Follett Partners With Cengage’s National Geographic Learning

Partnership creates one-stop shop for Cengage’s premier K-12 product lines


McHENRY, Ill., Sept. 23, 2015 –Follett has partnered with National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning, to provide its customers with convenient access to NGL’s catalog of textbooks and supplemental materials in both print and digital form. NGL is the K-12 brand for Cengage Learning – a leading educational content, technology, and services company – following Cengage’s acquisition of National Geographic School Publishing.

Drawing on the real-world accounts of National Geographic explorers, scientists, writers and photographers, NGL offers a wide range of programs that support Pre-K to AP instructors and engage students with vibrant content and digital learning tools. Stunning National Geographic photography, video, and illustrations are all a hallmark of NGL content.

“We create learning materials that bring the world to the classroom, and now this partnership allows Follett to provide schools with personalized materials to fit their needs,” said Vincent Grosso, senior vice president, NGL. “When the right materials are in place, teachers can focus on teaching and students get the best learning experience.”

NGL’s engaging K-12 textbooks feature Career and Technical Education and Advanced, Honors and Electives programs including, “The American Pageant” (Kennedy/Cohen); “Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach” (Larson); “American Government: Institutions and Policies” (Wilson/Dilulio/Bose); and “World of Chemistry” (Zumdahl/Zumdahl/DeCoste).

“We are thrilled to partner with National Geographic Learning/Cengage because they understand learning evolves when students are engaged with their course materials,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions, who joined Follett last year from Cengage Learning’s Gale business. “By allowing access to NGL’s content in both digital and print formats, customers are able to further rely on Follett to round out their curricular needs with the most appropriate content in its most convenient form.”

For more information about Follett, visit; for more information about National Geographic Learning, visit


About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning|

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, adult education and ELT markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society to the academic and library markets worldwide.


About Follett’s PreK-12 Business|
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.


About Follett Corporation|

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on nearly 1,200 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.


AASA Applauds Congressional Efforts to Support Internet Access at Home

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 22, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today commending U.S. policymakers in response to the introduction of the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015.

“AASA is pleased to support the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, an important piece of legislation that will help narrow the equity and learning gaps that exist between students who have access to the Internet at home and those who do not.

“AASA worked hard to support the effort to modernize the E-Rate program to ensure our nation’s schools and the students they serve have access to broadband in schools and libraries. As educators increasingly assign Internet-related homework, it is important that we support efforts to ensure all students have equal opportunity to complete their homework at home. This bill does just that by providing students and their families with access to Internet at home, empowering them to accomplish important tasks like completing homework, applying for colleges and seeking post-graduation employment. We look forward to working with U.S. Reps. Peter Welch and David McKinley to move this bill forward to support the expansion of at-home access to the Internet.”

For specific questions about the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit


Apperson Expands Its Higher-Education Solutions with
Evo Academics for Scan Centers


Comprehensive service supports the creation, delivery, scoring, and analysis
of online or paper-based exams


Charlotte, N.C. – Aug. 18, 2015 – Assessment leader Apperson has expanded its solutions for higher education with Evo Academics for Scan Centers, a new assessment management solution designed specifically for colleges and universities. The solution combines high-speed scanning and best-in-class support with a cloud-based platform for test scoring, reporting, analysis, communication, and online testing.


“Higher education scan centers are responsible for handling large amounts of data every day,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “With Evo Academics for Scan Centers, we’re providing a comprehensive assessment management solution that will make this process easier and more reliable while providing educators instant reporting and analysis.”


Evo Academics for Scan Centers supports the delivery, scoring, and analysis of online or paper-based exams. Users can create and deliver assessments online, via paper and pencil, or a combination of the two—and they can access all the data in one convenient, cloud-based application.


Evo’s assessment creation platform and student portal are optimized for online exams. Instructors can create short answer, essay, and other question types in addition to multiple choice and true/false questions. They can include passages, images, or videos to enhance question content; build and store rubrics online and use them to grade responses quickly and intuitively; set an optional time limit for online assessments; view open and completed assessments; and create, save, print, and reuse assessments over time.


