Danville, Virginia School District Chooses Pearson as School Turnaround Partner

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Customized School Improvement Plan to Help Students at John M. Langston Focus School.

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Danville Public School District in southern Virginia has contracted with the education services and technology company Pearson for comprehensive school turnaround services to improve student performance at John M. Langston Focus School.

The Langston Focus School is one of 19 schools in Virginia that have been selected by the Virginia Department of Education to receive school improvement grants. Throughout the country there are more than 5,000 schools identified for this category of funding. Earlier this year, Virginia was awarded nearly $60 million in school improvement grants from the US Department of Education.

Dr. Sue Davis, Danville Division Superintendent said, "We have had many serious discussions with the experts at Pearson K-12 Solutions about our unique challenges and the opportunities and futures we want for our students. We know that Pearson has the experience and expertise to help us dramatically improve teaching and learning here at Langston." She added, "We are ready for the hard work ahead of us, and we are ready to make the changes that are necessary to ensure that our students are successful. We want to have confidence that they will be headed down the road for success when they graduate."

"Every single student at Langston deserves a first-class 21st century high school education, and it is a privilege to have the chance to partner with the dedicated educators, parents and community here in Danville as we begin this challenging work," said Pearson K-12 Solutions President Scott Drossos. "We will work side-by-side and take all the steps necessary to provide Langston students the help they need to be college and career-ready when they graduate."

A division of Pearson, the world's leading education services and technology company, Pearson K-12 Solutions engages in multi-year state and district partnerships to foster school improvement, create innovative new models and custom solutions for schools across the country.

Drossos added, "Our research based School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) model helps schools make fundamental changes and sustain improvements for the long term. We have the opportunity to draw from Pearson's vast research based and proven resources -- including curriculum, assessment, technology, and teacher professional development products and services -- to create a customized, coherent improvement plan for Langston Focus School."

Pearson's model includes a combination of core elements that have helped improve schools for years, and has consistently demonstrated gains in student achievement as well as in school culture and distributed leadership.

Pearson's K-12 Solutions School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) model includes ten change elements to help schools:

1.    Systematically Plan for School Improvement
2.    Develop Instructional Leadership
3.    Create Collaborative Education Partnerships
4.    Emphasize School Culture
5.    Embed Achievement Support
6.    Align Curriculum
7.    Optimize Conditions for Teaching & Learning
8.    Foster Knowledge Driven Decision-making
9.    Utilize Technology for Learning
10.    Evaluate for Continuous Improvement

Drossos said that Pearson is making unprecedented levels of investment in new models for education and that the company is committed to providing a broad spectrum of solutions and services to schools to ensure that their teachers and students are successful.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education, teacher training, education technology and school solutions, provides 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.

Contact: kate(dot)miller(at)pearson(dot)com - 800-745-8489


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