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Alternative Teacher Certification Programs Rely on Ordinate's SET Tests

Alternative Teacher Certification Programs Rely on Ordinate's SET Tests

Programs measure candidate English abilities before acceptance

Ordinate Corporation, the leading provider of automated language assessments, announces the adoption of SET tests by two alternative teacher certification programs in Texas: Dallas Independent School District and the Region IV Education Service Center in Houston. Both programs use the SET tests to screen the English speaking and listening capabilities of candidates for alternative teacher certification.

SET tests are fully-automated assessments of English speaking and listening skills. Administered over the telephone and scored by computer, the SET tests offer alternative certification programs a quick, reliable method to measure candidates' spoken English capabilities, and ensure that their English proficiency is sufficient for classroom teaching. Candidates who enter these alternative route programs are provided with training and teaching internships and may then be recommended to the state for teacher certification.

At the Region IV Education Service Center in Houston, candidates who did not earn a college degree in the United States or at an English speaking institution can provide proof of English proficiency by taking Ordinate's SET-10. Because the ten minute test is administered over the telephone, candidates can take it at any time from any testing location with a standard telephone.

"The SET-10 has provided Region IV with a level of convenience that we haven't experienced with other English tests," said Kathleen Bowen, Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Certification at Region IV Education Service Center. "And because the SET-10 is designed for speaking, it helps us gauge how well our candidates will be able to communicate with their students in the classroom."

About Region IV Education Service Center

Region IV Education Service Center is the largest of 20 state service centers established by the Texas Legislature in 1967 to provide school districts with professional development training and technical assistance that support statewide goals for school improvement. For more information, please visit http://www.esc4.net.

About the Dallas Independent School District (DISD)

The DISD is the 12th largest school district in the nation. The DISD mission is to prepare all students to graduate with the knowledge and skills to become productive and responsible citizens. The DISD's commitment to student success and a progressive learning environment is reflected in a challenging core curriculum and special programs, such as career education, character education, Advanced Placement, talented and gifted, science and engineering, fine arts, and multilingual and multicultural enrichment. For more information, visit http://www.dallasisd.org.

About Ordinate Corporation

Ordinate Corporation, a privately held company, was founded in 1996 to develop advanced language testing systems based on new techniques for using speech recognition to score spoken language proficiency. Ordinate combines recognition of spoken utterances with analysis of the manner of speaking to determine language proficiency and other speaker characteristics. Ordinate's augmented speech recognition technology, PhonePass®, sets a new standard in speed, accuracy, cost and convenience. For more information on Ordinate, please see Ordinate's website at www.versanttest.com.

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