MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2006--PLATO Learning, Inc.
(NASDAQ:TUTR), a leading provider of K-adult computer-based and
e-learning solutions, is pleased to announce that Lafourche Parish
Public Schools and St. James Parish Schools (Louisiana) have selected
the PLATO Learning Environment(TM) (PLE(TM)) for their computer-based
assessment and instruction. Together, the agreements totaled more than
The PLATO Learning Environment, released in June 2006 and licensed
on a subscription basis via an Internet application service provider
(ASP), integrates key aspects of the educational process--managing and
delivering online courses and instructional content, assessing student
progress and prescribing individualized instruction, managing
standards, and reporting and analyzing data.
"The primary reason we chose to migrate to the ASP delivered PLE
is to shift the support burden from our Parish to PLATO Learning. We
now have the use of PLATO Learning managed centrally by one person
instead of having multiple platforms and multiple support staff at
each school site dedicated to PLATO Learning," said Linda Dangerfield,
special education supervisor, Lafourche Parish Public Schools.
The PLATO Learning Environment unites all of the PLATO Learning
Solutions used by the Parishes in one cohesive system that follows the
PLATO(R) Student Achievement Model: Assess, Align, Instruct, Evaluate.
First, the Parishes Assess all students through the use of PLATO(R)
Assessment. The Parishes Align instructional resources to their
textbooks, Louisiana content standards, and the Louisiana
comprehensive curriculum using PLATO(R) Correlations available with
PLE. Teachers then Instruct using individual learning paths prescribed
through PLATO(R) Test Packs with Prescriptions. Finally, parents,
teachers, schools, and districts Evaluate success by monitoring
progress through the reporting features of the PLATO Learning
Dr. P. Edward Cancienne, superintendent, St. James Parish added,
"The best part of the PLATO Learning Environment is the
individualization available. The addition of Test Packs to the PLATO
Learning Environment allows us to prescribe individual learning paths
from assessment results. We can now move from teaching to the group to
teaching to the individual student. With ASP delivery, the tool also
allows our students to take courses and master grade-level materials
Both the Lafourche Parish and St. James Parish agreements include
subscription to Comprehensive K-8 and PLATO(R) Enhanced Secondary
Intervention Libraries, PLATO Test Packs with Prescriptions, textbook
correlations, and professional development.
"Lafourche and St. James Parishes have been valued clients of
PLATO Learning for many years," said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning
President and CEO. "We are excited that they are among the first to
adopt the new PLATO Learning Environment and the instructional
solutions delivered on the management system. Both Parishes have
innovative leaders who search out the newest technologies that will
make their educational programs more efficient and effective, and we
know they will fully support the implementation. We look forward to
continuing this successful relationship."
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
in Puerto Rico, as well as international distributors in the United
Kingdom and South Africa. For more information, please visit
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.
Michael Morache--President and CEO, 952-832-1000
Larry Betterley--Sr. Vice President & CFO, 952-832-1000
Terri Reden--Communications Director, 952-832-1000
SOURCE: PLATO Learning, Inc.