Georgia’s James Madison Online High School Partners with Pearson to Create e-Texts for its 30,000 Students

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23 Print and Digital Custom Curriculum Courses Coherent with Common Core State Standards


Pearson and James Madison High School, a Georgia-based online learning institution that offers self-paced courses to high school and career students, have partnered to create customized eBooks and print companions coherent with the Common Core State Standards. To date, 45 states, including Georgia, are implementing the new academically challenging standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, with corresponding assessments expected to begin in 2014. Far in advance of the anticipated timetable for assessment, JMHS is ensuring its 30,000 students will be prepared to meet these rigorous principles by offering a full Common Core curriculum for the 2011-2012 school year.

James Madison High School, and its parent organization Ashworth College, began working with Pearson in late 2010 to create new Common Core curriculum for 23 courses. Through the partnership, JMHS students now access a wide range of online learning tools, including course-specific websites, online instructor support, peer collaboration networks, on-demand tutoring services and engaging video. The school’s mixed demographic of students includes adult learners, as well as traditional-age high school students who may be re-enrolling to complete their schooling.

The new Common Core State Standards seek to promote literacy across course disciplines and help students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. They focus more intently on developing the critical thinking aspects of mathematics, concentrating on how students are able to apply and extend math principles.
Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Vice President of Education for both Ashworth College and James Madison High School, said, “The courses we have developed with Pearson are unrivalled in quality, and provide cutting-edge technology and learning tools completely coherent with the Common Core to help our students succeed in completing their high school requirements – long before they will be assessed against these new standards.”

“James Madison High School is committed to ensuring its students’ success in high school and beyond, jumping at the chance to get ahead of the curve with Common Core-specific materials. The team at JMHS was a hands-on partner throughout the process as we worked to create curriculum programs that are customized to their students’ needs and reflect these new standards,” said Jason Panella, Director of School Solutions at Pearson Learning Solutions.

The new English Language Arts courses cover content across the genres of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama with an emphasis on key reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Mathematics programs include courses in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-calculus, and Pre-algebra.

To learn more about James Madison High School, visit For more information about Pearson’s custom publishing, visit

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Media Contact: Susan Aspey, susan.aspey(at)pearson(dot)com or (800) 745-8489

About Ashworth College and James Madison High School
Ashworth College and its high school subsidiary James Madison High School, both leading online schools, have built a tradition of excellence spanning 25 years, offering students worldwide more than 115 online college degrees, online certificate programs , career training and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth also offers military education online as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.

Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. James Madison High School is further accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). For more information, visit

Media Contact: Richard Orr, publicity(at)ashworthcollege(dot)edu or (770) 729-8400

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