Berks Business Education Coalition, Berks County IU, & Performance Pathways Announce Partnership

Visionary partnership aimed at improving student learning includes Boyertown, Oley Valley, and Wyomissing school districts, expansion likely.

Mechanicsburg, PA, February 14, 2009 --( Performance Pathways, the Berks Business Education Coalition, Berks County Intermediate Unit and member schools Boyertown Area, Oley Valley, and Wyomissing Area, recently entered into a partnership designed to improving student learning.

Through the partnership, Performance Pathways (, named one of PA's top emerging businesses in 2008, will provide professional development services showcasing the best practices for using curriculum and assessment data to improve student learning.

“Performance Pathways has provided an excellent strategy to provide educators with the tools and expertise to make informed decisions about instructional modifications that are necessary to continuously improve student achievement,” said BBEC Executive Director Robert Runkle.

In addition to providing funding for the project, the BBEC ( played a substantial role in the planning and implementation process.

This partnership (including a business, a foundation, an Intermediate Unit, and school districts) is the first of its kind for Performance Pathways. Vice President of Professional Services, Dr. Bena Kallick, said she hopes it will be a model for such partnerships as Performance Pathways works towards improving student learning.

"The collaboration among districts will provide a rich opportunity to share best practices. We will be using our well-designed, Web-based tools for communication as well as data retreats during which, the districts will use data to inform their decisions,” Kallick said.

Kallick, with Performance Pathways President CEO, Jeff Colosimo, is co-author of “Using Curriculum & Assessment Data to Improve Learning” (Corwin 2008). The professional development training will be based on the theories and practices described in this book.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) also plays a crucial role in the partnership by providing support to member schools using staff trained by Performance Pathways.

Dr. Bonnie Troxell, Division Administrator for Curriculum, Staff Development and Related Services at the BCIU, said the partnership brings together key educational components for improving student learning.

“The business partnership's financial support along with the expertise of Bena Kallick and the Performance Pathways training team has opened doors for the school districts of Berks County to develop data-informed cultures in their schools in a timely and personalized manner,” she said.

Five more Berks County districts are in the beginning stages of entering the partnership as well. Kallick said she expects a needs analysis to be performed with those schools during this school year.

About Performance Pathways, Inc.
Performance Pathways, Inc. ( is a leading developer and provider of curriculum and assessment solutions for the PreK-12 environment. The Performance Pathways product suite offers three seamlessly integrated applications designed to provide teachers and administrators the data they need to make informed, timely decisions regarding student instruction.

This unique and powerful suite of products includes Performance Tracker, Assessment Builder, and TechPaths, each featuring cutting-edge technology combined with a user-friendly interface. These applications are helping over 700 districts in 47 states (including statewide initiatives in New Hampshire and South Dakota) build a data-driven culture where curriculum and assessment data help educators revise and enhance curriculum based on student needs.

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Matt Berringer