With paper-based assessments, Apperson’s high-speed Sekonic scanners can scan up to 5,500 sheets per hour. The scanners connect to a computer using a simple USB cable.


The reporting and analysis tools built into Evo Academics for Scan Centers empower instructors to reach a deeper understanding of student learning and institutional effectiveness. With interactive item analysis, instructors can evaluate success at a glance or zoom in on specific questions and students. A live results grid allows instructors to watch results arrive in real time and make corrections on the fly. Users also can generate an Excel Workbook with class results or export results to Canvas by Instructure and Brightspace by Desire2Learn, with more gradebook integration to come.


Apperson’s Assessment Specialists will work directly with any college or university to propose a comprehensive solution—including scanners, forms, software, implementation, and training—that fully meets its unique needs.


To learn more, visit


About Apperson

At Apperson, our mission is to maximize potential. We advance educational and professional development by providing innovative services and solutions designed to assess performance and measure success. This results in greater knowledge and enriched outcomes for students and teachers alike.


As an education industry leader in providing assessment and data solutions to both the Higher Ed and K12 markets, Apperson’s innovative approach to assessment, test scoring and reporting couples the proven technology of scanners with our award-winning online platform, Evo Academic, providing the convenience and flexibility required in today’s demanding educational  environment.


Alabama Districts Choosing Odysseyware to Meet State Mandated Online Course Mandate

State Mandate requires all districts to provide online courses to High School Students, both Pike and Henry County Schools adopt Odysseyware  


(CHANDLER, Ariz.) Sept. 23, 2015 – In response to a bill recently passed by the Alabama State Legislature that requires each of its districts to provide virtual courses for high school students by the 2016-2017 school year, Alabama districts are choosing Odysseyware, a leading provider of online curriculum for 21st Century learners, to meet the new requirements.


Schools searching for online providers have discovered Odysseyware’s virtually limitless course customization functionality and credit recovery is the ideal solution to meet this new state mandate. Educators and administrators can easily personalize any course or unit to fit their district requirements and individual needs of students alike. Students have the freedom to work at their own pace and in a comfortable learning environment. Additionally, Odysseyware’s courses meet the Alabama Content Standards.


“Odysseyware provides flexibility outside the structure of a school master schedule.  We can offer classes anytime, even if they do not show up in our master schedule until the next school term. Additionally, Odysseyware’s credit recovery courses allow our students to quickly regain previously lost credits,” said Jeff McClure, Director of Alternative Learning at Pike County Schools. “This level of flexibility allows Pike’s students to either rejoin their graduation cohorts or at the very least accelerate the anticipated graduation date.”


“We are excited to partner with districts across Alabama to help them blaze the trail for online and blended learning. Ensuring our curriculum helps our partners meet mandates like this one is an extremely high priority for us,” said Odysseyware President Beth Te Grotenhuis. “With the balance of online curriculum, technology, instruction, as well as other support tools and resources Odysseyware is excited to support the needs and expand learning opportunities for Alabama students.”


“Here in Henry County we use our Alternative School (Virtual Campus) two ways. In the traditional school for students that are placed for discipline, and the other is our Innovative Pathways to Graduation (IPG) for our at-risk students,” said Chris Padget, Assistant Superintendent at Henry County Alternative School. “Each student has a different path they can follow through Odysseyware. Younger students will work at the Virtual Campus in their least restrictive environment which enables them to focus strictly on the curriculum in Odysseyware.”


The Alabama State Legislature, Superintendent, and Board of Education recognize there are thousands of students who can benefit from a personalized learning environment outside of the traditional school model. They also see the prominence of online learning in higher education so preparing students at a young age will be beneficial to their educational journey.


For more information about how Odysseyware can help your district meet this new mandate, please visit them at


About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit or call 877-795-8904.