New York – August 24, 2010 – In the 2010 National Education Technology Plan, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan clearly states, “The challenge for our education system is to leverage the learning sciences and modern technology to create engaging, relevant, and personalized learning experiences for all learners that mirror students’ daily lives and the reality of their futures.”

To achieve Secretary Duncan’s goal and ensure America’s students are college- and career-ready, the education services and technology company Pearson today announced extensive enhancements to three of its well-established digital learning platforms: Waterford Early Learning, SuccessMaker, and NovaNET.

“Our continued investment in education technology is evidence of our ongoing commitment to personalized learning for students of all ages – from pre-kindergarten through high school, and beyond. These innovative digital curriculum programs include embedded assessments and adapt directly to each child’s learning style,” said Bob Roliardi, President of Pearson’s Digital Learning.

The enhancements start with digital learning in the early grades with Waterford Early Learning, a curriculum solution from Pearson designed to build early foundations in reading, math and science for grades K through 2. Beginning this month, Waterford Early Learning will now include
• Improvements in the pacing and responsiveness of the curriculum based on the Waterford Institute’s analysis of student performance data;
• A shorter and more engaging assessment to place students within the curriculum according to need; and
• Improved reporting to provide more data on student performance.

In addition to these enhancements, Waterford Early Learning’s new interactive whiteboard lessons also enable teachers to extend learning into small-group and whole-class instruction.

Beginning this month, Pearson’s renowned K-8 one-on-one personalized learning program SuccessMaker will include the following components:
• A skills-based placement assessment for grades K-2 that determines the optimum starting point in reading courses for the youngest learners, allowing for a more personalized learning experience;
• Fresh practice activities, games, and multimedia lessons; and
• A new, secure, district-hosted web-based delivery option that provides student access from anywhere via a standard web browser.

Pearson has also extended SuccessMaker instruction to small-group and whole-class collaborative learning with the new SuccessMaker Collaborate program for the interactive whiteboard.

Middle, high school and adult learners are also benefiting from Pearson’s investment in digital education, as enhancements were made to NovaNET’s platform recently. NovaNET now offers
• New government, environmental science, and pre-algebra courses with integrated videos and animations, interactive charts and tables, and embedded assessments;
• More practice questions with corresponding instruction and feedback, all geared at enhancing student understanding; and
• Multimedia lessons and assessments on topics relevant to students’ lives like citizenship, issues of our time, government in your life, and career opportunities.

All of these enrichments to Waterford Early Learning, SuccessMaker, and NovaNET are available for customers immediately, and the standards-aligned programs qualify for federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More information can be found online at

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about Pearson, go to

About Pearson Digital
Pearson Digital is a leader in digital and online learning through its Waterford Early Learning programs that now have more than 1 million Pre-Kindergarten through second grade students logging on; its SuccessMaker program for Kindergarten through grade 8 with more than two million users globally; and the NovaNET program providing comprehensive personalized online curriculum for middle school through adult learners to help meet the need for credit recovery, drop-out prevention and response to intervention needs serving more than 3 million students in the past 10 years. For more information, visit

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