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Pearson Launches update for free Ipad Gradebook app, PowerTeacher Mobile

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — January 25, 2011 —

Pearson today announced a significant update to PowerTeacher™ Mobile, the free app that allows teachers to monitor student progress anytime, anywhere with the Apple® iPad®. Developed by Pearson, the global leader in education technology and services, PowerTeacher Mobile 1.1 features the enhancements that teachers have most requested and is designed to make grading on-the-go easier than ever before. This release includes over 40 new capabilities and is now nearly twice as fast as the initial version of the app which was released in October of 2010.

PowerTeacher, the online gradebook component of PowerSchool® and Chancery® SMS student information systems, provides the latest technology for true standards-based grading. With its companion iPad app, PowerTeacher Mobile, teachers are no longer limited to their desktop or laptop when using the gradebook. They can record student scores and make observations about student progress from anywhere in the classroom, at the gym, on the playground, at a sporting event, or while on a field trip. Already one of the fastest growing classroom management solutions, PowerTeacher Mobile is one of more than 100 apps Pearson has created for teachers and learners of all ages as part of its overall commitment to leverage emerging technologies to personalize learning for all students.

"Upon launch last October, thousands of teachers around the country downloaded the free PowerTeacher Mobile app. Since then, we have received consistently positive feedback," said Bryan MacDonald, chief technology officer for the School Systems group of Pearson. "Now, less than three months after its initial launch, we have developed numerous enhancements, both in functionality and speed, and look forward to additional feedback on the user experience as we continue to grow and develop this mobile application of PowerTeacher."

Available for free download in the Apple® iTunes® App Store, PowerTeacher Mobile integrates seamlessly with the PowerTeacher gradebook. With Version 1.1 of the iPad app, teachers can more quickly, easily, and securely create and score assignments, view student groups, manage class rosters, and view student demographics. The layout and access to key features has also been improved in PowerTeacher Mobile 1.1, particularly for the student scoresheet. Numerous new sections have been added to the Help Pages, including new Teacher Tool and Reporting Term sections. A more detailed list of the new features in PowerTeacher Mobile 1.1 is available on the School Systems website.

PowerSchool version 6.2.1.6 is required to use PowerTeacher Mobile. To download PowerTeacher Mobile, go to http://itunes.com/app/powerteachermobile/.

For more information about PowerSchool and PowerTeacher, please visit www.pearsonschoolsystems.com or click here to follow School Systems on Facebook.

And students are logging in as well. Mallory Moore, a senior at Oconee County High School, makes checking PowerTeacher part of her daily online routine. "I check my Facebook and then I check my PowerTeacher," she said. "Last year I was absent for four days because I was really sick and it gave me the ability go on and see what assignments I had missed."

For more information about PowerSchool and PowerTeacher, visit http://www.pearsonschoolsystems.com/ or click here to follow School Systems on Facebook.

About Pearson

Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher licensure testing, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com.

For more information, press only:
Adam Gaber, Assessment and Information Group of Pearson
(800) 745-8489
adam.gaber@pearson.com
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