Pearson Expands Personalized Learning for High School Students With Five New NovaNET Courses

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Motivated to Learn, Students Turn Lives Around with Pearson's Online Courseware

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In School and Off the Hook

Motivated to learn, students turn lives around with Pearson's online courseware.

"Thanks to NovaNET, I can say I am one more who has turned her life around. I've truly found myself because of NovaNET and now I can clearly see the person that I want to become. I am proud to say that I am on the road to success and I am striving to be my best," said Debbie Cabrera, the underclassman winner of Pearson' s 2009 "In School and Off the Hook" NovaNET essay contest.

As a 10th grader at Reading High School in Reading, Pa., Cabrera was in "self-destruction mode" and headed down the wrong path, failing all of her classes her first quarter. Suspended from school, Cabrera started a virtual school program where she began learning with NovaNET. Within a month, Cabrera found herself back on track and motivated to learn.

Cabrera is one of more than a quarter of a million students who have achieved educational success and turned their lives around with NovaNET, the online, interactive curriculum, assessment and student management system from the education, services and technology company Pearson. Today, NovaNET users can continue on their paths to success with five new multimedia courses developed from Prentice Hall and other Pearson content:

  •     Biology - Covering organic compounds, cellular structure and function, genetics, DNA, ecology and human anatomy, Biology consists of 81 objective-based multimedia lessons and 20 introductory lessons. The course contains videos on key subject areas, animations, interactive activities and click-and-play audio elements to break down course material and help students understand difficult concepts.
  •     Economics - The new course covers micro- and macro-economics and includes 61 objective-based and 18 introductory lessons, which utilize case studies to examine economic principles in the context of real-life situations.
  •     Health - A one-semester high school course, Health contains 60 objective-based lessons and 16 introductory lessons with corresponding videos, illustrations and interactive diagrams. The course covers the topics of mental health, social health, nutrition, body systems, substance abuse, human development and disease prevention.
  •     Integrated Math 1 and 2 - Representing a full-year of content each, Integrated Math 1 and 2 contain lessons from Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. The content is divided into two semester-long courses and includes a total of 200 multimedia lessons that enable students to explore the relationships and connections between algebra and geometry.

"More than 7,000 students are dropping out each school day from America's schools, according to America's Promise Alliance, a partnership devoted to ensuring young people graduate from high school. This sad statistic proves that established credit recovery and dropout prevention programs are more important than ever. NovaNET's latest course offerings can help meet those at-risk students where they are and expand their opportunities for academic success," said Bob Roliardi, President, Pearson Digital Learning. He added, "These courses are updated and improved to align to state standards and individualize learning for all students, reflecting the needs of the more than 2,000 schools and districts that use NovaNET."

This year more than 360,000 students in grades 6-12 and adults have learned with NovaNET's integrated assets, which now include 1402 multimedia lessons in a range of subject areas such as math, science, English and social studies. With NovaNET, middle schoolers can prepare for high school, and, at the same time, high schoolers can recover credits, build basic skills and prep for the GED or SAT.

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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

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