Interactive Tools for Successful Learning
Optimum by Photonics Graphics offers educational software in Ohio History and state assessment test preparation. The state assessment or proficiency test CD-ROMs, available in customized versions for Ohio, Illinois and New Jersey, help students prepare by providing interactive practice tests and questions in subject areas aligned with State Department of Education guidelines.
The Optimum software family includes:
Optimum for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) – NEW!
This single CD-ROM contains sample tests in writing, reading, math, social studies and science.
Optimum for Elementary Math
This single CD-ROM covers Elementary Math for grades 3, 4 & 5 and follows the NCTM guidelines. Standards include Number & Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra & Patterns and Data Analysis & Probability.
Optimum for Ohio History
This single CD-ROM covers Ohio History from the Prehistoric to the Industrial Era. An additional section offers information on the eight Ohioans who became President, as well as special state symbols.
Optimum for Ohio Ohio Proficiency Tests
Each CD-ROM contains sample tests in reading, writing, math, citizenship and science. Separate CD-ROMs are available for 4th, 6th and 9th grades.
Optimum for Illinois Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
This single CD-ROM contains sample tests in third and fifth grade reading, writing and math, and fourth grade science, social science, physical development/health and fine arts.
Optimum for New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK)
The combination fourth and fifth grade CD-ROM covers language arts literacy, math, science and social studies.
Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA)
The eighth grade version also covers language arts literacy, math, science and social studies.
Christie Brown, co-owner of Photonics Graphics, a multi-media design studio specializing in educational software, graphic design, multimedia and Web site development, created Optimum in 1996 when her son was preparing for Ohio's new 4th grade proficiency test. Brown recognized the need for state-specific educational software because each state's standards and assessment tests are so unique.
Brown worked with 4th grade Ohio teachers to develop the first Optimum CD-ROM that debuted in 1997 as a practice tool for the Ohio Proficiency Test. To date thousands of Ohio schools, parents and teachers have used Optimum and based on this positive response, Illinois and New Jersey versions were added in 2001. Optimum for Ohio History, was released in January 2003, Optimum for Elementary Math was released in February 2004 and Optimum for OGT was released in late Fall 2004.
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