Kaplan K-12 Learning Services Group, part of Kaplan Inc., has developed a new college preparatory curriculum that it is marketing to school systems. Already deployed across Philadelphia, this new curriculum covers every major discipline taught in secondary schools–from math and science to language arts. Early results on the TerraNova, a district-wide assessment taken by Philadelphia students, reportedly show significant gains in the areas of reading, math, and science among ninth-graders using the specially designed curriculum. At a time when the nation’s leaders, including President Bush, are calling for higher standards and pushing for widespread high-school reform, Kaplan and other for-profit companies have invested significant resources into developing alternative learning solutions for schools. Whether or not the trend takes off will have a lot to do with what happens in Philadelphia over the course of the next several months, educators say.

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