Duluth, GA – November 30, 2007 – In his State of the State speech last January, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said that to build a state of the future, Georgia’s children need a first-rate education. “I’m here to tell you again that my priorities have not changed,” Perdue said. “Education is the single most important factor in the future prosperity of our state.”

Curriculum Advantage, Inc., based in suburban Atlanta, is helping to educate Georgia’s children with Classworks – its flagship education software title – which has been adopted in school districts across the state, from Appling County to Wilkinson County. Most recently, Dalton Public School District in northwest Georgia became the 50th district in the state to implement Classworks.

The width and breadth of Georgia school districts using Classworks – computer-based student instruction in K-12 for English/Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics – spans the spectrum, from single-school implementations, such as Buford Middle School in Buford, Ga., to district-wide use, like with Houston County School District, which utilizes Classworks in all 35 of its schools, from Tucker Elementary to Northside Middle to Perry High School.

Whatever the particular challenge at an individual school or district, administrators, principals and teachers use Classworks to help reach their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals, improve Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores, raise at-risk students back up to grade-level and improve special education students results. Aligned with Georgia’s state standards, Classworks is perfectly suited to meet all these objectives, as well as fitting within the Pyramid of Intervention and Response to Intervention models.

Commerce Primary School, in Commerce City, brought in Classworks after the school failed to meet AYP in 2005-06. District administrators decided that Classworks was going to be an integral part of the curriculum in the coming year, hiring a curriculum director to facilitate the implementation plan. Students began spending a minimum of 20 minutes a day on Classworks, in before- and after-school tutoring, as well as in their classrooms and in the school’s computer lab. Of special concern were special education students at Commerce Primary.

After one year of Classworks instruction, Commerce Primary met AYP for 2006-07, and its special education first-graders recorded impressive gains on the CRCT, posting a
36-percentage point improvement in Mathematics (from 44 to 80 percent) and a
28-percentage point boost in Language Arts (57 to 85 percent).

“Our school board is very happy with our results,” said Dr. Pam Summey, the director of Special Education and Student Assessment for Commerce City Schools. “Classworks far exceeded our expectations. We not only raised our CRCT scores for special education students, but for all students as well.”

“We are extremely proud that Classworks is helping students all across Georgia,” said Daniel Dooley, Senior Vice President of Curriculum Advantage. “And, personally, I find it very rewarding that Classworks is being used in the school district I attended (Clarke County), as well as in my children’s schools in Oconee County.”

In Dublin City, in the center of the state, Saxon Heights Elementary has a 70 percent poverty rate. Last year students there used Classworks in 45-minute sessions twice a week and overwhelmingly met or exceeded CRCT proficiency rates in both Reading (91.3 percent) and Mathematics (97.1 percent).

“Classworks is a good investment,” said Patricia Edwards, Dublin City School District director of curriculum. “You can spend a good deal of time developing avenues to do target teaching on your own, but with Classworks, targeting data and identifying deficiencies and prescriptions are done immediately.”

Like Gov. Perdue, Curriculum Advantage’s priorities have not changed, either, as its employees continue to strive to meet the needs of Georgia’s students and educators by improving and innovating Classworks.

50 School Districts in Georgia using Classworks

Appling Co. School District

Atlanta Public Schools

Banks Co. School District
Barrow Co. School District
Ben Hill Co. School District
Berrien Co. School District
Bleckley Co. School District
Buford City School District
Calhoun Co. School District
Chattahoochee Co. School District
Chattooga Co. School District
Clarke Co. School District
Clay Co. School District
Coffee Co. School District
Commerce City School District
Cook Co. School District
Crisp Co. School District
Dalton Co. School District
Dublin City School District
Effingham Co. School District
Fayette Co. School District
Franklin Co. School District
Grady Co. School District
Greene Co. School District
Griffin Spalding Co. School District
Hart Co. School District
Heard Co. School District
Houston Co. School District
Jefferson Co. School District
Jones Co. School District
Lamar Co. School District
Lanier Co. School District
Laurens Co. School District
Long Co. School District
Marietta City Schools
Morgan Co. School District
Oconee Co. School District
Peach Co. School District
Pulaski Co. School District
Rabun Co. School District
Sumter Co. School District
Tattnall Co. School District
Telfair Co. School District
Thomaston-Upson Co. School District
Toombs Co. School District
Treutlen Co. School District
Valdosta City School District
Ware Co. School District
Washington Co. School District
Wilkinson Co. School District

About Curriculum Advantage, Inc.
Curriculum Advantage, Inc. is based in Duluth, Ga. Curriculum Advantage’s flagship product is Classworks (www.classworks.com ), a leader in computer-based student instruction in K-12 for English/Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics, was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of only a handful of computer-assisted instruction programs to demonstrate that it improves student achievement, and has earned several software industry honors. Classworks’ Language Learner Series, another component of the program, addresses English as a Second Language learning with content that focuses on auditory, visual and tactile/kinesthetic components.

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