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Measured Progress Hires Award-Winning Educator (2001)

Dover, NH – Stuart Kahl, president of Measured Progress, announces the addition of Sharon McCoy Bell as assistant vice president, Information Technology.  Measured Progress, with national headquarters in Dover, New Hampshire, is a leader in education testing and assessment, offering a wide range of products and services designed to effectively measure and evaluate student learning at various grade and development levels.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms. McCoy Bell to Measured Progress,” says Stuart Kahl.  “With the ever-growing role of information technology in the testing industry, she will help ensure that Measured Progress remains on the cutting edge of educational testing and assessment.”

Ms. McCoy Bell advocates equal educational opportunities for all children. "We must make sure that no child is left behind," says Ms. McCoy Bell. Her new position at Measured Progress utilizes her extensive experience in working for and with children, and in constructing high-stakes testing. "Using technological innovations to produce efficient test systems will allow Measured Progress to play an even more important role in the field of test development," she states.

Ms. McCoy Bell won the 1993 Computerworld/Smithsonian Information Technology Leadership Award for Education, along with Ted Turner, Bill Gates and Gordon Moore, as well as the McMillan/McGraw Hill Educational Technology Special Recognition Award.

Most recently, as CIO of New Orleans Public Schools, Ms. McCoy Bell and her team raised $43 million in grants to provide all schools in the district with high-speed, state-of-the-art Internet access, and intensive teacher and staff training. She also directed the implementation of the award-winning Quest series — a first for urban schools.

She holds a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and is a member of numerous technology advisory committees for the Louisiana State Department of Education addressing technology issues and initiatives.  Ms. McCoy Bell is an integral member of the National Science Foundation, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and other educational grant review committees.  She is a contributing editor for HomePC magazine.