Innovative Regents Test Scoring Tool Sees
Outstanding Growth in NY School Districts
LYNBROOK, NEW YORK, March 20, 2012 – In the year since the New York State Board of Regents issued a mandate that all student Regents answer sheets be scanned, recorded and maintained electronically, Optimum Solutions Corporation’s (OSC) Regents Scanning Solution (RSS) has seen extraordinary growth in the number of New York State schools utilizing the scoring tool.
Based on the same technology and concepts as the company’s advanced market research and business software for data capture, OSC’s innovative RSS software is an integral part of the company’s EASE™ suite of tools that specifically address the needs of educational testing.
Last year, OSC’s RSS won high marks from a number of New York State Regional Information Centers, including those located in the Mid and Lower Hudson counties, Albany, Broome/Tioga counties, as well as Nassau and Suffolk county. These centers and their participating school districts relied on the solution for scoring the June and August 2011 Regents exams, and the recently completed January 2012 exams. Based on feedback from participants, the solution’s benefits were enormous, providing unprecedented speed and accuracy in the scoring process. It was reported that scores were provided back to the district sometimes in as little as one hour. Since then, OSC’s solution has been steadily making its way into an increasing number of school districts.
Jeffrey Schneider, EVP Research & Development at OSC, explains, “The Regents Scanning Solution offers schools many advantages over hand scoring. For instance, RSS eliminates human error and the time-consuming and tedious task of calculating raw and final scores. With our RSS tool, with quality control of the capture process built in, results are accurate. Not only that, the solution is customizable and fast. In the end, this all results in huge cost savings while meeting the new state scanning requirements.”
OSC’s RSS offers several advantages over hand scoring and other software scoring options. For example, RSS eliminates the high percentage of human errors associated with hand scoring, the upfront cost is minimal and OSC guarantees a fast turn-around, so the time and staff required to complete scoring at the district level is minimal. All of this results in an extremely cost-effective solution.
With RSS, there is no need to purchase pricey, cumbersome software programs designed to read and decipher students’ marks. Personnel do not have to be trained to learn and implement programs. Instead, OSC processes the images scanned by the school districts, captures the intended marks, reviews and verifies multiple responses and disseminates the raw data to be tabulated and scored. All marks are automatically detected, and any questions with multiple answers are ferreted out and evaluated by two operators.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in the amount of schools using our RSS,” says Michael Kerr, President, OSC. “With that kind of growth, we are understandably excited about the success of our scoring solution and how it is addressing the needs of educators. We are equally as enthusiastic about how it can continue to be an invaluable tool for instructors, school administrators and supervisors. We’ve created a solution that is fast, fair, reliable, easy to implement, customizable and cost-efficient and we are committed to continuing to develop solutions for the education market and further build solid relationships with a growing number of schools.”
About Optimum Solutions Corporation
Founded in 1990, and headquartered in Lynbrook, New York, Optimum Solutions Corporation (www.oscworld.com) is an industry leading manufacturer and marketer of the world’s most advanced automated scanning and data capture systems for both corporate and educational market applications. The company’s clients include leading K-12 school districts, BOCES and RICs in New York State as well as the United States Census Bureau for the 2010 Census, Kantar Media, Experian, Synovate, Young & Rubicam, Maritz Research, Scarborough Research, the Gallup Organization, and other leading Fortune 100 and multi-national corporations.