Bethel Park Selects CompassLearning(TM) as Part of Long-range Plan To Integrate Technology into the Classroom

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from CompassLearning Inc.

    BETHEL PARK, Pa., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bethel Park School District
 has entered into an agreement with CompassLearning(TM) to provide
 standards-based curriculum and assessment software and companion professional
 development on 50 computers in each of the five elementary schools.  This
 initiative is part of the District's long-range plan to effectively integrate
 technology into the learning environment.
     According to the District's Technology Director, Tim Devlin, "The
 available technology has advanced considerably since we first began installing
 computers in the schools about a decade ago.  Last year, the District
 established several objectives before making our technology decisions:
 upgrading dated hardware in the district; expanding technology access beyond
 the computer lab and providing a rich yet flexible instructional environment
 -- from remediation to enrichment for the student -- tailored to and
 complementing the existing curriculum objectives in each core instructional
 area.
     "After a thorough review, we selected CompassLearning(TM) because it best
 satisfied our long-term objectives.  CompassLearning(TM) software provides
 important continuity with the District's existing curriculum.  Its instruction
 and assessment components help teachers and students prepare for the annual
 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the nationally-normed
 Terra Nova.  The 150 days of onsite staff development will both equip teachers
 with the integration methods plus contribute to their Act 48 credit hours.
     "CompassLearning(TM) provides us with an electronically delivered
 simulation of each test.  Students take the simulated assessment, and, based
 on their results, the CompassLearning(TM) system automatically assigns each
 students appropriate lessons based his or her unique learning needs.  This
 feature helps teachers to tailor student assignments to specific needs and
 abilities.  Therefore, we know students are spending time learning objectives
 they don't know, rather on the ones that they have mastered.
     "CompassLearning(TM) also contains a reporting feature providing teachers
 and administrators with results of each student, group, class, and grade;
 their progress can also be measured in relationship to national and state
 standards.
     "Teachers can also easily supplement their classroom instruction by
 selecting CompassLearning(TM) lessons that complement their daily instruction,
 so instruction is logical and consistent with each teacher's lesson plans.
     "CompassLearning(TM) flexibility allows us to redesign our technology
 infrastructure to better meet the needs of Bethel Park.  Our plan calls for
 upgrading the computer labs with 32 new Dell personal computer workstations.
 In addition, PCs will be deployed and networked in the classrooms; we will be
 moving towards more school community access through the Internet.  We want to
 facilitate learning to take place anytime, anywhere -- at school and at home.
     "All of the school reform research proves that thorough teacher training
 is essential to ensure good teaching.  With that in mind, we developed a
 comprehensive training program for our staff with CompassLearning(TM)
 professional development consultants providing on-site training at a prototype
 lab.  We are on the fast-track to a full-implementation for school year
 2001-2002."
     Mark Hubble, President of CompassLearning(TM) said, "We are honored that
 CompassLearning(TM) has been selected by the Bethel Park School District as a
 partner in their mission to prepare all students to graduate with the skills
 mandated by the district and the state."
 
     Bethel Park School District is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
 The district provides educational services for approximately 5,300 students.
 
     CompassLearning(TM) curriculum products are based on the collaborative
 efforts of nationally recognized experts and meet the standards of
 organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
 National Council of Teachers of English, the National Science Foundation, and
 the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  The software is a result of
 research on effective learning styles, teaching techniques, and current
 pedagogy of each curricular area.
     WRC Media Inc. (www.wrcmedia.com), a publishing and media company, creates
 and distributes innovative quality supplementary educational materials for use
 in schools, libraries, and the home.  According to Educational Marketer, WRC
 Media was the nation's largest supplementary materials publisher for 1999. WRC
 Media Inc has four principal operating subsidiaries.
     CompassLearning(TM) Inc. is the leader in research-driven, standards-based
 digital learning solutions that provide choices to help teachers manage
 student performance, personalize learning, and connect communities of
 learners.  With over 7,000 of curriculum and instruction, more than
 20,000 schools use CompassLearning(TM)  solutions.
     Weekly Reader Corporation publishes Weekly Reader periodicals serving over
 7 million school children.  It also publishes other branded periodicals and
 instructional materials, including Teen Newsweek, published for middle and
 high school students.
     World Almanac Education Group, Inc. publishes the World Almanac and World
 Almanac for Kids, Facts On File news periodicals and Internet services, Gareth
 Stevens books and the Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia.  The company distributes
 high quality books to schools and libraries through its Library Services
 division.
     American Guidance Service, Inc. is a leader in leader in producing highly
 reliable and valid behavior, ability, achievement, and speech-language
 instruments, and publishes a variety of high-interest, low-reading-level
 textbooks for middle and high school students.
 
