New York, NY, May 17 , 2010. The State of West Virginia has announced the selection of Pearson K-12 Solutions as a comprehensive school improvement partner to turn around its underperforming schools.

State Superintendent of Education Steve Paine said, “With the federal School Improvement funding, we have unprecedented access to resources to turn around the struggling schools in our State. We owe our children a world class education so they will be prepared for college and careers. Pearson is one of the partners that has been selected because they have demonstrated the expertise to coordinate the resources needed to do the critical work of creating systemic change that will result in sustainable change for our failing schools.”

“The need to improve low-performing schools is urgent, and we’re privileged to have the opportunity to partner with the dedicated educators across West Virginia to help school districts make the changes that will turn these schools around,” said Scott Drossos, president of Pearson’s K-12 Solutions Group. “Superintendent Paine and the state of West Virginia have clearly demonstrated their commitment to improving struggling schools, and we are ready to begin this hard work now.”

A division of Pearson, the world’s leading education services and technology company, Pearson K-12 Solutions engages in multi-year state and district partnerships to foster school improvement, create innovative new models and custom solutions, and to help turn around failing schools.

Drossos noted, “Our research based School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) model helps schools make fundamental changes and sustain improvements for the long term. We have the opportunity to draw from Pearson’s vast research based and proven resources — including curriculum, assessment, technology, and teacher professional development products and services — to create a customized, coherent improvement plan for the struggling schools in the state of West Virginia.”

Pearson’s model includes a combination of core elements that have helped improve underperforming schools for years, and has consistently demonstrated gains in student achievement as well as in school culture and distributed leadership.
Pearson’s K-12 Solutions School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) model includes ten change elements to help schools:
1. Systematically Plan for School Improvement
2. Develop Instructional Leadership
3. Create Collaborative Education Partnerships
4. Emphasize School Culture
5. Embed Achievement Support
6. Align Curriculum
7. Optimize Conditions for Teaching & Learning
8. Foster Knowledge Driven Decision-making
9. Utilize Technology for Learning
10. Evaluate for Continuous Improvement
Drossos said that Pearson is making unprecedented levels of investment in new models for education and that the company is committed to providing a broad spectrum of solutions and services to schools to ensure that their teachers and students are successful.

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