Top Honours in 2009 SIIA CODiE Awards go to Pearson for Handheld Reading Assessment Device

Education Publisher Collaborates With Liberty Source to Create DRA 2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition 

A small handheld electronic tool that helps teachers diagnose, assess and improve student reading skills took top honors in the Software & Information Industry Association's 24th Annual CODiE Awards as the winner for Best Educational Use of a Technology Device. The DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition from the education and technology company, Pearson, was selected from among 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies. Now in its 24th year, the CODiEs are considered the Academy Awards of the software and information industry, celebrating outstanding achievement and vision.

"We believe that technology has incredible power to transform learning for all students," said Peter Cohen, CEO, Pearson Curriculum. "DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition is a great example of how innovative technology combined with a proven assessment tool puts the power of data driven decision-making in teacher's hands to help students become independent, successful readers. It is an honor to have this innovative solution recognized as one of the nation's best by the Software & Information Industry Association."

Pearson collaborated with Liberty Source, developer of the Tango handheld software, to take the leading reading assessment for grades K-8, Developmental Reading AssessmentTM, Second Edition (DRA2), and combine it with state-of-the-art handheld technology to create DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition. Built on more than 20 years of research and development, the DRA2 is an accurate, widely used assessment that helps identify each student's reading ability and level, document progress, and tailor teaching to drive effective reading instruction.

The device puts a powerful tool for measuring student reading ability and linking the results to instruction in the palms of teachers' hands. This easy-to-use, portable technology allows teachers to quickly administer DRA2--with no software installation required. The DRATM2 Handheld - TangoTM Software Edition is also a greener option, saving the time and expense of photocopying paper tests.

DRA2 Handheld-Tango Software Edition qualifies for funding under a number of the current federal education stimulus programs, including Title I, IDEA-Special Education, Title II-D/Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), School Improvement, and professional development funding for data-driven decision making.

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About SIIA:

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit

About Pearson:

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to

About Liberty Source:

Liberty Source, developer of the Tango Software handheld computing solutions for the PK-12 education market is an industry leader in the integration of benchmark and progress monitoring content for some of the most widely recognized assessments in education. The Tango Software mobile and web solutions deliver real time formative and summative outcomes that provide immediate student intervention and instruction. Tango Central, the Tango intuitive and cutting edge web-based engine gives educators immediate access to student assessment information, data analysis and group or individualized instructional student educational plans that streamline instruction and target individual student needs. To insure the success of a Tango Software deployment, the Liberty Source professional development and services team assists educators taking their assessment information to the next level - maximizing consistency, reliability and sustainability. For 2009, Tango Software is building on its technology offerings by providing handheld-based assessments solutions on the Apple iPod Touch platform. Teachers and administrators will be able to take advantage of the latest in technology in meeting educational needs - including Tango Software's integrated Response to Intervention tools, correlations to key intervention activity catalogs and advanced reporting features. Liberty Source is committed to the needs of the education community both now and in the future with technological solutions that arm teachers with the key information they need to stimulate change in the classroom. For more information, go to

For more information:

press only Rod Granger, Pearson, 212-641-6114,
Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049,