Pearson Congratulates Wisconsin's Cornell Elementary School on 2010 National Blue Ribbon Honor

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The education services and technology company Pearson congratulates Cornell Elementary School in Cornell, Wisconsin, on being named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School and for the school's efforts to close the achievement gap. Today, the Department of Education honored Cornell Elementary School, along with 300 other schools, at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Education chose Cornell as a Blue Ribbon School because at least 40 percent of the student population comes from disadvantaged backgrounds and Cornell improved student performance to high levels as measured by large-scale assessment data.

"We congratulate Cornell Elementary students, parents, teachers and administrators on receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award. Cornell is a fantastic example of the positive change that is happening in many of our schools and one that Pearson is honored to celebrate and support. By improving outcomes for our most at-risk students, we can help ensure the success of all students," said Mike Evans, Pearson's senior vice president for mathematics.    

One way Cornell is helping improve student performance is with Pearson's Investigations in Number, Data and Space, mathematics curriculum developed at the nonprofit TERC research center in Massachusetts and funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to develop critical thinking skills and help all children understand fundamental ideas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement and early algebra.

Cornell's lead math teacher Mary Ann Modrak describes how Investigations has impacted learning at the school, "In just the first year, the understanding of math concepts has dramatically improved at our school. Students and teachers are getting more enjoyment out of math class. Additionally, students are becoming more active thinkers as a result of the new math program and they are improving their performance in other subject areas."

The National Blue Ribbon award celebrates public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement especially among disadvantaged and minority students, according to the Department of Education. In the past 28 years, more than 6,000 of America's schools have received the award.

Of the 2010 National Blue Ribbon Award winners, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "Our nation has a responsibility to help all children realize their full potential. Schools honored with the Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to achievement and to ensuring that students learn and succeed. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and must receive a quality education."

Visit the National Blue Ribbon website to learn more about the award or see the full list of winners.

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