Florida Schools Improve Student Performance With Pearson Education Technologies' Successmaker Courseware

Florida School Recognition Program Rewards Schools that Demonstrate High Performance and Significant Improvement

Mesa, AZ - For the 2001-02 school year, the 2002 Florida School Recognition Program bestowed awards on more than 1,300 of the 2,515 Florida schools that received a letter grade. While many factors contribute to the success of these schools, several share something in common. Nearly one-quarter of the schools that received awards utilize a software-based curriculum program called SuccessMaker® Enterprise.

The Florida School Recognition Program rewards schools that have sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance. Schools that receive an "A" or improve at least one performance grade from the previous year are eligible for recognition and financial awards.

Through the program, 861 schools received an "A" performance grade for the 2001-02 school year. Nearly 25 percent of these schools incorporate SuccessMaker courseware into their programs. In addition, six of the seven schools that improved three performance grades in one year also incorporate the SuccessMaker courseware. In all, more than 315 Florida schools that implement SuccessMaker earned recognition and financial awards for receiving an "A" or improving at least one performance grade.

Of the 861 schools that received an "A" in 2002, Meadowlane Elementary in urban Hialeah, Fla. was rated an "A" school for the second time in the past three years. From 1999 to 2000, Meadowlane Elementary improved three performance grades - from a "D" to an "A" - due to significant improvement in student performance on the FCAT.

"We've done many things at our school to move from a 'D' to an 'A.' One of them was improve our use of the SuccessMaker program. We sat down with the teachers and planned out exactly what we wanted to do to bring up the skills of our students, and then talked about how SuccessMaker could help us do that. SuccessMaker plays an integral part in our efforts," said George Kovachy, principal of Meadowlane Elementary.

"For more than 30 years, educators have been using SuccessMaker courseware to increase student achievement. SuccessMaker works because Pearson Education Technologies has the same goals as educators: solid achievement and results," said Mark Miller, Florida district sales manager for Pearson Education Technologies. "We congratulate Florida's educators and administrators on their achievements, and their dedication to helping each student achieve learning gains. We're honored to partner with them in their efforts to meet the needs of each individual student."


About SuccessMaker

SuccessMaker Enterprise electronic curriculum is scalable courseware that aligns with district, local, and national standards, and is supported by a comprehensive management system. SuccessMaker Enterprise offers 6,000 hours of reading/language arts, mathematics, and English language development/ESL and bilingual instruction for grades preK through 8. SuccessMaker gives educators and students embedded, continuous assessment, accountability, and individualized instruction. All SuccessMaker courseware is available in customizable bundles to help schools and districts build a solution to address their specific needs.


About Pearson Education Technologies

With more than 40 years of experience in developing, delivering, and supporting curriculum, assessment, and enterprise data management products, Pearson Education Technologies is the leader in offering comprehensive solutions for preK-12 education. Reaching more than 10 million students annually, our products include the SASIxp? student information system, SuccessMaker® Enterprise and NovaNET® comprehensive courseware systems, and Concert? Instruction & Assessment, the online education community. Pearson Education Technologies is part of Pearson Education (NYSE: PSO), the world's leading integrated education company.

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Leslie Eicher, APR