MINNEAPOLIS–May 3, 2007–PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K?adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA-DOC) to provide a complete K?adult curriculum for the state?s correctional facilities. Under the agreement, PLATO Learning will work with the Department to create a customized reading, math, life skills, and G.E.D preparation curriculum that is aligned with national and state developmental education standards.
PA-DOC needed a spiral K?adult curriculum that offered robust administrative management and reporting functions and also required a distributed network model capable of operating in a computer lab without Internet access–a common requirement of correctional programs. After looking at several competitors, the Department realized that only PLATO Learning gave them the content, training, and operational support it needed.
For PA-DOC, one of the most attractive features of the PLATO Learning program is the PLATO® Fastrack Curriculum Placement Test. Using the PLATO® system, educators in the corrections system can view individualized progress reports for each inmate, which give detailed descriptions of academic gains and time-on-task. This allows instructors to better understand inmates? individual areas of academic deficiency and create personalized course sequences to ensure subject mastery.
While the outcome data is not yet available on grade-level gains and GED attainment-rate improvements resulting from the PLATO Learning program, the Department.foresees that the software will make a significant difference in learning outcomes for its inmates.
"PLATO Learning is pleased to be working with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections," said Ric Ferrentino, PLATO Learning senior vice president, post-secondary sales. "We commend the Department?s commitment to providing its inmates with an opportunity to learn, and we support the Department?s vision of integrating technology as a means of preparing incarcerated individuals for success in a technology-driven society."
With PLATO Learning, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is helping educate inmates in the hope that they will become productive members of the community upon their release from the corrections system. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections currently uses the PLATO Learning software at the State Correctional Institute at Fayette, the State Correctional Institute at Forest, and the State Correctional Institute at Frackville. Thus far, the Department?s implementation has been so successful, it is planning to expand its use to an additional six corrections sites in 2007 and 2008.
About PLATO LearningPLATO 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.