News | February 5, 2019

STAAR MASTER Digital Powered By PREPWORKS Unveiled As The Newest Addition To The STAAR MASTER System At TCEA Convention


ECS Learning Systems, the leading Integrated Standards Prep™ company and developer of STAAR MASTER®, announced today at TCEA their new STAAR MASTER® Digital (Powered by PREPWORKS) computer adaptive solution to expand the STAAR MASTER System. The new digital offerings will complement STAAR MASTER’s paper-based offerings to enable offline, blended, and fully online instructional models. Leveraging the award-winning PREPWORKS® Learning Positioning System® (LPS) computer adaptive learning platform, STAAR MASTER Digital offers a fully TEKS-aligned, personalized learning experience. The solution seamlessly fuses together assessment, reporting, and instruction. STAAR MASTER Digital is available for pre-sales orders immediately and will be rolled out to schools for Fall 2019. STAAR MASTER Digital will initially have offerings for grades five through nine Math, including Algebra 1. Additional grades and subjects are in development.

The first public demonstrations of STAAR MASTER Digital happen this week at the TCEA Convention and Exposition in booth number 1739 with live demos on Wednesday at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm, and Thursday at 10:00, 11:00am, 1:30, and 2:30pm. ECS Learning Systems will lead an exhibitor showcase session number 191572 on Wednesday, February 6th at 10:30am in Room 223. Additionally, ECS Learning System’s CEO, David Cumberbatch, will introduce the company during the opening keynote address by Dr. Mae Jemison on Tuesday, February 5th at 1:00pm.

“ECS Learning Systems was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1982 for teachers by teachers and this passion for education continues today,” said David Cumberbatch. “Our mission is to advance instruction and learning with innovative, quality solutions and to help over one million K-12 students annually achieve academic success and mastery of state standards by 2021.”

STAAR MASTER has a proven history of significant score improvements supported by the STAAR MASTER Score Guarantee. STAAR MASTER Digital builds on that legacy and uses personalized learning paths through PREPWORKS LPS Platform for each individual student with real-time progress and standards-based reporting. With real-time data, analytics, and personalized score reports, students and teachers can easily track and manage progress and performance in each lesson area and against each standard and benchmark with at-a-glance views for completion, mastery, and time spent.

“STAAR MASTER Digital (Powered by PREPWORKS) is a computer-adaptive learning solution that delivers a combination of formative and summative assessments to inform instruction and remediation and maximize each student's learning experience,” said Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, founder of PREPWORKS and Chief Product Officer for ECS Learning Systems. “This is another example of how ECS Learning Systems is dedicated to advancing students’ achievements through proven effective solutions and our vision of Age-Appropriate Blended Learning™ solutions.”

The PREPWORKS LPS Platform delivers prescriptive and personalized learning paths to guide each student to success. LPS delivers up to 281 trillion personalized learning paths with learning activities and multi-media instruction targeted at each student's strengths and weaknesses per lesson area and standard. It works on all devices including Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

ECS introduced the concept of Age-Appropriate Blended Learning for elementary, middle, and high schools with Score Guarantees. These comprehensive offerings will ultimately use a unique mix of digital and paper-based instructional material for each grade level from K to 12 to maximize effectiveness. Through its brands, STAAR MASTER®, TESTSMART®, NOVEL UNITS® and PREPWORKS®, ECS Learning Systems offers a diverse portfolio of high quality supplementary educational products.

About ECS Learning Systems
ECS Learning Systems, headquartered in San Antonio Texas, pioneered the Integrated Standards Prep™ approach in its quality education solutions that build core knowledge, are fully-aligned to state standards and work to ensure students complete tests with confidence. ECS Learning Systems announced the acquisition of PREPWORKS in May 2018. The company also implemented the STAAR MASTER® Score Guarantee in January 2019 for grades 3 through 8 for reading and math using both the STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books and Practice Tests to ensure Texas teachers and schools see STAAR performance improvements year over year.

Founded in 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep company that helps over half a million students annually with STAAR MASTER®, TEST SMART®, NOVEL UNITS®, and PREPWORKS®. Building on its strong presence in Texas with STAAR MASTER, the Company operates a line of Learning Centers under the TEST SMART brand and literature guides under the NOVEL UNITS brand.

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