October 13, 2008

Public Schools Partnering With EdisonLearning Recognized for Achievement Success and Performance

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Education and individual state departments of education have recognized achievement gains at three EdisonLearning schools, all part of EdisonLearning's national network of more than 100 schools in 23 states. In addition, two principals in EdisonLearning's Hawaii partnership schools were honored by their statewide peers.

Northmoor-Edison Primary School in Peoria, Ill., a school with at least 40 percent of its students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, received the prestigious "Blue Ribbon Award" from the U.S. Department of Education for dramatically improving student performance on state tests. Eight years ago, about half of the tested students at Northmoor-Edison met state standards. Now, almost 90 percent of the students meet the standards.

As one of 320 U.S. schools selected for the award, Northmoor-Edison is, "an example of what teachers and students can achieve," said Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. "Now our challenge is to help other schools follow Northmoor-Edison's lead by continuing to measure progress through the No Child Left Behind Act and by using the knowledge we've gained to replicate effective strategies and help every student improve."

Northmoor-Edison Primary School is one of three Peoria schools partnering with EdisonLearning. The others, Rolling Acres-Edison School and Franklin-Edison School, have also shown dramatic gains in student achievement. Like Northmoor, they have also met the federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act by making adequate yearly progress (AYP) during the last two school years, and continue to be among the highest performing schools in the district.

Jeremiah Grey-Edison Elementary School in Indianapolis has been designated a "4-Star School" by the Indiana Department of Education. This designation indicates that the school has met AYP and performed in the top 25 percent among all the schools in the state in each of the four measured areas. Those areas include attendance rate; language-arts proficiency score; mathematics proficiency score; and percentage of students meeting state standards in both English/language arts and mathematics.

Jeremiah Grey-Edison is one of two EdisonLearning partnership schools in Indianapolis. The other, Rosa Parks-Edison Elementary, also met the federal AYP requirements for the second straight year.

San Jose-Edison Academy in West Covina, Calif., received the 2008 California Distinguished School Award for the second time in four years. Approximately 1,500 schools were nominated for the state's highest education honor, and San Jose-Edison was the only school honored from the West Covina district.

In addition to receiving recognition from the state, San Jose-Edison Academy has also consistently met the AYP requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Additionally, two principals in EdisonLearning's Hawaii partnership schools won awards for their performance. Ruth Silberstein of Palolo Elementary School in Honolulu was awarded the National Distinguished Principal of the Year award for Hawaii, and Myron Monte of Dole Middle School in Honolulu received the Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award. Both principals have been working with EdisonLearning since the inception of the company's partnership with Hawaii in 2005, and both have brought about significant improvements in student achievement.

EdisonLearning works with school leaders and communities to provide solutions that inspire students to think, learn, and succeed. We partner with public educators to create or support improvement in schools that help students achieve lasting gains in performance and prepare them to meet their full potential and the expectations of the 21st century workplace.

    CONTACT:  Michael Serpe, EdisonLearning              [email protected]              212-419-1744  


CONTACT: Michael Serpe of EdisonLearning, +1-212-419-1744,[email protected]