GLENVIEW, IL–Jan. 8, 2007–Pearson Achievement Solutions, a provider of customized solutions for school improvement, today announced the selection of seven National Demonstration Schools for 2006-07. The honor is awarded annually to select schools affiliated with Pearson Achievement Solutions that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in test scores, teaching and learning, assessment practices, school organization, school community and effective use of technology.

This year´s winners were selected from over 180 schools nationwide and include: Marvin P. Baker Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas; L.M. Smith Middle School in Birmingham, Ala; Cordero Community School in Jersey City, NJ; and Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary, Eastlake Elementary School, Grove Park Elementary and Walter White Elementary School, all in Atlanta, Ga.

"Since working with Pearson Achievement Solutions, we have increased our use of data-driven instruction, provided more job-embedded professional development, employed the latest and most effective research-based instructional strategies, and improved collaboration and team building," said Charles Willis, principal of L. M. Smith Middle School. "The results have been dramatic. In the 2003-04 school year (before Pearson) we made only seven percent of our AYP goals. We began the collaboration in 2004-05 year and made 100 percent of our AYP goals that year. We did it again in 2005-06, and now we´ve been removed from the school-wide improvement list."

Like Smith Middle School, Marvin P. Baker Middle School had the goal of improving student performance in accordance with state standards and assessments. In addition, Pearson Achievement Solutions was part of the school´s technology immersion project that aimed, among other things, to increase its staff´s technology proficiencies, foster anytime and anywhere learning, and prepare students technologically for the workforce and higher education.

According to Darla Reid, principal of Baker MS, the styles of Pearson Achievement Solutions´ staff developer meshed well with the needs of the school´s teachers. "She is very calming and supportive and really listens to them," said Reid. "Her style fits in beautifully with our campus culture. I think we work so well with Pearson Achievement Solutions because we´re very data-driven and that is that concept that they´ve brought to us…so we can plan as a team how to move forward with our campus."

To be considered for recognition as a National Demonstration School, schools must have completed at least two years of implementation and demonstrated an improvement over the past two academic years. A Pearson Achievement Solution school consultant or service manager may nominate specific schools, or a school can elect to independently submit an application. After being evaluated by a cross-departmental review panel, selected schools are awarded a stipend, a personalized plaque and banner, and asked to serve as model sites for other schools and districts interested in observing Pearson Achievement Solution´s research-based professional development practices in action.

About Pearson Achievement Solutions

Created by the merger of LessonLab and Co-nect, Pearson Achievement Solutions works
with school districts to implement long-term, sustainable professional development
programs that address core issues including district and school improvement, data driven
decision-making, enhancing instruction in content areas, and teacher professional growth.

Pearson Achievement Solutions is part of Pearson Education the world´s leading integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO) the international media company. More information can be found at: http://www.pearsonachievementsolutions.com/.

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