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Media Advisory: UAlbany Launches New Statewide Assessment Tool for Elementary and Middle Schools

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 14, 2005)

What: Supported by the University at Albany, the State University of New York, The Business Council of New York, IBM, State Farm Insurance, and AT&T, a new statewide, Web-based educational system will offer accurate, easy-to-understand student assessment and "best practices" data from all elementary and middle schools in the state.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


  • Kermit L. Hall, President, University at Albany

  • James A. Kadamus, Deputy Commissioner, New York State Education Department

  • John R. Ryan, Interim Chancellor, State University of New York

  • Edward Reinfurt, Vice President, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

  • Terry Kelley, Board Chairman, National Center for Educational Accountability

  • Susan D. Phillips, Dean, School of Education, University at Albany

  • Students of Ulysses Byas and Mannsville Manner elementary schools

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