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NEWS RELEASE

P.O. Box 8036 · Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8036 Phone: (715) 424-3636 · Fax: (715) 424-4242 www.renlearn.com · Email: [email protected]

RENAISSANCE LEARNING, INC. AND THINKGATE, LLC INTEGRATE OFFERINGS

June 20, 2007, Wisconsin Rapids, WI ­ Renaissance Learning, Inc., and Thinkgate, LLC today announced a joint agreement that will enable educators to utilize the Renaissance ResponderTM handheld units with TestgateTM software. The TestgateTM software enables teachers to monitor student progress, measure the curriculum's effectiveness, and differentiate instruction based upon information collected through regular formative assessments. The software tracks individual student responses and provides a detailed analysis of student progress as it relates to the curriculum standards across district, school, teacher and class groups. Educators using TestgateTM will now be able to use the Renaissance Responder as an input device for capturing student responses. A part of the interactive 2Know! Classroom Response System, the handheld Renaissance Responders use two-way radio frequency technology to help teachers know instantly whether or not students understand key concepts. The system's user-friendly toolbar allows teachers to set up questions in just seconds, and the test generator tabulates results automatically into the built-in gradebook, which saves teachers time and eliminates paperwork. "The integration of the Renaissance Responders with Thinkgate software is a terrific combination that provides educators with greater flexibility and enhanced data collection and reporting," said Steve Schmidt, Renaissance Learning President and COO. "Teachers using the tools together will enhance their ability to make data-driven decisions, and in turn, improve classroom performance." "We are very excited to have the Renaissance Responders integrated with our TestgateTM solution," said Eric Waynick, Thinkgate President and CEO. "The handheld Responders will provide an interactive, classroom-based data capture mechanism for Testgate's district level assessments and empower educators with real-time progress monitoring that is easily aggregated across the district." The new version of TestgateTM will be available in late summer 2007. ### About Renaissance Learning, Inc. Renaissance Learning, Inc. is the world's leading provider of computer-based testing technology for K-12 schools. Renaissance products provide daily formative assessment and monthly progress monitoring to enhance core curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing and math. Adopted by more than 71,000 North American schools, Renaissance Learning's scientifically research-based products provide teachers and administrators with ongoing feedback to inform instruction, make data driven decisions, motivate students, and improve test scores. Renaissance Learning has seven U.S. locations and subsidiaries in Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. About Thinkgate, LLC Thinkgate, LLC is a leading provider of technology that helps administrators and teachers manage the effectiveness of their curriculum implementation. Thinkgate's web-based education suite is an integrated set of products that evaluates individual student achievement correlated to state or local curriculum standards. Thinkgate products provide a comprehensive progress monitoring solution that allows educators to make data-informed decisions regarding curriculum management, formative assessment, grading, attendance, progress reporting, and historical analysis of student performance. For more information, visit www.thinkgate.net.

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