FOLSOM, CA–April 23, 2007–Pearson School Systems, a division of Pearson Education–the world´s leading integrated education company–announced today that Marion County Public Schools (MCPS) in Ocala, Florida has selected Chancery SMS as its new enterprise-level student information system (SIS). Chancery SMS will serve as the district´s foundational student management solution in 53 schools–supporting more than 42,000 students–during the 2007–2008 school year.

"A lot of change is taking shape in Florida´s public schools and the push to modernize student information systems is an important one," said Dr. Diana Greene, Deputy Superintendent, Marion County Public Schools. "MCPS selected Chancery SMS because it will provide us with a highly customized and efficient solution that will meet complex Florida State reporting requirements and enhance the communication structure of the entire district, through its convenient web interface."

Chancery SMS will provide MCPS with a proven, award-winning SIS, capable of supporting the district´s enterprise-wide and cross-functional requirements. As a scalable solution that automates student information management processes, such as attendance and grades, Chancery SMS will allow MCPS to maximize student performance and meet state and federal reporting and accountability standards. The technology will play a central role in helping MCPS achieve seamless integration of critical applications and is customizable to meet MCPS´ evolving needs.

"Marion County Public Schools represents an important milestone in Pearson´s growth in the Florida SIS market," said Mary McCaffrey, President, Pearson School Systems. "Florida school districts are looking for proven, customizable, web-based student information systems that meet the complex Florida DOE requirements. We are excited to be an SIS leader in Florida and are committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure our solutions effectively meet the needs of our current and future customers in the region."

MCPS will use Chancery SMS in tandem with the Pearson Inform data analysis and decision support tool to gain a greater perspective on each student´s individual performance. Additionally, educators can report and analyze performance data to identify areas of strength or weakness for each student; monitor their progress against district, state, and federal standards; and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs.

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (www.pearsoned.com ) is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. Virtually all students in America learn from a Pearson program at some point in their educational career. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Early Learning, Pearson Learning Group, Pearson Digital Learning, and Pearson Addison Wesley. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson´s primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

About Pearson School Systems

Pearson School Systems is advancing student learning through its highly interoperable enterprise solutions for student information management. As the market leader in K12 technology innovations, Pearson School Systems supports millions of students, with a product lineup that includes PowerSchool Premier, Chancery SMS, Mac School, Win School, and SASI. Pearson Inform, the achievement data analysis and decision support tool rounds out a solution set designed to provide administrators, teachers, students, and parents with comprehensive software options that are easy-to-use and can be customized to meet a wide range of end-user needs. All Pearson products are fully supported with training and the finest customer support services in the industry. www.pearsonschoolsystems.com .

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