New Online Learning Courses to Help Texas Students at Risk of Dropping out, those Getting a Head Start on College

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Special screening: Pearson Virtual Learning classes to be showcased in Austin this week

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Texas schools will soon have a bigger course catalogue to offer middle and high school students, from those struggling to catch up on credits needed to graduate to those looking for college-level classes.

Educators, parents, public officials and media can see a special screening of the Pearson Virtual Learning program at the Texas Computer Education Association conference at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St, on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11.

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, is providing rigorous online courses to help schools across Texas prepare students for graduation, college, and careers.

From Biology and AP Microeconomics to Chinese and Marine Science, school districts have an extensive selection of courses aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the state's College and Career Readiness standards available for their students with Pearson Virtual Learning powered by Florida Virtual Schools.

Pearson's online learning program offers credit recovery courses to help low-performing students in dozens of English, mathematics, science, and social studies courses get caught up. Students can begin classes at any time of the year, test their knowledge of each course's instructional content, and focus on the subject areas they have yet to master.

Students can enroll in Pearson Virtual Learning's Advanced Placement classes, a cost-effective way for schools to offer more college-level courses with AP® College Board-appointed readers and free exam reviews.

Students can start the self-paced courses at anytime without having to wait for a new semester--an invaluable support for those working to recover credits to graduate on time or those wanting to get a head start on college courses.

"Educators across Texas are working hard to provide individualized instruction to reach struggling students at risk of dropping out while challenging those in advanced courses," said Brett Hicks, Texas Manager for Pearson Virtual Learning. "Pearson's online courses are designed to support schools' efforts to prepare students for college and future careers based on their individual learning needs."

The courses' research-based, instructional content is customizable to school districts' curriculums and their students' needs. All courses are taught by state-certified instructors who are certified in their fields. Teachers are available to communicate with students on a regular basis by phone, email, and online discussions.

Pearson Virtual Learning powered by Florida Virtual School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). For more information about Pearson's online learning courses for Texas schools, please visit http://www.PearsonSchool.com/VirtualLearningTexas.

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 systemsthat 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. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com.

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Kate Miller
212.641.6115
kate(dot)miller(at)pearson(dot)com

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