Pearson School Systems acquires altonaEd

Expands Leadership Position in Student Information with PremiereWeb-based Solution

Pearson School Systems (PSS), the leader in student information and digitalresources for preK-12 education, today announced the acquisition of altonaEd,creators of the School Information & Performance System (SiPs), a nextgeneration of student information technology.  Terms of the acquisitionwere not disclosed.

The acquisition supports Pearson Education's strategy to enable educators touse student information to assess students, diagnose achievement gaps andprescribe instructional strategies to close those gaps at the district, school,classroom and student levels.  Further, the addition of the Web-based SiPSfirmly positions Pearson School Systems as the leader in student informationsystems with the most powerful and flexible student information solutions forthe preK-12 marketplace.

"We are excited to offer this new technology to educators who are committedto leveraging student data to improve student performance.  SiPs representsthe future of student information systems with its Web-based, scalable,multi-platform design.  Combined with new investments planned for ourcurrent SASIxp and CIMS student information systems we will offer the greatestdegree of choice in meeting the student information needs of K-12 schooldistricts," said Mike Evans, president of Pearson School Systems.

SiPs' fully web-based technology is a powerful administrative toolintegrating all aspects of student management.  A centralized databaseprovides administrators, teachers and parents with instant access to currentattendance, grading and discipline information, while providing informationtechnology directors with a state-of-the-art enterprise application.  SiPs'relational database design offers broad scalability, and its web-based accessprovides secure entry anytime-anywhere from any PC or Machintosh with a standardWeb browser. Advanced scheduling technologies reduce manual efforts toperform student course placements.

"This merging of capabilities is great news for educators," said RobertDarby, president of altonaEd.  "SiPS fits beautifully with Pearson'sstrategy to capture and utilize comprehensive student information to efficientlydrive individualized instruction. Educators will be better positioned topromote student achievement through the use of a powerful, comprehensive systemthat allows for integrated student information, instructional management, assessment and decision support."

About Pearson School Systems

Focusing exclusively on enterprise solutions for K-12 school districts,Pearson School Systems (PSS) is dedicated to helping educators improve studentperformance by combining the power of assessment, reporting and studentinformation solutions.  Its innovative, digital solutions include widelyacclaimed SASIxp?; CIMS® comprehensive finance, human resources, and studentinformation system; and Concert? Solution Suite. Pearson School Systems'products are used by more than 16,000 schools nationwide.

Pearson School Systems is part of Pearson Education (NYSE: PSO), the world'sleading integrated education company.

EDITORS NOTE: Pearson School Systems is a new business unit ofPearson Education created to focus specifically on the administrative and enterprise system needs of K-12 school districts. Click here for the press release announcing the formation of the new PSSunit.