Pearson Education acquires Scholar INC., powerful web-based data management solution for K-12 U.S. education

Upper Saddle River, NJ - Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher (NYSE: PSO), has acquired Scholar Inc., which provides comprehensive data management tools and solutions designed specifically for the U.S. K-12 education market. The company's Scholar Suite web-based data management system allows schools, district and state administrators to work with student performance results from over 140 different tests, in compliance with federal mandates established by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.

NCLB has created a need for the processing of large amounts of data from a variety of sources, and the application of that data to make informed decisions and meet progress objectives. This acquisition increases Pearson Education's offering of powerful decision support tools. Scholar Suite possesses dynamic analytical capabilities that can combine and break down scores based on the parameters defined in NCLB for reporting adequate yearly progress.

Scholar Suite is an easy-to-use, web-based tool. School and district administrators have the ability to measure student improvement by a number of measures, including race and ethnic groups, special education status and English proficiency. Scholar Suite provides these reports at the state, district, school, classroom, and individual levels and across many different types of tests.

"NCLB requires that educators have access to data in order to improve instruction while demonstrating compliance with the legislation," said Steven Dowling, Executive Vice President, Pearson Education. "Scholar Suite provides us with a state-of-the-art tool that will help unleash the value of students', schools' and districts' information and help teachers, parents, students, principals and other administrators meet the educational goals they've set."

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing. With brands such as Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Digital Learning, and Pearson Educational Measurement, and products like Concert Instruction & Assessment, SASIxp, eMeasurement, DRA Online, Math Online Intervention, SuccessNET/interactive textbooks, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond.

Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

About Scholar Inc.

Scholar Inc. provides comprehensive web-based data management solutions for education that enable schools to assess student achievement, focus on results, and extend the scope of education beyond the brick and mortar walls of educational institutions.

Further information

Rod Granger
Pearson Education
212-782-3486
rod.granger@pearsoned.com