Software success

10th November 1995 at 00:00
As the supplier of the SuccessMaker ILS software referred to in Angela McFarlane's article "Dockland developers" (TES, October 27), I found one of her comments about the project's publicity material disturbing.

In the independent evaluation of ILS software which Angela refers to, it is true, as she says, that SuccessMaker was the only ILS product to show learning gains, "20 months' gains in maths" in six months. No other software showed learning gains in that evaluation. It would be extraordinary therefore if the Docklands project, which is not currently using the SuccessMaker software, should attribute these learning gains to anyone else's product in its publicity material. It is not "ILS" which delivers learning gains, but SuccessMaker.

Barry Taylor

Sales and marketing manager RM Learning Systems Abingdon Oxfordshire

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