Pearson to Utilize the Power of Digital to Help Students Develop Better Writing Skills

Digital writing resource, Pearson Writer, now integrated with Microsoft Word


NEW YORK – Aug. 1, 2016 – Today, Pearson announced that it’s expanding the power of digital technology to help students build strong writing skills. Now, Pearson Writer digital writing resources are integrated with Microsoft Word, providing students access to support for improving their writing skills.


According to the 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report created by Payscale, 44 percent of hiring managers feel writing proficiency is the hard skill most lacking among recent college graduates. Now, when students are writing with Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Word 2013 or later, they will have access to support that helps build the writing skills that today’s employers are looking for in new hires. Pearson Writer helps students manage writing and research projects and get answers to their questions from trusted, searchable content. It’s accessible anytime, anywhere—from any device including laptops, desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.


“This integration of two powerful digital tools presents today’s learners with a tremendous opportunity to build an essential life skill, one that is particularly critical, coveted, and too often lacking in today’s workforce,” said Paul Corey, managing director for Higher Education Courseware, Pearson.


Asking learners to work on the same task in multiple, disparate locations splits their attention unnecessarily and adds to extraneous cognitive load, as shown by Richard Mayer’s research detailed in his book, Multimedia Learning. To enhance the learning experience and improve achievement, Pearson Writer now includes an Add-In for Word, which is accessible in a side panel within Word. This allows students to view and edit their outlines, add citations and bibliographies, and find resources in the Writer’s Guide quickly and easily while they write in the same space where they compose.


“The Pearson Writer Add-In for Microsoft Word helps students improve their writing and research skills,” said Rob Howard, director of Ecosystem, Microsoft.


Pearson Writer has been used by more than 350,000 students at over 500 colleges and universities nationwide. In addition, 81 percent of learners agree that Pearson Writer helped them better prepare for writing assignments. Nine out of 10 students agree that Pearson Writer was easy to use.


“I have a hard time planning for essays, and I usually procrastinate. However, Pearson Writer gave me example essays, an easy way to plan for my essay, citations in MLA format, and was easy to use. Using Pearson Writer, I got an A on my assignment,” said Yasmeene Younis, a student at Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio.


To learn more about the Pearson Writer integration with Word, visit


About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit


Edgenuity Expands Leadership in Online and Blended Learning with Acquisition of Compass Learning

Edgenuity Now Empowers All Learners and Improves Student Outcomes from Kindergarten through High School

August 01, 2016 02:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edgenuity, a leader in online and blended learning solutions, today announced a major acquisition that will expand Edgenuity’s reach across the entire K-12 educational spectrum – empowering schools to achieve their academic goals and improve outcomes for all students. Edgenuity has acquired education software provider Compass Learning, creating the market’s most powerful and comprehensive suite of digital curriculum products.

“Quality education must start from day one and now is the right time for a provider that can span each critical stage of learning, from elementary to the middle grades to high school, and deliver improved student outcomes across the board,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “Edgenuity is the leader in courseware for grades 6-12 and Compass Learning has enjoyed a long history in the market for intervention and skills instruction in K-8 math, reading and language arts. Together, we will address schools’ most critical needs across the K-12 spectrum.”

Compass Learning gives Edgenuity a full K-12 math and English language arts curriculum product line, enabling Edgenuity to more effectively meet the growing demand of school leaders and teachers for personalized, targeted learning at all grade levels. The combination reinforces both companies’ acclaimed rigor and commitment to delivering high-quality online content and courses aligned to state standards.

Compass Learning, based in Austin, Texas, offers software for blended learning, intervention and inquiry-based personalized learning. Compass Learning products help pinpoint and close skill and concept gaps and move students forward academically with explicit instruction, supported practice, independent practice and ongoing formative assessment.

“The ed-tech industry is rapidly growing and evolving – with an increasing need for data to drive personalized instruction and support blended learning in the classroom,” continued Factor. “Schools need a provider to help them implement effective strategies to integrate online curriculum. Both Edgenuity and Compass Learning have established strong reputations for delivering engaging, research-based solutions that propel learning. Together, we are well-equipped to realize our mission of helping all students achieve academic success.”

Edgenuity’s headquarters will remain in Scottsdale, Arizona, and will maintain an office in Austin, Texas. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Edgenuity

Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and services with implementations in 8 of the top 10 school districts in the U.S. Our rigorous, standards-aligned digital content is fully flexible for use in any online or blended learning model to support a personalized learning environment, from NCAA-approved virtual courses to honors and Advanced Placement offerings to test preparation, credit recovery, and intervention. Edgenuity’s Blended Learning Services, Instructional Services and Professional Development offerings, as well as supplemental programs such as Edgenuity MyPath, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online learning programs. For more information,

About Compass Learning

Known for its academic rigor based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn, Compass Learning partners with educators to ensure that students achieve record academic results, one learner at a time. Its K–12 learning acceleration software combines a research-driven instructional approach and actionable data with engaging digital content so students have fun while making real progress. Supported by innovative professional development, Compass Learning is a comprehensive answer for educators who want to inspire and facilitate students’ efforts on the path to success. Based in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 2 million students and 70,000 teachers in 10,000 schools across the United States.


