MINNEAPOLIS – May 26, 2011 – PLATO Learning, a leading provider of education technology solutions, has been recognized with a Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Award in the Best Virtual School Solution for Students category. SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries and the CODiE Awards recognize excellence in the education technology industry.

“PLATO Learning is proud to be recognized with a CODiE Award this year in the Best Virtual School Solution for Students category,” said Vin Riera, chief executive officer for PLATO Learning. “We are honored to be included in this exclusive list of winners, as the CODiE’s honor companies who are providing innovative, robust solutions that help to increase student achievement.”

The 425 nominated products and services were reviewed by third-party judges, who then narrowed the field down to 113 finalists. SIIA members reviewed these finalists and voted to select 30 winners. The CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now SIIA, so pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since being established in 1986, the CODiE Awards program has showcased the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.

“Now in its 26th year, the CODiE Awards continue to recognize those companies providing the best new technology products and services across a broad array of industries,” noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. “In addition, its winners are a prolific testament to the power of technology to deliver innovative solutions to businesses and consumers. SIIA warmly congratulates all of the winners and nominees of the CODiE Awards, whose innovation is essential for continuing America’s leadership in the global knowledge economy,” Wasch continued.

The full list of CODiE Award winners is available at www.siia.net/codies/2011/winners.asp.

About PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of high-value, comprehensive education technology solutions with a focus on learner achievement leading to academic and career success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, PLATO offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to facilitate 21st century teaching and learning. For more information on PLATO Learning, visit www.plato.com, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 150 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

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