October 15, 2008
PLATO Learning Wins Two EDDIE Awards From ComputED Gazette
PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult computer-based and e-learning solutions, today announced PLATO(R) Courses and PLATO(R) Test Packs with Prescriptions on the PLATO Learning Environment(TM) (PLE(TM)) were named winners in the ComputED Gazette's 13th Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIEs). The EDDIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with technology to foster educational excellence. Winners are selected from titles submitted by software publishers around the world.
PLATO Test Packs with Prescriptions on PLE--recognized as the Best Online Assessment Tool in the Teacher Tools Category--provide grade-level fixed benchmark assessments for grades 2-11 in reading/language arts and mathematics. PLATO Test Packs use assessment results to diagnose learning gaps and prescribe individualized learning paths to PLATO(R) instructional content based on each student's unique learning gaps. State-specific Test Packs--available for 33 states--are based on key objectives within state content/curriculum standards. The National Test Packs are designed using NCTE and NCTM standards, as well as standards from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation index of "A" states.
PLATO Courses--honored as Best Multi-Subject Website in the High School Category--provide a whole-course option for earning course credit in an online learning environment. Forty-six (46) semester-long courses in the four core subject areas allow students to rapidly complete courses, recover credits, or earn first-time credit to open up schedules for electives and progress toward graduation. PLATO Courses provide rigorous, engaging instructional content to help school districts achieve dramatic increases in recovered credits and graduation rates.
An example of this success is in Fulton County Schools, an 81,000 student district in Atlanta, Georgia. In two years Fulton County Schools' credit recovery program has grown to more than 1,400 students completing 996 courses in the 2007-08 school year. The district has credited a decrease in dropouts and more high school graduates in part to the successful credit recovery program using PLATO Courses.
PLATO Courses are equally effective in large, urban districts such as Fulton County Schools as in smaller programs, such as the program at Delano High School in Minnesota. "Thanks to PLATO Learning, we have boosted our graduation rate to more than 99 percent," said T. Joseph Vieau, assistant principal at Delano High School. "We are offering opportunities that allow us to keep our students on campus and maintain high levels of rigor and quality control. Students at Delano High School are successful using PLATO Learning, boasting an impressive 88 percent completion rate."
"We are honored to receive EDDIE Awards for two of our most popular products," said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning president and CEO. "PLATO Learning is committed to developing effective education solutions that enhance the teaching and learning infrastructure in America, and we are pleased to be recognized as one of the best K-12 curriculum companies in the industry."
Including these most recent EDDIE awards, PLATO Learning has been honored with nearly 30 industry honors for its product innovations since 2006.
About PLATO Learning
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills. The Company also offers innovative online assessment and accountability solutions and standards-based professional development services. With over 6,000 hours of objective-based, problem-solving courseware, plus assessment, alignment, and curriculum management tools, we create standards-based curricula that facilitate learning and school improvement.
PLATO Learning is a publicly held company traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ. PLATO Learning educational software, delivered via the Internet, CD-ROM, and private intranets, is primarily marketed to K-12 schools and colleges. The Company also sells to job training programs, correctional institutions, military education programs, and corporations.
PLATO Learning is headquartered at 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, 952.832.1000 or 800.869.2000. The Company has offices throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as international distributors in the United Kingdom and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.
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