Reading Horizons Launches New Teacher Platform to Manage Blended Learning

Accelerate integrates digital curriculum and features lesson planning tools, PD resources, and a community forum


(Salt Lake City, UT) August 1, 2016 – Reading Horizons, committed to providing an effective reading curriculum to educational institutions for more than 30 years, today introduced Reading Horizons Accelerate™, an educator platform designed to provide free resources for teachers and implementation support for Reading Horizons products in a blended learning environment. The new Reading Horizons Accelerate platform fully integrates with and supports the digital curriculums for Reading Horizons Discovery® (K-3) and Reading Horizons Elevate®  (Grades 4-12), making implementation simple, sustainable, and successful.

Reading Horizons Accelerate is the next step in blended learning planning and instruction for educators using our literacy curriculum,” said Tyson Smith, the president and CEO of Reading Horizons. “We are dedicated to providing educators and students with the best possible solutions to increase literacy skills and reading comprehension. With clear and easy-to-follow lesson summaries, on-demand professional development resources, a lesson planning tool, and the addition of online forums, teachers can focus on teaching their students rather than spending hours on planning, tracking, and reporting.”

Lesson Planning Made Easy

Accelerate provides online support for teachers in four unique ways. The Lesson Planner allows teachers who are using Reading Horizons to generate timelines that pace instruction for days, weeks, and months in advance. The calendar view provides the instructional plan for any specific day and compares individual and class progress to the timeline, ensuring that all students are on track. The lesson plan can be designed for an entire class and customized for special groups such as English language learners or intervention groups. Student data is gathered directly from the software allowing teachers to view results by lesson, by student, and by class. This digital dashboard gives educators a quick view of student progress in order to make informed decisions when planning and to determine which students need intervention.

Reading Horizons Accelerate also includes lesson summaries that display each section of a lesson, its content, and the materials to accompany the lesson. Each lesson links to teacher manuals and instructional videos that support implementation and downloadable lesson materials. Reinforcement and differentiation activities are available as printed practice pages and aligned to the software.

All Your Resources in One Place

A limited version of Reading Horizons Accelerate is available free for educators and includes access to the Resources page and the Community Forum. The Resources page provides professional development assets such as videos on a variety of reading skills in addition to teacher downloads for games, reading records, assessments, practice pages and much more. All downloadable activities are printable and the videos present a detailed walkthrough of the Reading Horizons method with explanations for implementing reading instruction with fidelity.

Find Your Community

The Accelerate Community Forum is another free resource for teachers and provides opportunities to ask questions, share reading best practices, and highlight tips for instruction. This professional community, open to all Accelerate users, allows educators to post questions or share ideas that will be available to everyone. 

For more information and to register, please visit  

About Reading Horizons

For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and effort to perfecting a reading method that has proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. Reading Horizons products are research-based and use a multisensory system that provides explicit, systematic, and sequential decoding instruction. For more information, please visit


School Bus Safety Company Partners with Scenario Learning to Provide Online School Bus Safety Training
Premium driver training courses now available through the award-winning SafeSchools Online Training System
CINCINNATI (Aug. 1, 2016) — According to the American School Bus Council, an estimated 480,000 school buses carry 26 million children — more than half of America’s school children — each day, making school buses the largest form of mass transit in the U.S. and driver training a top priority for school districts.
To help keep students safe, Scenario Learning, the leading developer of safety compliance solutions for schools, colleges and workplaces, and School Bus Safety Company (SBSC), the leading resource for school bus driving training, announce a partnership to deliver premium SBSC training courses online through the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System. The market-leading safety and compliance training system now offers SBSC’s Driver Training Course, comprised of 25 modules on important topics every bus driver should know to safely transport students.
To learn more about the partnership, visit here.

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic Receives Highest Ratings from the Center on Response to Intervention

Online reading and mathematics assessment for grades K–12 meets high psychometric and screening standards


NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 1, 2016—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic for Reading and Mathematics recently received the highest ratings on the Screening Tool chart from the Center on Response to Intervention (Center on RTI) at American Institutes for Research. The ratings signify the validity and reliability ofi-Ready Diagnostic as a K–12 assessment that meets high psychometric and screening standards.


The Center on RTI is a national leader in supporting the successful implementation and scale-up of RTI and its components. Its Technical Review Committee reviewed i-Ready Diagnostic based on its Classification Accuracy, Generalizability, Reliability, Validity, and Disaggregated Reliability, Validity, and Classification Data for Diverse Populations.  The program received the highest possible designations—“Convincing Evidence” or “Broad”—across all of these technical standards.


i-Ready Diagnostic also recently received near-perfect ratings on the Academic Progress Monitoring Tool chart by the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) of the American Institutes for Research. NCII is a nationally recognized technical assistance center that supports the implementation of data-based individualization in Reading, Mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs. Collectively, the ratings from the Center on RTI and NCII signify the high quality of i-Ready Diagnostic as a screening and progress monitoring tool that meets strong technical standards.


“We are very proud of the ratings we’ve received from the Center on RTI and NCII,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “They represent both the commitment to excellence and intensive research that our team put into making i-Ready Diagnostic the most reliable assessment choice for schools and districts.”


The i-Ready Diagnostic ratings are available on the Center on RTI website at


About i-Ready

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready helps students make real gains. i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas where a student is struggling, measures growth across a student’s career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.


To learn more about i-Ready, visit


About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.