DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition From Pearson Finalist in 2009 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards

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Technology for Linking Reading Assessment to Instruction Honored in Best Educational Use of a Technology Device Category

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We partnered with Liberty Source, developer of the Tango handheld software, to take the leading reading assessment for grades K-8 and combine it with state-of-the-art handheld technology to create DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition

Upper Saddle River, N.J. March 19, 2009-- DRA™2 Handheld - Tango™ Software Edition from Pearson is a finalist in the Software & Information Industry Association's 24th Annual CODiE Awards. The latest technology for managing results and linking K-8 assessment and instruction, Developmental Reading Assessment™, Second Edition (DRA2) is honored in the Best Educational Use of a Technology Device category.

With DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition, teachers instantly identify students' strengths and weaknesses while administering the assessment on a handheld device and then quickly access DRA2 results for student grouping, class summary and progress monitoring.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries. Through a unique combination of journalist and expert peer review, the CODiE Awards finalists were chosen from more than 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies.

A widely used assessment that helps teachers target reading instruction, DRA2 helps educators identify each student's reading ability and level, document progress and tailor teaching to drive effective reading instruction. Using the latest handheld technology available, DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition allows teachers to follow the same four simple steps to administer the reading assessment - technology just allows them to do so smarter, faster and more accurately. The DRA2 Handheld solution is fast and at educators' fingertips when they need it - it takes the "managing" out of managing data.

"We partnered with Liberty Source, developer of the Tango handheld software, to take the leading reading assessment for grades K-8 and combine it with state-of-the-art handheld technology to create DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition," said Megan Artin, director of product management at Pearson. "It is exciting to have our fast, accurate, easy-to-use solution for managing student data honored by the technology industry."

For more information about DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com/dra2handheld.

Overall, seven Pearson products were named as finalists in nine categories in the 24th Annual CODiE Awards. In addition to DRA2 Handheld - Tango Software Edition, the honored products are eCollege®, MyCompLab®, NovaNET®, Perspective™, PowerSchool® Premier 5.2 and PowerTeacher. With these K-12 and higher education curriculum, classroom management and assessment products, Pearson tops the education industry categories with more finalists than any other company.

In the next step of the CODiE Awards process, SIIA members vote to determine the winners in each category. The 2009 CODiE Awards will be presented at a gala event on May 5 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

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 http://www.siia.net.

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 http://www.pearson.com.

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