Achievement First Contracts Acsys to Build Complex Educational Software

MAR 16, 2007

Acsys, Inc. has been contracted by Achievement First to develop and build a complex grading and reporting system. This program will be implemented in all of Achievement First's existing 10 schools, as well as the additional 2 schools set to open within the year. Achievement First is a collection of college preparatory elementary and middle schools located in urban areas. These schools focus on academic superiority, and have had incredible results in upgrading the educational standard in their urban areas.
The Achievement First project will stretch the technical and creative capabilities of Acsys to a new level, demanding a higher plane of knowledge than ever before. The project will include two different applications with varied functionality. A scanning application, called ScanTest, was developed to automate the grading of tests, reducing work for teachers and administrators. ScanTest "reads" the answers off of each students test, processes the information, then sends it to the Acsys servers for processing. It is from this information that the remainder of the Achievement First application is based.
In addition to the innovative ScanTest application, Acsys also redesigned the branding of Achievement First and incorporated it into their new administrator portal. This new portion of the Achievement First site contains a customized reporting tool that provides metrics on district, school, grade, and individual student progress. It is this information that Achievement First uses to set its standards for future lesson plans and class initiatives. The program also allows teachers and administrators to establish study groups, create customized tests, and keep record of all requirements necessary to achieve their goals.
The new system designed by Acsys will streamline the entire testing, grading, and teaching process for all of Achievement First. The decrease in grading time allows teachers more time to prepare for classes, and keeps the focus on the students and their individual progress.
Doug McCurry, Superintendent of Achievement First, is very excited about the new system. "The scanning and grading program that Acsys has created for us is completely in line with the Achievement First initiative. With this new system, we can now quickly and accurately track student progress, and accomplish our goal of academic excellence."
The new program is set to launch before the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.

About Acsys Interactive

Acsys, Inc. ( is an award-winning, full-service interactive agency providing strategy, branding, design, eMarketing, software development, and hosting services with an emphasis on client results. Acsys takes a technology agnostic approach with expertise in Web 2.0, rich media, intranet, extranet, ecommerce, portal and mobile delivery. Its 10+ years of experience span across the consumer, financial services, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, education, and non-profit industries. Clients include Amica, Timex, ING, Prudential, Fujifilm, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Sikorsky, and NYU. Acsys is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut with offices in New York.