Miami-Dade County School District Partners with myON

District is Transforming Learning through Personalized Approach to Literacy

MINNEAPOLIS – December 15, 2014 –Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the United States, is implementing myON in all 250 of the district’s K-8 schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Over 259,000 students will benefit from access to the personalized literacy program, which supports the district’s vision of improving literacy outcomes for all students through effective integration of technology into the curriculum.


District leaders pointed to outcomes from a successful 20-day summer school pilot in 2013 as the rationale for their selection of myON to help meet their goals for transforming teaching and learning. During the pilot over 3,800 participating students in grades 2 and 3 at the time experienced an average Lexile® reading growth of 11% as measured by embedded Lexile® assessments. Equally important, according to the district, students browsed over 320,000 digital books and read an additional 180,000 to completion.


With the pilot exceeding expectations, the district chose to incorporate myON into their Jumpstart CONNECT@HOME program, which provides a computer device and free Internet access for all students in grades 3-5 at 11 targeted elementary schools. Early data is showing positive results. During the first four-weeks of the rollout 140,000 students read over 48,000 books. After five short weeks, third graders across the district saw an average Lexile® growth of 9%.


“Providing our students with access to thousands of books to support their reading growth and overall learning is paramount for our district,” said Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “And the real-time, actionable data on student reading activity and growth makes it possible for our teachers and administrators to collaborate with each other, helping ensure success for every student.”


Through this district-wide K-8 implementation, students have unlimited access to myON, which includes more than 5,000 enhanced digital books with multi-media supports. Embedded Lexile® assessments measure and predict student reading growth.


The system provides students with their choice of books within guidelines managed by the school or district. Each student also receives, on their personalized myON dashboard, a recommended list of books that meet their unique interests and which are written at the target Lexile® reading level to support reading growth.


“It has been extremely exciting for our team to support the transformational programs underway in Miami-Dade Public Schools,” said Todd Brekhus, myON president. “Their forward-thinking leadership has put students first with a host of innovative approaches that truly leverage technology to support access for all students. We are delighted that they have chosen to partner with myON and we look forward to helping them meet their literacy goals for all students.”


For more information on myON’s award-winning digital literacy platform, please visit them online at


About Miami-Dade County Public School District

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries. For more information, please visit



About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.


Mankato Area Public Schools receive donation of certified MacBooks from Mac to School

California-based EdTech Company supports family literacy learning

MANKATO, Minn. (Dec. 11, 2014) – To support adult family literacy and student learning in the district, Mac to School has donated 15 certified MacBooks to Mankato Area Public Schools.


Mac to School’s generous donation – estimated at $10,000 – increases the ability for students to have technology to learn at home.


Mac to School, a leading provider of K-12 certified Apple technology, selected Mankato Area Public Schools for the donation through its national Give Mac program. The company evaluates candidates for donations based on their financial need and their intended purpose for the technology.  


“When we heard Mac to School had selected Mankato Area Public Schools, we were pleased because access to technology enables parents to help their children learn,” said Audra Nissen Boyer, the district’s director of community education. “It’s rare to receive such a generous vendor donation and we’re grateful because it helps families who otherwise could not afford a computer of their own.”

Families who receive the computers will support their learning in family literacy.  Specifically, they will learn how to utilize the district’s web-based book series—supported through a local partnership with Capstone Publishing.  Parents will ultimately meet a goal of being able to read books to their children.


“In a 21st-century learning environment, we know how important it is for students to have access to technology,” said Robert Baker, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Mac to School. “It’s truly an honor to partner with Mankato Area Public Schools to put MacBooks in the hands of their new arrivals.”


For more information about Mac to School and the Give Mac program, visit


About Mac to School

Mac to School buys, sells and certifies all types of Apple computers and equipment. We serve the public and private education market, working with small schools up to large districts throughout all 50 states. Our mission is to deliver the best value to our customers while providing the highest level of customer service. Our team of Apple Certified Technicians employs customized tools to generate detailed audits and provide quality refurbishment.



Performance Matters Partners with Key Data Systems to Deliver Common Core Items and Assessments Through Unify

December 15, 2014 10:28 AM Eastern Standard Time

WINTER PARK, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With high-quality assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers can continuously use evidence of learning to adapt and adjust their instruction. To provide the timely data teachers need to move all learners forward,Performance Matters™ is partnering with Key Data Systems (KDS) to offer new Common Core items and assessments as part of the Unify™ next generation assessment platform. Unify is the first social platform designed for educators anywhere to collaboratively develop, administer, and share assessments aligned to all standards, including the Common Core, state, and course-specific standards.

“Performance Matters helps complete Key Data Systems’ vision of having a conclusive impact on student learning”

Through this partnership, Performance Matters customers can now subscribe to the KDS INSPECT® Assessment Solution, which includes an innovative formative assessment item bank and a suite of over 200 pre-built assessments, including interim and end-of-year assessments. In addition to traditional item types, the INSPECT Item Bank includes the most comprehensive collection of technology-enhanced items available in the market, designed to emulate those administered on end-of-year high-stakes exams.

“Our partnership with Key Data Systems allows us to offer our customers an affordable solution for high-quality assessment items, written specifically for and aligned to the CCSS and other high-rigor state standards,” said Woody Dillaha, CEO and co-founder of Performance Matters. “Using the INSPECT Assessment Solution with Unify, teachers can get easy access to the items they need to prepare students for online, high-stakes assessments, as well as real-time data to make decisions about how to best improve classroom instruction and student achievement.”

The INSPECT formative assessment item bank, which is now offered through the Unify platform, has more than 32,000 English language arts and math items aligned to Common Core or state academic standards, and a national bank of over 14,000 history and science items. Several hundred new items are added to the bank each month. Schools can administer the KDS assessments online or via plain paper scanning, and access comprehensive reporting and analytics as student assessments are scored.

“Performance Matters helps complete Key Data Systems’ vision of having a conclusive impact on student learning,” said Leanne Holland, CEO, Operations. “With the exemplary content of the INSPECT Item Bank provided by Key Data Systems and the technology provided by Performance Matters, teachers and administrators will have access to a complete solution geared to support them to achieve 21st century assessment expectations.”

About Performance Matters

Performance Matters is redesigning assessments as a catalyst for student success. We help educators author and administer assessments, analyze results, and then act on them in real time with our flagship product, Unify. Based in Winter Park, Fla., Performance Matters solutions are used by school districts across the country. For more information, visit or call (407) 645-1800.