Pearson Congratulates Austin on Strong Performance on “the Nation’s Report Card”

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National Report Released Tuesday Shows Austin ISD Near the Top in the Nation in Math Performance

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Austin ISD is a national model for a focused, driven public school district can do. Congratulations to Austin ISD for this great accomplishment.

The announcement that the Austin Independent School District outperformed nearly every other urban district in math on the “Nation’s Report Card” drew praise from officials of Pearson, Texas’ leading provider of technology in the classroom and the world’s largest provider of instructional materials.

Austin ISD, which uses Pearson’s ground-breaking digital and interactive math curriculum enVisionMATH in its elementary schools, outperformed virtually all its urban peers around the country in math at fourth grade on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), federal authorities announced Tuesday.

“Austin ISD does a great job of educating children, and these NAEP scores show again the strong leadership and great teaching in Austin is changing children’s lives for the better said Raymond Ward, Pearson’s vice president for Texas. “Austin ISD is a leader in the nation in the education of urban children, and that’s a testament to hard work of the teachers and principals and the commitment of the school district’s leadership to getting the job done. Pearson is proud to be AISD’s partner every day in the classrooms.”

Austin ISD fourth graders were second in the nation, trailing only Charlotte, North Carolina, out of 18 districts nationwide, in the percentage of students scoring at or above the basic level of performance on the NAEP. Houston, another Pearson partner district, was third nationally behind Austin.

The report showed 83 percent of Austin fourth graders scored at or above basic on the test. Hispanic fourth graders students in Austin were number one in the country on the test.

Austin elementary teachers, like those in Houston, use Pearson’s enVisionMATH curriculum to help children learn. Pearson’s enVisionMATH is an innovative curriculum customized for Texas that provides a blend of both print and interactive digital instructional materials. Teachers can use enVisionMATH’s materials, aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), to easily customize their instruction for students’ individual learning needs.

“The people of Austin should be proud of their teachers and their children,” Pearson’s Ward said. “Austin ISD is a national model for a focused, driven public school district can do. Congratulations to Austin ISD for this great accomplishment.”

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 systems that 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. Whether in Reading, Literature, science, math, social studies, music, English as a second language, foreign languages, or AP courses, hundreds of thousands of Texas’s preK through college students are learning with our Pearson products every day. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com. In addition to Education, Pearson's other major businesses include The Financial Times Group and The Penguin Group, http://www.pearson.com.

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