Colorado Approves Pearson to Turnaround Underperforming Schools
Pearson K-12 Solutions Recommended for All Five Improvement Areas
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 22, 2010 -- Today, the state of Colorado announced the selection of Pearson
K-12 Solutions as a comprehensive school improvement partner to turn around its underperforming schools.
Dwight Jones, Colorado's Commissioner of Education, said "Pearson K-12 Solutions has qualified in all five
categories for school turnaround identified by the state: Academics, Learning Environment, Operations,
Leadership, and Planning. Colorado recognizes Pearson's strength in providing school solutions and its
commitment to transforming education."
A division of Pearson, the world's leading education services and technology company, Pearson K-12 Solutions
engages in multi-year state and district partnerships to foster school improvement, create innovative new models
and custom solutions, and to help turn around failing schools.
Scott Drossos, President of Pearson's K-12 Solutions said, "Our research based School Turnaround Education
Partnership (STEP) model helps schools make fundamental changes and sustain improvements for the long term."
He added, "We have the opportunity to draw from Pearson's vast research based and proven resources --
including curriculum, assessment, technology, and teacher professional development products and services -- to
create a customized, coherent improvement plan for Colorado's schools."
Pearson's model includes a combination of core elements that have helped improve low-performing schools for
years, including Pearson's Learning Team's model, now in 220 schools, which has consistently demonstrated
gains in student achievement as well as improvements in school culture and distributed leadership.
Drossos said that Pearson's K-12 Solutions School Turnaround Education Partnership (STEP) includes nine
change elements and differs from other school improvement efforts in both design and implementation:
1. Improving the Conditi