MINNEAPOLISOctober 18, 2006 PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUTR), a leading provider of K-adultcomputer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced that PLATO Earth and Space science earned its fifth award after being named a 2006 Award of Excellence winner by Technology and Learning magazine. PLATO Earth and Space Science is part of the PLATO’S Middle School Science Series, which also includes PLATO’S Life Science and PLATO’S Physical Science–both of which have also won multiple industry awards.

In its 24th year, the Awards of Excellence Program honors curriculum products that break new ground and are best-of-breed examples that demonstrate clear superiority over similar products in the market. Winners are chosen by over 35 educators who test drive the curriculum entries. “This year’s educator-judges certainly gave all entries a grueling test-drive,” said Technology and Learning editor-in-chief Susan McLester. “These award winners reflect the highest quality in education technology products today.”

PLATO Earth and Space Science brings science concepts to life and helps students prepare to meet more stringent science performance standards. It uses theme-based scenarios to engage students in scientific inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking. The hands-on learning environment offers animation, video, narrations, and interactions to demonstrate concepts, enhance lectures, and deepen understanding. A narrated glossary gives students confidence with scientific terms, and teachers can access the sophisticated test-item bank to assign objective-based pre- and post-tests to determine level of understanding and prescribe appropriate instruction.

“We are honored that the educator’s judging the Award of Excellence program recognized PLATO Earth and Space Science for its innovative use of technology and market-leading instructional design,” said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning President and CEO. “The entire PLATO Middle School Science Series offers the best technology-based science instruction in the industry, not only winning nine industry awards since its release, but also being effective at engaging students across the country in science exploration and increasing their proficiency against science standards.”

About PLATO Learning

PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills. The company also offers innovative online assessment and accountability solutions and standards-based professional development services. With over 6,000 hours of objective-based, problem-solving courseware, plus assessment, alignment, and curriculum management tools, we create standards-based curricula that facilitate learning and school improvement.

PLATO Learning is a publicly held company traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ. PLATO Learning educational software is primarily marketed to K-12 schools and colleges. The Company also sells to job training programs, correctional institutions, military education programs, corporations, and individuals. PLATO Learning is headquartered at 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, 952.832.1000 or 800.869.2000. The Company has offices throughout North America and in Puerto Rico, as well as international distributors in the United Kingdom and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.

PLATO is a registered trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO Learning is a trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO, Inc. is a PLATO Learning, Inc. company.

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