Texas Classrooms to Get Major Technology Boost to Prepare Online Generation of Students for College and Careers

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New Pearson reading and literature instructional materials to help schools teach 21st century skills to Facebook/Twitter generation.

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These new reading and literature materials are available in both print and digital formats, giving teachers the flexibility to move back and forth between textbooks and digital instructional materials

Young Tweeters, Facebookers, and YouTube enthusiasts will be among those who will find reading and literature more captivating in Texas classrooms next school year.

In a move to better prepare students for college and future careers, reading and Language Arts teachers soon will be able to meet students on their digital turf and incorporate animations and other technology into their lessons with new instructional materials available to Texas school districts.

Texas schools have been using existing reading textbooks since 2000. School districts throughout the state will introduce new reading and literature programs in the fall of 2010 for use in classrooms over the next six to eight years. The Texas State Board of Education decided unanimously last month to make Pearson's reading and literature programs available statewide. The state's decision will give reading and literature a major technology boost with the new instructional materials going into Texas classrooms beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Pearson's Scott Foresman Reading Street Texas and Calle de la Lectura (for grades K-5) and Prentice Hall Literature Texas (for grades 6-12) provide both print and digital instructional materials aligned to the new state college and career readiness standards, English-language proficiency standards, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Children's wide use of the Internet can help improve their reading and writing, but important comprehension skills such as how to use internet search engines and how to decipher the information they receive will be important to help children focus on the right sources of information and make critical decisions about where to find and use reliable information. These online comprehension skills are incorporated throughout the Pearson instructional materials.

"These new reading and literature materials are available in both print and digital formats, giving teachers the flexibility to move back and forth between textbooks and digital instructional materials," said Raymond Ward, Pearson's vice president for Texas. "Significantly increasing the technology available in Texas schools can help teachers make a major impact on students' college and career readiness. Students need to have this rigorous curriculum and technology available to boost their mastery of the 21st Century skills they'll need in college and the workplace."

Pearson teamed up with nationally renowned reading, literature and technology experts to develop Scott Foresman Reading Street Texas, Calle de la Lectura, and Prentice Hall Literature Texas, the newest instructional materials for reading and English classrooms customized specifically to new state standards.

From its rigorous curriculum to engaging digital animations and online monitoring of student progress, Pearson's K-12 reading and literature instructional materials are scientifically researched and proven to be effective in the classroom by providing the following.

  •     A rich blend of print, CD/DVD, and online resources for teachers to choose from and easily customize their instruction for students' individual learning needs
  •     Resources for English language learners, including materials with tips and step-by-step instructions for teachers on how to help the hundreds of thousands of ELL students in Texas classrooms
  •     Online tools that determine at what level each student is performing to help teachers quickly identify academic strengths and weaknesses and differentiate instruction and intervene, as needed
  •     For the first time ever in Texas schools, reading instructional materials tailored especially for Kindergarten children to help ensure children develop a sound reading and language foundation
  •     Rigorous content to help better prepare Texas school children for success in college with alignment to the new state "college and career readiness standards"
  •     Programs developed specifically to teach Texas' new curriculum for reading and literature, commonly known as the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)

More information about Pearson's new reading and literature instructional materials can be found at http://www.TexasReadingStreet.com for elementary school grade levels and http://www.TexasLiterature.com for middle and high school grades.

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.

Kate Miller


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