Statement from Will Ethridge, CEO North America, Pearson, on The Digital Promise Initiative

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Released Today Following Digital Promise Initiative Announcement

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"I applaud President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan for their leadership in researching the most effective ways to leverage technology to personalize learning in America’s public school classrooms," said Will Ethridge, CEO North America, Pearson.

Today’s announcement of the Digital Promise Initiative, a public-private partnership to support a comprehensive R&D program around education technology, is another example of how government can work with the private sector to help maintain America’s preeminence in innovation and technology, especially in the field of education.

"My colleagues Doug Kubach and Kimberly O’Malley attended today’s event and shared their expertise on how technology has enhanced K12 instruction, provided richer means of assessment, and improved our ability to measure educator effectiveness. They also drew attention to the barriers many educators face when they try to access new technologies, including infrastructure, bandwidth, and proper training," Ethridge said.

"Kimberly, Doug, and I look forward to working with the White House, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the US Department of Education on this important initiative to help ensure all students in America have access to the best, most effective technology to promote their achievement."

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