The Learning Curve in Texas Classrooms Takes Digital Path with Pearson's enVisionMATH

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Teacher Reports Nearly 50% Increase in A's and B's

This year my number of A's and B's has gone up amazing numbers in math class, improving by about 40 to 50 percent

April marks Math Awareness Month, and this year Texas school children are learning math like never before--with digital animations that teach algebraic concepts as early as kindergarten. Educators in more than half of Texas' school districts now have the opportunity to integrate technology into their classrooms, and many schools such as Rowe Lane Elementary School in central Texas already are seeing significant improvements in students' math performance with the use of enVisionMATH Texas.

Pearson's enVisionMATH is an innovative curriculum customized for Texas that provides both print and digital instructional materials to hundreds of school districts such as the Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD), just miles from the state capital.

The research-based program is helping students like third-graders in Jennifer Winkler's classroom in PISD learn rigorous algebraic concepts and improve their math performance.

"This year my number of A's and B's has gone up amazing numbers in math class, improving by about 40 to 50 percent," Winkler said. "And kids are coming in excited about math, even asking if they can work with enVisionMATH during their free time."

Teachers can use enVisionMATH's materials to easily customize their instruction for students' individual learning needs.

"enVisionMATH provides tools to help determine what level the students are performing--on-level, needing extra help or advanced-- to help me figure out when I need to re-teach a topic for some children or raise the bar for others," Winkler said. "Our district's benchmark tests show that the students have done phenomenal this year--better than any other year in the past, passing with flying colors."

The number one program in the nation's elementary schools today, Pearson has customized enVisionMATH to directly align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

"Our teachers are excited about the program because it's easy to implement and gives them everything they need for each lesson," said Russell Larson, coordinator of elementary math at the Pflugerville Independent School District. "enVisionMATH is an awesome program! I highly recommend it."

enVisionMATH develops conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills to prepare students for the higher level math they will encounter in middle and high school and in college.

"Students should have textbooks as an integral part of their learning. However, technology is more and more important. There are jobs out there that we don't even know exist yet, and they'll be ready for them with enVisionMATH."

More than 400 school districts across Texas, including Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Brownsville and San Antonio, have chosen the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH program.

"Ms. Winkler's classroom story is being replicated all across the state," said Raymond Ward, Pearson's vice president for Texas. "Numerous school districts are reporting similar improvements with enVisionMATH."

To see how school districts like PISD are using enVisionMATH, view this video for a peak into one classroom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1HnfdrHVrA.

About Pearson and Texas

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the world's leading education publisher, has been providing education materials to Texas schools as far back as the 1800s. You may know us individually as Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNet, PowerSchool, Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, SuccessNet, Learning Teams, and so many more - names in the world of education that are recognized and respected across the State and the globe. In fact, most teachers in Texas have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from our professional development programs. We provide education and testing materials from birth through professional learning as well as the school systems that maintain student information data for thousands of schools. Our business offices are located in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, but our 2,000 Pearson people are living and working in every school district across the State. Whether in reading, language arts, science, math, social studies, music, English as a second language, foreign languages, or AP courses, hundreds of thousands of Texas's preK through college students are learning with our Pearson products every day. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com. In addition to Education, Pearson's other major businesses include The Financial Times Group and The Penguin Group, http://www.pearson.com.

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