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Pearson School Systems Announces First Pearson Benchmark Installation in Georgia

Ohanian Comment: Note that this product is sold as a needed tool for NCLB success.

Here is "About Us" info from the Pearson website. It is dense with buzz words. I note a couple: enterprise solutions, student performance management, decision support tool. Also of interest is that Systems has replaced digital learning as au courant buzz.

Pearson School Systems (formerly Pearson Digital Learning) is a newly formed business unit of Pearson Education. The new Pearson School Systems (PSS) organization focuses on enterprise solutions for K-12 school districts, with a dedicated focus on the increasingly important student performance management segment.

Pearson School Systems (PSS) is dedicated to helping educators improve student performance by combining the power of student information, assessment, reporting and business solutions. Its innovative, digital solutions include widely acclaimed SASI; Pearson Centerpoint, a new multi-platform web-based, comprehensive student information and performance system, CIMS Finance comprehensive finance, human resources, and student information system, Pearson Inform, an achievement data analysis and decision support tool that can be utilized by everyone in your school district who wants insight on classroom, school, and district-wide performance, Pearson Benchmark for district benchmark testing and Pearson PASeries, the first formative assessment product designed to measure progress and forecast student growth toward state performance goals. Pearson School Systems' products are used by more than 16,000 schools nationwide.

Ah, enterprise solutions offering a decision support tool that makes the user insightful. Why do business solutions send off the odor of final solutions?

Press Release
Source: Pearson School Systems

Pearson School Systems Announces First Pearson Benchmark Installation in Georgia
Tuesday May 10
Web-Based System Will Provide Jefferson County With Next Generation of Assessment Capabilities Needed for Fulfilling NCLB/AYP Requirements

MESA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2005-- Long before No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was enacted, innovative school districts were determined to find new ways to gauge student progress against high stakes competency tests. The forward-thinking school administrators instinctively knew that if they could get an accurate reading of student proficiency then teachers could more easily adapt their instructional efforts which would then lead to more effectiveness in the classroom.

Leading the way in just-in-time instructional modification through assessment gathering efforts, district administrators in the Jefferson County School District have selected Pearson Benchmark, the comprehensive Web-based district benchmark testing system and reporting tool.

Developed by Pearson School Systems, the leading provider of innovative education technologies to K-12 school districts nationwide, Pearson Benchmark provides a new core of capabilities to quickly and accurately assess student progress -- at any time over the course of the academic year -- against predetermined standards. With the ability to gather student performance results collected over time, teachers and administrators can readily monitor student progress, address deficiencies and recheck mastery - by class, course, grade level, school or even various demographics. The result is more targeted instruction, shorter assessment cycles, and enhanced student performance.

"For some time now, we have been researching various systems that help monitor student progress and inform instructional decisions, but nothing seemed to fit all of our goals and aspirations, that is until we observed the Pearson Benchmark solution," said Dr. Donnie Hodges, assistant superintendent Jefferson County Schools. "It is absolutely the right solution at the right time. It will afford us the opportunity to enjoy a seamless integration with our current student information system, SASI, one of Pearson School Systems SIS products. Going forward, it will empower our teachers and administrators to implement a full-range, Web-based tool that shows us exactly where a student is academically. Pearson Benchmark will provide a true check, swiftly and precisely."

Other districts choosing the customizable Pearson Benchmark solution have echoed Jefferson County's praise of the system - in particular its comprehensive reporting capability. With Pearson Benchmark, educators can deliver a wide array of reporting and analytic capabilities, fulfilling NCLB/AYP requirements while providing a comprehensive view of progress from student to classroom to school to district.

"Jefferson County Schools are about to turn a critical corner as they begin to harness the power offered through the objective, valid and reliable information gathered from the integration of both the Pearson Benchmark and SASI solutions," said Mike Evans, president of Pearson School Systems. "Student progress and informed instruction will never be the same."

About Jefferson County Schools

Jefferson County is enthusiastic about education. Serving over 3,300 students, Jefferson County's school system offers a broad instructional program, meeting the needs of all its students. The system operates a comprehensive Pre-K through 12th grade program at six schools: three elementary, two middle schools, and one high school. Approximately 80 percent of students are eligible to receive free and reduced priced lunches. All schools are Title One recipients and accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

About Pearson School Systems

Pearson School Systems (PSS) is changing the face of K-12 student performance and information management through its offering of tightly-integrated, mission critical district enterprise solutions.

As both an industry pioneer and market trend setter, PSS offers management solutions that easily and significantly combine the power of student information, assessment, reporting, and business tools into a comprehensive and collaborative effort.

Through its innovative, digital solutions, PSS is dedicated to helping schools perform and students succeed. Its all-encompassing product lineup includes SASI the widely acclaimed, comprehensive student information system; Pearson Centerpoint; the multi-platform, Web-based student information and performance management system; CIMSŪ the comprehensive finance, human resources, and student information system; Pearson Inform, the achievement data analysis and decision support tool; and Pearson Benchmark, the customizable, Web-based district benchmark testing solution.

Pearson School Systems is a business unit of Pearson Education (NYSE:PSO - News), the world's leading integrated education company. For more information please visit:

— Press Release


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