Scantron and Chancery Partnership will Integrate Web-based Assessment with Award-winning Student Information System

IRVINE, Calif. and SEATTLE, May 24, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Scantron and Chancery announced today that they will integrate their respective test management and Student Information Systems (SIS) into a single user platform that will give schools a unified system to manage student data, gradebooks, and assessment. The integrated product launches Chancery's vision of a Total Enterprise Solution (TES), with the SIS as the core application to interlink assessment, curriculum, special needs, health, food services, and transportation.

Chancery will integrate Scantron's Achievement Series(tm) (, a Web-based test management engine, into their student management solutions, including Win School(r), Mac School(r), and Chancery SMS(r) ( With Scantron's test engine integrated into each product platform, Chancery will now offer school districts a comprehensive technology platform to help them more effectively meet state and federal requirements with regard to student performance and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Districts will realize greater time saving because their student data will be immediately aligned to assessment results, enabling them to provide more accurate demographic data for federal reporting, student performance, and AYP requirements. In addition, districts will now be able to quickly identify student performance weaknesses against state and federal standards and use this information to develop tests that will help them better understand and predict student performance on state and federally mandated tests. With the wealth of information that will now be available, schools will have an immediate feedback loop between testing and analysis of results and will be able to make faster and more effective educational decisions.

"The combination of Scantron's assessment tools with Chancery's SIS products will bring a powerful resource to schools," said Tim Loomer, president of Scantron's Testing and Assessment Division. "We are pleased to have this partnership with Chancery and look forward to seeing the success of this integrated solution."

"In order to meet our customer's need, we are focusing on our core strengths: developing superior Student Information Systems, and forming strong, strategic partnerships with companies that produce best of breed applications," said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of Chancery. "This partnership with Scantron is the first step in our overall development of a Total Enterprise Solution, which will move districts from basic data collection to a more sophisticated level of student assessment."

Scantron and Chancery are long-established leaders in the education technology industry. For three decades, Scantron has provided testing and assessment tools to schools throughout the country. Chancery has been serving districts and schools throughout North America for over 20 years.

Chancery's award-winning Win School and Mac School SIS provide educators with the power, flexibility and control needed for site-based management, as well as automate repetitive daily tasks performed by administrators. Chancery SMS -- recent winner of Technology & Learning Magazine's Legacy Award -- is the leading Web-based SIS for the K-12 education market, supporting implementations at every level including state, district, school, classroom and home. Achievement Series is a Web-based testing engine designed to help educators develop and deploy tests, capture results and manage the vital information needed to make data-driven decisions and help guide instruction in the classroom. Achievement Series aligns any content or resources a district chooses with established state standards and enables educators to deliver, score and manage test data from both online and paper-based test administration.

About Scantron Corporation

Scantron Corporation ( is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based John H. Harland Company (NYSE:JH). Scantron is a leading provider of software services and systems for the collection, management and interpretation of data to the educational, financial and commercial markets. The company has approximately 600 employees worldwide and annual revenues exceeding $110 million.

About Harland

Atlanta-based John H. Harland Company (NYSE:JH) ( is a leading provider of software and printed products to the financial and educational markets. Harland Financial Solutions, Inc. (, a wholly owned subsidiary, supplies software and services, including customer relationship management, deposit and loan origination, core systems and mortgage services, to thousands of financial institutions of all sizes. Harland's printed products offerings include checks, direct marketing and financial forms.

About Chancery

Chancery Software ( is the leading provider of Student Information Systems for K-12 schools, districts, classrooms, and homes. Chancery solutions offer accurate real-time information on more than thirteen million students to one million educators every day. Built to address the challenges faced by today's districts, Chancery Student Management Solutions are uniquely aligned to meet the accountability and reporting requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. With 20 years of industry firsts and 18,000 installations customized to meet the needs and budgets of diverse schools and districts throughout North America, Chancery is the educational community's most trusted and proven partner.

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