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by Pearson On 02/04/2013

Miami Dade Public Schools Among First to Adopt iLit, New Core Reading Program for Struggling Readers on iPadORLANDO – Jan. 30, 2013 – Taking a bold step toward closing this country's adolescent literacy gap, Pearson today launched iLit, its new core reading program for struggling readers. Featured at FETC 2013, iLit is the first and only complete instructional solution built and delivered on iPad, offering each student personalized learning support based on their own instructional needs, engaging interactivities, and built-in reward systems that motivate students and track their progress.



by Pearson On 01/16/2013

Reading Maturity Metric 30 Percent More Accurate Than Previous FormulasBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 16, 2013 – As teachers around the country implement the new Common Core State Standards, WriteToLearn from Pearson provides an even more powerful tool for preparing college- and career-ready readers and writers. WriteToLearn now includes Pearson’s text complexity measure, the Reading Maturity Metric (RMM), offering 30 percent improvement over previous readability formulas. RMM has been added to the nearly 1,000 informational reading passages, along with Common Core State Standards’ text complexity grade bands. This additional information is now available to teachers to help them select the most appropriate readings for their students using Common Core criteria.



by Pearson On 01/24/2013

“Statistically Significant” Gains Recognized in Program Solving, Understanding of Mathematics Concepts and Communications January 24, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse has issued a report validating research that Pearson’s enVisionMATH elementary school curriculum increases student achievement above and beyond other K-6 math programs.



by Learning.com On 01/23/2013

SAS Curriculum Pathways is the newest product to join the growing digital content library at Learning.com, the celebrated source for connecting educators and students to the right digital content. SAS Curriculum Pathways online curriculum resources have been proven to increase student learning and teacher effectiveness by targeting higher-order thinking skills. The learner-centered approach integrates varied instructional strategies and incorporates formative and summative assessments. More than 1,100 interactive Web-based curriculum resources include English language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish for educators and students in grades 6-12.



by SIIA On 01/24/2013

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is now accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator Program. All education technology companies are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established innovators. A panel of industry professional judges will then select 10 participants and one alternate to present their products during the 10th SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco, May 5-7, 2013. The deadline to apply for the Innovation Incubator Program is March 8, 2013.



by Pearson On 01/24/2013

Public/Private Alliance Targets Increasing Student Achievement with Research-based Training for Principals and School LeadersNew York, NY, January 24, 2013 - New Leaders, the non-profit organization whose mission is to develop school leaders and promote system-wide conditions for student success, is partnering with the education services and technology company Pearson to accelerate access to best-in-class, research-based training opportunities for the nation’s principals and school leaders.



by PES On 01/24/2013

ProExam Digital Micro-Credential Solution Adds Assessment, Secure Verification to “Badges”NEW YORK – Jan. 24, 2013 – Professional Examination Service, the most experienced organization in professional licensure and certification services, today introduced the credentialing industry’s first comprehensive system to create, deliver and display digital “badges,” the ProExam Digital Micro-Credential solution. The new service is being shown for the first time at the Association of Test Publishers’ annual Innovations in Testing Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 3-6, 2013.



by Pearson On 02/04/2013

Highly Rigorous "Forward" Program, Developed in Partnership With Montgomery County Public Schools, Reinvents Teaching and LearningORLANDO. – Jan. 30, 2013 – At FETC 2013 today, Pearson announced Forward, the new K-5 instructional system of services, tools and curriculum designed to transform the way that teaching and learning happens. Developed through a public-private partnership between Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Pearson, Forward integrates instruction across reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, focusing on the rigors of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), with a strong emphasis on critical thinking, creativity and academic success skills. Based on the concepts of MCPS' highly rigorous program, Curriculum 2.0, Forward integrates the content areas in a way that will save teachers valuable planning time and encourages compelling and engaging teaching.



by Pearson On 02/04/2013

New aimsweb, Available in Fall 2013 Features State-of-the-Art Student InterfaceORLANDO -- Jan. 30, 2013 – Improving student performance to ensure that all students graduate prepared for success in college and career is mission critical for today's schools. Today at FETC 2013, Pearson announced the new aimsweb, the next generation of the powerful system that integrates assessment, data management and reporting and provides decision-making tools for achieving this important goal. Available fall 2013, the new aimsweb is student-centric, intuitive, data-driven and dynamic.



by Pearson On 02/04/2013

Pearson Showcases Array of Digital Curriculum, Platforms, Systems and Tools for Teaching and LearningORLANDO – January 30, 2013 – The first complete student curriculum for the iPad, a cloud-based learning environment, a new instructional system, Next Generation assessment tools -- these are among the innovative ed-tech solutions that the education technology and services company Pearson is showcasing this week at FETC 2013 in Orlando.



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