Pearson leads Tech & Learning magazine's prestigious 28th Annual Awards of Excellence with seven winners

Innovative K-12 ed-tech products honored span company's digital curriculum, assessment and data management products

New York (PRWEB) November 22, 2010 — Pearson, the education, technology and services company, led this year's "Tech & Learning" magazine's Awards of Excellence, earning an unprecedented seven honors for its innovative K-12 ed-tech products. These prized awards are testimony to the company's global leadership in developing education technology solutions that ensure that students are prepared for success in college and careers. Pearson's 2010 Awards of Excellence winners are: Miller & Levine Biology Digital Path, Perspective, PowerSchool - Studio Edition, Prentice Hall Literature (PHLit Online), Prentice Hall High School Math Digital Path, Prevent and SuccessMaker. The winning products will be featured in the December 2010 issue of "Tech & Learning" magazine, as well as on the website.

"Now that the use of technology in schools is no longer a novelty, but a reality, it's no longer about the promise of what technology can do; it's about the proof," said Kevin Hogan, editorial director for New Bay Media's Tech & Learning Group. "This year's Award of Excellence products were tested by ed-tech experts from the New York City Department of Education and the University of Michigan, our top T&L advisors, and more. These companies can be proud that their products were selected as winners by this prestigious team of judges."

The magazine's annual award program honors software, hardware, network and web products that break new ground, as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven educational tools.

About the Pearson winners

The company's three digital curriculum programs for high school earning 2010 New Products Awards of Excellence are engaging, research-based and standards-aligned programs that personalize learning for all students. Miller & Levine Biology Digital Path is the stand-alone, online version of Pearson's bestselling high school biology program and offers a bold approach to science instruction, combining the power of new technology with a proven foundation of academic success. Prentice Hall Literature (PHLit Online) is a revolutionary digital, personalized learning environment for middle and high school students that simplifies planning, assessing and reporting. An engaging learning environment that supports all students and teachers at the level of technology where they are comfortable, Prentice Hall High School Math Digital Path was designed to change the way students see math, how they understand concepts and how they can transfer those skills to tests, college and life.

Demonstrating the powerful ways that data can be used to ensure student success is Prevent, a winner of a New Product Award of Excellence. An innovative software program that aggregates the most relevant and predictive student information data points to help educators pinpoint which students are mostly likely to drop out of school, Prevent provides an early warning system for educators, helping them determine where to spend their time most effectively to prevent students from leaving school without a diploma.

Also a New Product Award of Excellence winner, Pearson's PowerSchool - Studio Edition provides a platform for seamlessly integrating aligned digital content and assessments with analytics, next-generation web tools, and PowerSchool through a single point of access. It can help teachers quickly determine, in real-time, what students know, how they are performing according to aligned educational standards, and allow teachers to recommend precise content to remediate or accelerate learning. Originally released in 2009 as "Project Tapestry," PowerSchool - Studio Edition enables individual students to take control of their own education with immediate access to their performance progress.

Two Pearson programs, Perspective and SuccessMaker, earned 2010 Award of Excellence Best Upgraded Product honors. Perspective is Pearson's advanced remediation and enrichment solution that ties high-stakes student assessment to classroom instruction by providing students with supplemental resources based on their assessment scores. Recently redesigned, Perspective's website now features improved navigation for users, as well as significant improvements to its Learning Locator feature, which provides students with educational resources tied to their assessment performance.

SuccessMaker is instructional software that provides elementary and middle school learners with adaptive, personalized paths for mastery of essential reading and math concepts and delivers outcomes-based data to inform educational decision-making. SuccessMaker's embedded assessment finds the right starting point, and the program's dynamic presentation of content focuses instruction on areas where each learner's skills need to be strengthened or enriched. The new SuccessMaker is the next generation of standards-based, digital supplemental instruction. All SuccessMaker instructional content is aligned with state standards, allowing teachers to assign lessons based on learning objectives in the core curriculum.

About Pearson

As the world's leading education company and leader in learning, content, technology, assessment and education services, Pearson is committed to improving the lives of people everywhere. We do this by providing support to build a stronger education system and offer personalized opportunities for students of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. Our success is founded in partnering with education stakeholders to deliver innovative products, technologies and services that respond to challenges to education and help improve student achievement. Pearson is making unprecedented levels of investment in new models for education and supporting key elements of the reform agenda: Common Core standards, digital, mobile and virtual learning, college and career readiness, teacher effectiveness, school improvement, and custom solutions for schools and colleges.

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