Pearson wins Teachers' Choice Award

Nation's Educators Vote PAIR UP! Reading Program Classroom Winner

New York, September 29, 2008 - The nation's teachers have spoken! Pearson's PAIR UP! team reading program was judged a top classroom pick in the 15th Annual Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Awards.

PAIR UP!, which brings two students of different reading abilities together to read a book and improve their reading skills, won top honors based on Teachers' Choice Award criteria of "quality, instructional value, ease of use and innovation."

The Teachers' Choice Awards is the only award which evaluates products during actual classroom use. Winners are chosen based on their scores by a panel of teachers across the country. Each product is evaluated on its own merit, and only those that meet the teachers' stringent standards are chosen to receive a Teachers' Choice Award.

After receiving top ratings in two rounds of rigorous judging, PAIR UP! was named a 2009 Teachers' Choice Award winner and will be featured in Learning Magazine's January 2009 issue along with other products chosen by teachers in a variety of categories.

Learning Magazine publisher Anne Sumpter said, "Pearson has an established history of providing quality educational programs for children. It's great to see PAIR UP! recognized for its contribution in today's classrooms."

Peter Cipkowski, vice president of Pearson's supplemental publishing line, said, "We're grateful for this tremendous recognition. PAIR UP! reflects best classroom practice and is a program that's built on what teachers do everyday effectively in their classroom." He added. "When pairs of young readers work together purposefully on the same text, we know that their reading skills improve."

Pearson noted that research indicates that paired reading improves a student's attitude about reading and increases their motivation to read and succeed. Paired reading research also demonstrates that students achieve significant gains in vocabulary, comprehension, language expression, oral reading, spelling and writing.

Just introduced in April 2008, PAIR UP! is currently used in 27 states around the country.

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 and