President and CEO of Curriculum Associates. “The level of interest shows just how crucial it is that the public and private sectors work well together to help achieve real change for students.”
Curriculum Associates' Digital Products Named as Finalists in 2012 SIIA CODiE Awards
i-Ready™ Diagnostic & Instruction and BRIGANCE® Inventory of Early Development II (IED II) iPad® App recognized
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, April 25, 2012—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready™ Diagnostic & Instruction and BRIGANCE® Inventory of Early Development II (IED II) Record Book for the iPad® were recently named finalists in the 2012 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The iPad app is a finalist in the Best Educational Use of a Mobile Device category and i-Ready is a finalist in the Best Student Assessment Solution category.
“Curriculum Associates is particularly honored to be a CODiE finalist this year, because, for the first time ever, all nominated products were reviewed solely by educators,” said Rob Waldron, President and CEO of Curriculum Associates.
New York State Approves ‘i-Ready Diagnostic’ as Student Growth Measure
Districts eligible for state aid reimbursement
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, March 9, 2012—Curriculum Associates' i-Ready Diagnostic has been approved by the New York State Education Department as a student growth measure and helps fulfill a new state law that requires student growth to be a factor in evaluating teachers and principals.
i-Ready Diagnostic is on the List of Approved Student Assessments for Use by School Districts and BOCES in Teacher and Principal Evaluations for K–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics. A statewide BOCES contract makes a portion of local districts' purchases of i-Ready Diagnostic eligible for state aid reimbursement. More
Public/Private Organizations Start Fellowship Program to Create Tomorrow’s Education Leaders
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, February 28, 2012—The Ferguson Education Leadership Fellowship, created by Curriculum Associates and Rocketship Education, is a 30-month postgraduate fellowship for individuals interested in the interrelationship between traditional schools, charter schools, and the for-profit education technology industry. More
CEO of Curriculum Associates Speaks Out on Debate Over Measuring Teacher and Student Performance
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, February 1, 2012—In response to the increasing debate about how student and teacher performance should be measured and what the outcomes of those measurements should mean—for individual students, teachers, and schools, as well as the future of education in this country—Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, LLC, made the following statement:
“There is a lot of debate about how to measure student, teacher, and school progress. What we all can agree on is that teachers and students are under more pressure to perform well than ever before.”
Curriculum Associates Announces $250,000 Matching Grant Opportunity Designed to Help Students in Need
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, January 17, 2012—Curriculum Associates, LLC, a leading publisher of research-based supplemental curriculum materials, has found a new way to give back to the education community. Frank Ferguson, Curriculum Associates' founder, is donating $250,000 in matching grants to PreK–12 educators who demonstrate an innovative approach to teaching with Curriculum Associates' research-based instructional and assessment materials.
BRIGANCE Transition Skills Activities interview on EducationViews.org
(As seen on educationnews.org—November 3, 2011) Brandon Linden, Executive Editor at Curriculum Associates, offers insights to EducationViews.org about how the BRIGANCE® family of products helps educators to be able to quickly show the needs and abilities of their students, particularly in an increasingly data-driven environment. Linden explains the importance of focusing on academic skill, post-secondary opportunities, independent living, and community participation for students transitioning out of high school into a variety of settings. Curriculum Associates' new BRIGANCE® Transition Skills Activities product not only focuses on these areas, but is also closely aligned with IDEA (Indicator 13) requirements, making it, together with the BRIGANCE® Transition Skills Inventory, a comprehensive assessment and instruction solution for transition educators. Read the full article
Curriculum Associates Expands Its ‘CAMS® & STAMS®’ Series to Help Students Master Foundational Math Skills
Curriculum Associates makes CAMS & STAMS available for grades 1–2 and launches new STAMS Solve practice and application program for grades 3–8
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, October 25, 2011—To help students master foundational math skills, Curriculum Associates has expanded the CAMS & STAMS family of products by making CAMS (Comprehensive Assessment for Mathematics Strategies) & STAMS (Strategies to Achieve Mathematics Success) available for grades 1–2. In addition, the company has added math practice with STAMS® Solve™. When used together, this powerful combination of assessment, instruction, practice and application helps students gain a solid understanding of key mathematics concepts.More
‘BRIGANCE® Transition Skills Activities’ Helps Special Education Students Master Independent Living and Post-Secondary Skills
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, October 13, 2011Designed to develop middle and high school special education students' skills in key transition areas, Curriculum Associates' new
BRIGANCE® Transition Skills Activities delivers data-driven instruction to support students' transition services needs. With 35 lessons covering four skills areas
post-secondary education and training, employment, independent living and community participation the product helps districts meet IDEA (Indicator 13) requirements around transition planning.
iPad App Helps Teachers Easily Collect Data on Students Functioning Below Developmental
Age of 7
Application syncs with Curriculum Associates' BRIGANCE Online Management System so
educators can easily assess and report on the needs of students.
