Pearson Congratulates Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Selected as Intel's 2009 "Star Innovator"

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To Support 21st Century Learning at the Winning School, Pearson Donates Math Curriculum Materials, Intervention Programs and Assessments

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The education and technology company Pearson congratulates the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy (IMSA) on being named "Star Innovator" in the 2009 Intel Schools of Distinction Award in Washington, D.C. Selected from six finalists, IMSA is an advanced, residential college preparatory program created by the state of Illinois that enrolls students in grades 10-12 to focus on innovative, rigorous mathematics and science learning.

Twenty-first-century learning is encouraged at IMSA through hands-on experiments, observations, data analysis and communication about evidence-based principles. Students must engage with scientific literature to build their understanding and are encouraged to partner with scientists to further explore scientific concepts in action. In 2008, 86 percent of IMSA students scored a three or higher out of five possible points on their Advanced Placement exams.

To further support the innovative learning environment, Pearson is donating DimensionM, powered by Pearson, an immersive, 3-D, multiplayer math video game; AIMSweb, a web-based assessment, reporting and data management system; MathXL for School, an online homework, tutorial and assessment tool; and Algebra 1 Intervention program powered by EPIC, a comprehensive, web-based curriculum and assessment system that provides embedded intervention.

"Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy is a fantastic learning institution, and one that Pearson is honored to celebrate and support. By encouraging skills like teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, we can help today's students prepare for the high-growth job areas of the future. These jobs, like the curriculum at IMSA, will require our students to adapt to changing circumstances, to work well in teams and to communicate effectively," said Pat McHugh Pearson's Midwest Area Vice President.

To learn more about Pearson's solutions, visit For more information on the Intel Schools of Distinction Awards, visit

About Pearson and Illinois:
The education and technology company Pearson has been providing learning solutions to Illinois schools for more than 100 years. Glenview has been the home of Scott Foresman school publishers since 1966 and students across the country have been learning to read with Scott Foresman books going all the way back to 1889. In Illinois, Pearson is known through the brand names Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNET, PowerSchool, SuccessNet and so many more - names in the world of education that are recognized and respected across the state and around the globe. Pearson provides education and testing materials for all stages in life - from birth through professional learning - as well as the complex management systems that maintain student information data for thousands of schools. In our school, higher education, assessments, and professional businesses, there are more than 1,000 Pearson staffers in Illinois. Our representatives are living and working in every school district across the state, visiting teachers, principals and curriculum directors every single day. In fact, most teachers in Illinois have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from Pearson's professional development programs. For more information, visit

Stacy Skelly


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