Rancho Cordova, CA, July 13, 2010 – Pearson, the global leader in education technology and services, today announced that Anadarko School District 120 (Anadarko) in Oklahoma has chosen to upgrade their PowerSchool implementation to: PowerSchool – Studio Edition. This decision will extend the capabilities of PowerSchool to further drive student achievement and enable personalized learning.
Located in southwestern Oklahoma’s Caddo County, 60 miles from Oklahoma City, Anadarko manages five K-12 schools. Anadarko selected Pearson’s PowerSchool – Studio Edition to help teachers connect the dots between student learning and measurable student performance. Anadarko also purchased Pearson’s: Prevent™: application that identifies students at risk of dropping out of school.
“We were looking for an assessment platform that could tie together the various types of student data that we must have in order to guide instruction and that also would provide an aligned test item bank that could be used for K-12 reading and math benchmark tests and formative assessments,” said Cindy Hackney, Anadarko assistant superintendent.
“We had also been searching for a system that could incorporate both academic and behavior data into the district’s Pyramid of Intervention framework,” Hackney said. “With PowerSchool – Studio Edition we found were able to meet all of our district data and assessment needs with one platform that ties directly into our PowerSchool student information system.”
Released in 2009 as “Project Tapestry,” PowerSchool – Studio Edition’s web-based connected learning environment will offer Anadarko several advantages. PowerSchool – Studio Edition will provide Anadarko’s K-12 schools with a platform for integrating digital content and assessments with analytics, advanced web tools, and PowerSchool in real time through a web browser. With Prevent, administrators and teachers can analyze student data, such as grade point average, attendance, behavior records and test scores to identify those students at risk of dropping out of school, allowing counselors to respond proactively and quickly to students’ needs.
“This platform will also store state testing data, along with other math and reading software data that will enable us to run real-time comparison reports to assess individual student progress,” Hackney said. “PowerSchool – Studio Edition will allow us to follow each student’s progress throughout the year and adjust instruction to that student’s needs in a much more efficient and timely manner.”
PowerSchool will serve as the information backbone for Anadarko. Through its robust set of communications tools, PowerSchool effectively creates an interactive dialogue between parents, students, and teachers.
“With the right technology infrastructure, Anadarko teachers can make timely, strategic decisions about student performance based on quick and easy access to data,” said Paul Fletcher, President of the School Systems group of Pearson. “By selecting PowerSchool – Studio Edition and Prevent, districts like Anadarko can create an open, integrated solution that enables the district focus on personalized learning to drive student achievement.”
PowerSchool – Studio Edition is part of Pearson’s recently announced: K12 Learning Suite, which offers districts a unique path to accelerate student performance and enable personalized learning. Pearson’s K12 Learning Suite integrates data, analytics, and digital content to engage learners, involve parents, and give educators the tools to make real-time, student-centered decisions.
Anadarko plans to begin implementing PowerSchool – Studio Edition in September, focusing on assessments and analytics. The district will implement Prevent and will add online course management and collaboration and communication tools as soon as possible.
For more information on PowerSchool – Studio Edition, Prevent, and the Pearson K12 Learning Suite, visit:: http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education 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, go to: www.pearsoned.com.