Colorado approves Pearson to turn around underperforming schools

Pearson K-12 solutions recommended for all five improvement areas

New York, NY, January 22, 2010 — Today, the state of Colorado announced the selection of Pearson K-12 Solutions as a comprehensive school improvement partner to turn around its underperforming schools.

Dwight Jones, Colorado’s Commissioner of Education, said “Pearson K-12 Solutions has qualified in all five categories for school turnaround identified by the state: Academics, Learning Environment, Operations, Leadership, and Planning. Colorado recognizes Pearson’s strength in providing school solutions and its commitment to transforming education.”

A division of Pearson, the world’s leading education services and technology company, Pearson K-12 Solutions engages in multi-year state and district partnerships to foster school improvement, create innovative new models and custom solutions, and to help turn around failing schools.

Scott Drossos, President of Pearson’s K-12 Solutions said, “Our research based School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) model helps schools make fundamental changes and sustain improvements for the long term.” He added, “We have the opportunity to draw from Pearson’s vast research based and proven resources — including curriculum, assessment, technology, and teacher professional development products and services — to create a customized, coherent improvement plan for Colorado’s schools.”

Pearson’s model includes a combination of core elements that have helped improve low-performing schools for years, including Pearson’s Learning Team’s model, now in 220 schools, which has consistently demonstrated gains in student achievement as well as improvements in school culture and distributed leadership.

Drossos said that Pearson’s K-12 Solutions School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) includes nine change elements and differs from other school improvement efforts in both design and implementation:

  1. Improving the Conditions for Teaching & Learning
  2. Developing Instructional Leadership
  3. Embedded Achievement Support
  4. Effective Collaboration and Teamwork
  5. Focus on Curriculum and Curriculum Tools
  6. Improving School Culture
  7. Knowledge-Driven Decision Making
  8. Effective Use of Technology
  9. Diagnostic, Planning & Evaluation

Drossos said, “In Colorado, we will employ all of the resources of Pearson to build a unified vision of quality instruction and a culture of continuous improvement involving joint planning, monitoring and evaluation, decision-making and mutual accountability.”

Drossos said that Pearson is making unprecedented levels of investment in new models for education and that the company is committed to providing a broad spectrum of solutions and services to schools to ensure that their teachers and students are successful.

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