NORTH BILLERICA, MA, October 10, 2011Curriculum Associates, LLC, has developed
a new iPad® application that provides users of the criterion-referenced
BRIGANCE® Inventory of Early Development (IED II) and Online
Management System (OMS) with an easy and convenient way to assess and report
on the educational needs of students functioning below the developmental age of
seven. Available now in the App StoreSM, the
BRIGANCE Inventory of Early Development II (IED II) Record Book for
the iPad enables users to record assessment data and observations directly
on an iPad and then sync the data seamlessly with the OMS. More
Education News Interviews BRIGANCE® Product
Katie Nicholson, Director of BRIGANCE Products, talks to Michael F. Shaughnessy
at EdNews about the history of BRIGANCE and its vast reach across the American education
system, especially in the field of Special Education. Nicholson discusses the latest
updates to the BRIGANCE Special Education family of products, including the new
Transition Skills Inventory, as well as updates to the Early Childhood developmental
screening and assessment products. Read the
Curriculum Associates New 'New York Ready' Series is Completely
Updated to Match the 2011 Tests
January 28, 2011 Curriculum Associates, LLC, has introduced an
all-new program that fully addresses changes to the 2011 New York State tests.
Available immediately (curriculumassociates.com/NYReady), New York Ready
is an effective, integrated print and online program that offers targeted instruction
and test practice on the New York State Performance Indicators. More
Curriculum Associates Launches Dynamic New ‘CAMS®’
& ‘STAMS®’ Math Series
NCTM Focal Points and Connections alignments and interactive whiteboard activities
bring CAMS & STAMS name new vision
September 20, 2010 Curriculum Associates, LLC, recently released a powerful
new series with the CAMS & STAMS name to help educators accurately diagnose
students' levels and provide differentiated instruction to help raise student
achievement in foundational math skills. The CAMS (Comprehensive Assessment for
Mathematics Strategies) & STAMS (Strategies to Achieve Mathematics Success)
series provides a powerful integrated assessment and instruction program that includes
engaging interactive whiteboard activities for skills practice and to ensure student
mastery of every concept. More
Curriculum Associates Introduces New Florida Ready—Aligned
to all the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
September 8, 2010 Curriculum Associates, LLC, announces the immediate availability
of Florida Ready, a new reading and mathematics series that aligns to the
new Reading and Mathematics FCAT Test Item Specifications. Florida Ready
was developed to help Florida educators teach concepts and skills for each of the
new standards. "Beginning with the 2010–2011 school year, the statewide
assessment program will begin transitioning to assessing student understanding of
the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards through the implementation of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 (FCAT 2.0)" (http://fcat.fldoe.org).
Addressing the need for change, Curriculum Associates' Florida Ready
contains explicit instruction that aligns to all of the new reading and mathematics
standards (in place for the 2010–2011 school year) that will be covered on
the FCAT 2.0. More
Curriculum Associates Receives Awards from Leading Education
and Creative Services Organizations
Leading supplemental publisher is recognized for its outstanding products, marketing
campaign, catalog, and website
September 3, 2010 Curriculum Associates, LLC, a leading publisher of research-based
supplemental curriculum materials, has recently been honored with numerous awards
for its products and marketing efforts. Most notably, Curriculum Associates was
the recipient of the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Gold Beacon Award,
the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award, ComputED Gazette's 16th Annual Best Educational
Software Awards (BESSIE Awards), and a collection of design awards for its product
campaigns, product catalogs, and state-specific website. More
Updated ‘CARS® Plus’ and ‘STARS®’
Series has Proven Strategies and Improved Features—New for 2010
February 22, 2010 Curriculum Associates LLC, a leading publisher of research-based
supplemental curriculum materials, has revised its popular Comprehensive Assessment
for Reading Strategies (CARS® Plus) and Strategies To
Achieve Reading Success (STARS®) Series to meet
the needs of today's diverse classrooms. For students in grades K–8, both
series feature a fresh new design and enhanced teacher guides. More
‘BRIGANCE® Transition Skills Inventory’
supports IDEA transition goals
January 13, 2010 The BRIGANCE Transition Skills Inventory (TSI) provides
special education teachers and administrators with a complete resource to easily
assess and support middle- and high-school students who are preparing to transition
out of school. Created by Curriculum Associates® LLC, the new BRIGANCE TSI addresses
key components of transition planning—with the TSI it's easy to determine
present level of performance in key transition skill areas, write transition goals
and objectives for IEPs, and monitor and report student progress. The TSI includes
more than 100 in-depth assessments covering four important transition skills areas:
academic skill, post-secondary opportunities, independent living, and community
participation. These assessments cover a broad range of skills to address the varied
interests and abilities of special education students planning for post-secondary
‘Tennessee Ready’ Series Prepares Students
for Success on State Reading and Math Assessments
