MINNEAPOLIS–April 24, 2007–PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K?adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced an agreement with Irvine (Calif.) Unified School District to continue its long-time subscription to PLATO® eduTest Assessment and PLATO® Data Management and Analytics software. Under the agreement, PLATO Learning will continue to provide educational assessment tools to the district that will be used for benchmark tests throughout the school year, each of which will be aligned to California content standards.
"Our goal for initially using the PLATO eduTest solution was simply to determine whether students had learned the content they needed to succeed at higher grade levels,"said Mark Sontag, curriculum coordinator of math and science for Irvine USD. "Since implementing PLATO eduTest, it has become a fundamental part of guiding our instructional methods. The data we collect through the system impacts textbook choices, exam interventions, and many other curriculum decisions.?
During its initial PLATO eduTest implementation, the district used formative assessments to pinpoint areas in which additional instruction was needed for individual students, enabling teachers to give more specific content-related instruction. Teachers will continue to use the assessments as a means to show student strengths and identify areas where students need additional practice and support.
"The beauty of PLATO eduTest is flexibility,"said Sontag. "Flexibility to use the product in a classroom or a computer lab, as well as giving teachers a choice to conduct testing online or on paper using a Scantron option. The PLATO eduTest platform is very adaptable to our changing assessment needs."
"PLATO Learning is pleased to continue its relationship with Irvine Unified School District. The district has set high standards of excellence for students, staff, and the instructional programs the district provides,"said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning president and CEO. "We commend the district´s commitment to advancing the academic achievement of all learners and are happy to support their vision of integrating technology as a means of engaging students and preparing them for success in a technology-driven society."
"The best part about our relationship with PLATO Learning is their willingness to communicate with us about new product enhancements and help us brainstorm unique implementation ideas,"said Sontag. "Having a committed, solutions-oriented partner like PLATO Learning is precisely what our district seeks from an educational technology vendor, and we look forward to many more productive years as a PLATO Learning customer.?
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, delivered via networks, CD-ROM, the Internet, and private intranets, 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 the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as international distributors in the United Kingdom and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.
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