MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 27, 2006--PLATO Learning, Inc.
(NASDAQ:TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult computer-based and
e-learning solutions, today announced that the Idaho State Board of
Education unanimously approved a one-year, $600,000 option to extend
their statewide contract with PLATO Learning to provide students with
standards-aligned curriculum and formative and benchmark assessments.
The statewide initiative is funded under Title VI of the No Child Left
Behind Act (2000).
For the past two years, the Idaho State Board of Education has
used PLATO(R) Instructional Solutions as part of its statewide
initiative to create a consistent curriculum support system to its
school districts. The program--the Idaho PLATO Learning Network
(I-PLN)--reaches K-12 schools, juvenile corrections and detention
facilities, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, adult correctional education
facilities, and College of Education teacher preparation programs.
The partnership between PLATO Learning and the Idaho Board of
Education is a statewide effort to remediate missing skills and
improve Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) scores. "The Board
wanted to offer schools another tool for remediation and advancement.
The beauty of I-PLN is each student receives individual instruction
created just for them," said Saundra DeKlotz, federal programs
manager, Idaho Board of Education. "Over the length of our
relationship, our use of PLATO(R) Solutions has grown outside of ISAT
remediation. It is a versatile program, and as our districts become
more adept with the curriculum, they find more possibilities for the
program--increasing the reach and academic impact of our initiative."
The state provides each site with access to the PLATO(R)
curriculum aligned to Idaho Achievement Standards and the ISAT in
language arts, mathematics, and reading. Schools have found success
using the curriculum across programs including ISAT test remediation,
gifted and talented instruction, credit recovery, alternative
graduation credit, and high school credit for inmates. In each
program, student ISAT RIT scores are imported into PLATO Learning's
management system. The program then prescribes a learning path with
appropriate instruction for each student.
"The Idaho Board of Education has developed best practices for
educational reform, and we are proud they selected PLATO Learning as
the key instructional tool for that initiative. We look forward to
growing our relationship and supporting the success of their educators
and students," said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning President and CEO.
Nearly every district in the state is currently using PLATO
Instruction. "Getting the technology loaded at all districts was not a
small task, especially since some districts did not have the strongest
technology infrastructure," said DeKlotz. "The ability of PLATO
Learning and districts across the state to work together has been key
to our success. That collaboration has helped us accomplish our vision
of statewide implementation."
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 networks,
CD-ROM, the Internet, 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,
corporations, and individuals. PLATO Learning is headquartered at
10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, 952.832.1000
or 800.869.2000. The Company has offices throughout North America and
international distributors in Puerto Rico and South Africa. For more
information, please visit http://www.plato.com.
PLATO(R) is a registered trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO
Learning is a trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO, Inc. is a PLATO
Learning, Inc. company.
CONTACT: PLATO Learning, Inc., Minneapolis
Michael Morache, 952-832-1000
Larry Betterley, 952-832-1000
Terri Reden, 952-832-1000
SOURCE: PLATO Learning, Inc.