Minneapolis, August 14, 2007 — PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced an agreement with El Paso (Texas) Independent School District (ISD) to provide online credit recovery and state test remediation solutions utilizing PLATO Learning´s complete library of secondary intervention content and PLATO® Courses–40 whole-semester online courses. El Paso ISD is the seventh-largest school district in Texas, with 63,000 enrolled students at more than 90 sites.
The district will begin its PLATO Learning implementation at 15 secondary schools, which include traditional high schools and alternative high schools, to help prepare students for the statewide Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) examination. The district´s PLATO Learning solution includes TAKS Connect–an integrated test utility that aligns PLATO® instructional content with student results on the state assessment in order to provide remediation in the content areas where students demonstrate a need for improvement.
"We wanted anywhere, anytime access to our credit recovery and intervention courseware," said Charlie Geach, science facilitator for El Paso ISD. "I have worked with online learning for many years, so the web-based aspect of the PLATO Learning curriculum was perfect for our needs."
Geach and other decision makers in the district agreed PLATO Learning had the right solution for their credit recovery needs because of the products´ extensive features, including ongoing assessment, robust reporting, and helping to support key concepts that students are learning in the classroom while aligning content to state curriculum and exam standards. "One of the biggest attractions for us was the seamless alignment to Texas standards," said Geach. "PLATO Learning is the only solution with a diagnostic and prescriptive TAKS component, which will help our faculty target the specific concepts our students need to learn to succeed on the test."
For El Paso ISD, the PLATO Learning curriculum offered an excellent value, given the rigorous content and alignment to state standards. The district will begin measuring success immediately by tracking graduation rates and test scores for graduating seniors, eventually tracking test scores for incoming freshmen as a means of comparison. In the future, Geach also hopes to use PLATO Learning software to help prepare students for course-specific high school exit exams, which are mandated by Texas law beginning in 2010. "I´d also like to start reaching kids before high school and middle school," said Geach, "to provide additional help to students before credit recovery is needed. With the flexible PLATO Learning content delivered over the web, it will be easy to enhance our existing program by incorporating middle school or elementary school content."
"PLATO Learning has a long history and track record of serving public education in the state of Texas," said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning president and CEO. "We are excited our company has been selected to participate in this important program for retaining and boosting the academic achievement of students at El Paso ISD."
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.