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Konica Minolta Offers K-12 Schools Complete Solution for Managing Student Test Data

3 May, 2012

Ramsey, NJ – April 30, 2012 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today launched integration with Performance Matters, a web-based solution that provides an integrated platform for student assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness as part the Konica Minolta EnvisionIT Education Suite. The Performance Matters cloud-based assessment and data management platform fully integrates with the control panel on Konica Minolta bizhub multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax and scan all in one system) allowing for easy printing, scanning and grading of student exams. 
“School districts spend large amounts of time and money on student testing with a significant portion of their budget dedicated to purchasing pre-printed bubble sheets,” said Sam Errigo, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “Educators can count on Konica Minolta to provide innovative solutions to help eliminate these costly and inefficient testing practices. By combining Performance Matters software with the bizhub MFP, schools can print pre-populated or blank bubble sheets using standard paper, a significant cost savings, and then scan in tests to see student, classroom or school performance results immediately.”
Using the Konica Minolta and Performance Matters solution, teachers or administrators can download test data from Cloud-based servers for printout at centrally located bizhub devices and scan in the test when they are complete. Performance Matters scores and grades the student assessments scanned on the bizhub and combines the results with all other relevant student data into color coded reports and dashboards. Teachers and administrators have continuous access to student performance data in real time to assess student learning and to make the best possible instructional decisions based upon student needs.
“We are excited to be partnering with Konica Minolta to help K-12 schools make the transition from labor-intensive testing and grading processes to fast, integrated data management procedures that facilitate improvements and reforms,” said Amy Williamson, Vice President of Business Development, Performance Matters. “The ability to seamlessly integrate with the bizhub to print and scan tests means that teachers can spend more time in the classroom and schools districts can reduce costs while meeting rising educational standards and expectations.”
Konica Minolta’s EnvisionIT Education Suite provides schools from K-12 to Higher Education with solutions that improve the overall learning experience for both teachers and students. The EnvisionIT Education platform integrates the most advanced education software and hardware with Konica Minolta devices.  EnvisionIT for Education delivers all the necessary professional services, support and training so educators can enhance productivity while maximizing the power of technology to improve workflow efficiencies. 
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced document management technologies and Managed IT Services for the desktop to the print shop. For the fifth consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys.  BLI has named Konica Minolta 2012 “Document Imaging Solutions Line of the Year” and “A3 MFP Line of the Year” award winner for the company’s solution portfolio and award-winning line of bizhub Multifunctional Products.  For more information, please visit www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook (@Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A), YouTube (@KonicaMinoltaUS), and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaUS).
About Performance Matters
Performance Matters helps K-12 school systems improve student learning by providing comprehensive, integrated solutions for assessment, data management, and teacher effectiveness.  Based in Winter Park, Florida, Performance Matters' solutions are used by school districts around the country.  For more information, visit www.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.

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