December 14, 2009 Tennessee educators can now help students feel prepared
for high stakes assessments with the new Tennessee Ready series. Launched by Curriculum
Associates, a leading publisher of research-based supplemental curriculum materials
and tools for today's diverse classrooms, Tennessee Ready Mathematics and Tennessee
Ready Reading/Language Arts offer test preparation that matches the recently released
Tennessee Curriculum Standards and Blueprints for Learning, and each book in the
series contains the number of questions per strand that aligns to the latest Tennessee
Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). More
BRIGANCE® CIBS II' Offers Effective and Individualized
Diagnosis for Special Education Students
December 7, 2009 The BRIGANCE Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II
(CIBS II) provides special education teachers and administrators with the means
to easily assess and monitor the needs of special education students. Created by
Curriculum Associates®, the new CIBS II Reading/ELA Inventory and CIBS II Math
Inventory measure students' present level of performance, provide ongoing assessment
of academic skills at Pre–K through grade 9 levels, guide instructional planning,
and offer instructional objectives for writing IEPs. More
Curriculum Associates' ‘New York Ready’ Series
Aligns to State Standards to Maximize Student Achievement
December 7, 2009 Nothing says “Hot off the Presses” like Curriculum
Associates' latest New York Ready series. Preparing students for everything that
is going to be assessed on New York's recently rescheduled May 2010 high-stakes
test, the series aligns to New York's State Performance Indicators, including the
new April-to-April mathematics schedule. More
Curriculum Associates' Celebrates 40 Years of Providing
Quality Supplemental Materials to Educators Nationwide
November 4, 2009 Curriculum Associates, a leading publisher of research-based
supplemental curriculum materials and tools for today's diverse classrooms, marks
its 40th anniversary of creating and supplying leading reading, math, and assessment
tools for schools. Long known for its BRIGANCE special education screens and its
student reading and math workbooks, the company has expanded its line to include
software and web-based diagnostic assessments that provide teachers with immediate
results to help differentiate instruction for every student. More
Curriculum Associates' Launches New State-specific
‘Ready’ Line with ‘TAKS Ready Mathematics’ and ‘TAKS
September 10, 2009 Curriculum Associates, a leading publisher of research-based
supplemental curriculum materials and tools for today's diverse classrooms, is launching
its Ready line of test practice and instruction books with the new TAKS Ready Mathematics
and TAKS Ready Reading. These supplemental materials will replace the TAKS Practice
and Mastery series and include test practice and focused instruction to help students
raise their test scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™).
Curriculum Associates' Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor
for Cavallo Books
October 8, 2009 Curriculum Associates, a leading publisher of research-based
supplemental curriculum materials and tools for today's diverse classrooms, has
been appointed the sole distributor of Cavallo Books in the United States. With
more than 150 titles, Cavallo Books are specifically designed to build oral language
skills and are authored by leading early literacy experts, including Dr. Adria Klein,
Libby Larrabee, and Alan Trussell-Cullen. More
Curriculum Associates to Unveil New ‘BRIGANCE®’
Program at National Head Start Conference
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 28, 2009—To coincide with the National
Head Start Conference, Curriculum Associates is launching its new BRIGANCE Head
Start System. Programs such as Head Start have trusted BRIGANCE products for more
than 20 years. Now, there is a new system tailored specifically to meet the needs
of Head Start programs. The system is designed to provide quick and easy screening
and ongoing assessment of student skills to help determine each child's specific
needs, target instruction, and monitor progress. More
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Microsite Takes
Guesswork out of Title I Funding
Curriculum Associates helps educators find stimulus solutions
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 9, 2009—As educators scramble to understand
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), questions arise about
its link to classroom learning. Curriculum Associates, a leading publisher of research-based
supplemental curriculum materials and tools for today's diverse classrooms, has
launched an ARRA microsite dedicated to answering these questions by providing helpful,
up-to-date guidance on the recently-signed ARRA and its effect on education and
education reform. The site can be found at www.CurriculumAssociates.com/ARRA. More
Curriculum Associates' ‘Summer School Kits’
Provide Aid to Struggling Students
Assessment, instruction, practice, and test preparation combine to increase student
achievement in summer- and after-school programs
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 25, 2009—Curriculum Associates, a
leading publisher of research-based supplemental curriculum materials and tools
for today's diverse classrooms, has created Summer School Kits specifically designed
to raise achievement in struggling students enrolled in summer school programs or
after-school "extended day" programs. Designed for students in grades
2–8, the kits feature multiple components that together provide a concentrated
system for helping students advance in reading and mathematics. More