Pearson Congratulates Houston on Strong Performance on "The Nation's Report Card"

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National report released Tuesday shows HISD outperforming most other big city school districts in math

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HISD has long been a leader in academic performance among urban school districts in America, and this outstanding report today shows the great teachers, principals, district leaders and students continuing to lead the way

The announcement Tuesday that the Houston Independent School District outperformed most other urban districts in math on the "Nation's Report Card" drew praise from officials of Pearson, Texas' leading provider of technology in the classroom and the world's largest provider of instructional materials.

HISD, which uses Pearson's ground-breaking digital and interactive math curriculum enVisionMATH in its elementary schools, outperformed nearly all its urban peers around the country in math at fourth grade on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), federal authorities announced Tuesday.

"HISD has long been a leader in academic performance among urban school districts in America, and this outstanding report today shows the great teachers, principals, district leaders and students continuing to lead the way," said Raymond Ward, Pearson's vice president for Texas. "Children are learning in HISD at high levels, and that's a testament to the great leadership of the board and the executive team and the hard work of teachers and students. Pearson is proud to be HISD's partner every day in the classrooms."

Houston ISD fourth graders were third in the nation, trailing only Charlotte, North Carolina and Austin, out of 18 districts nationwide, in the percentage of students scoring at or above the basic level of performance on the NAEP. The report showed 82 percent of Houston fourth graders scored at or above basic on the test, and all major racial/ethnic groups, had higher than average scores than their peers nationally.

Houston elementary teachers, like those in Austin, use Pearson's enVisionMATH curriculum to help children learn. Pearson's enVisionMATH is an innovative curriculum customized for Texas that provides a blend of both print and interactive digital instructional materials. Teachers can use enVisionMATH's materials, aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), to easily customize their instruction for students' individual learning needs.

"Houstonians should be proud of their teachers and their children," Pearson's Ward said. "Houston ISD is a national model for what a public school district can do. Congratulations to the HISD leadership, teachers, principals, parents and students for this great accomplishment."

About Pearson and Texas
Pearson (NYSE:PSO) is Texas' leading provider of technology in the classroom and has been supplying 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, Literature, 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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