     Information in this press release contains forward-looking statements,
 including statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or
 strategies that involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions.
 Should any of the risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or our
 assumptions prove to be inaccurate, actual outcomes and results could differ
 materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements and these
 developments or inaccuracies could materially and adversely affect our
 business, financial condition and results of operations.  Risks and
 uncertainties relating to WRC Media's and its subsidiaries' businesses are set
 forth in the documents and reports filed from time to time with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission.
 
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    BETHEL PARK, Pa., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bethel Park School District
 has entered into an agreement with CompassLearning(TM) to provide
 standards-based curriculum and assessment software and companion professional
 development on 50 computers in each of the five elementary schools.  This
 initiative is part of the District's long-range plan to effectively integrate
 technology into the learning environment.
     According to the District's Technology Director, Tim Devlin, "The
 available technology has advanced considerably since we first began installing
 computers in the schools about a decade ago.  Last year, the District
 established several objectives before making our technology decisions:
 upgrading dated hardware in the district; expanding technology access beyond
 the computer lab and providing a rich yet flexible instructional environment
 -- from remediation to enrichment for the student -- tailored to and
 complementing the existing curriculum objectives in each core instructional
 area.
     "After a thorough review, we selected CompassLearning(TM) because it best
 satisfied our long-term objectives.  CompassLearning(TM) software provides
 important continuity with the District's existing curriculum.  Its instruction
 and assessment components help teachers and students prepare for the annual
 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the nationally-normed
 Terra Nova.  The 150 days of onsite staff development will both equip teachers
 with the integration methods plus contribute to their Act 48 credit hours.
     "CompassLearning(TM) provides us with an electronically delivered
 simulation of each test.  Students take the simulated assessment, and, based
 on their results, the CompassLearning(TM) system automatically assigns each
 students appropriate lessons based his or her unique learning needs.  This
 feature helps teachers to tailor student assignments to specific needs and
 abilities.  Therefore, we know students are spending time learning objectives
 they don't know, rather on the ones that they have mastered.
     "CompassLearning(TM) also contains a reporting feature providing teachers
 and administrators with results of each student, group, class, and grade;
 their progress can also be measured in relationship to national and state
 standards.
     "Teachers can also easily supplement their classroom instruction by
 selecting CompassLearning(TM) lessons that complement their daily instruction,
 so instruction is logical and consistent with each teacher's lesson plans.
     "CompassLearning(TM) flexibility allows us to redesign our technology
 infrastructure to better meet the needs of Bethel Park.  Our plan calls for
 upgrading the computer labs with 32 new Dell personal computer workstations.
 In addition, PCs will be deployed and networked in the classrooms; we will be
 moving towards more school community access through the Internet.  We want to
 facilitate learning to take place anytime, anywhere -- at school and at home.
     "All of the school reform research proves that thorough teacher training
 is essential to ensure good teaching.  With that in mind, we developed a
 comprehensive training program for our staff with CompassLearning(TM)
 professional development consultants providing on-site training at a prototype
 lab.  We are on the fast-track to a full-implementation for school year
 2001-2002."
     Mark Hubble, President of CompassLearning(TM) said, "We are honored that
 CompassLearning(TM) has been selected by the Bethel Park School District as a
 partner in their mission to prepare all students to graduate with the skills
 mandated by the district and the state."
 
     Bethel Park School District is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
 The district provides educational services for approximately 5,300 students.
 
     CompassLearning(TM) curriculum products are based on the collaborative
 efforts of nationally recognized experts and meet the standards of
 organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
 National Council of Teachers of English, the National Science Foundation, and
 the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  The software is a result of
 research on effective learning styles, teaching techniques, and current
 pedagogy of each curricular area.
     WRC Media Inc. (www.wrcmedia.com), a publishing and media company, creates
 and distributes innovative quality supplementary educational materials for use
 in schools, libraries, and the home.  According to Educational Marketer, WRC
 Media was the nation's largest supplementary materials publisher for 1999. WRC
 Media Inc has four principal operating subsidiaries.
     CompassLearning(TM) Inc. is the leader in research-driven, standards-based
 digital learning solutions that provide choices to help teachers manage
 student performance, personalize learning, and connect communities of
 learners.  With over 7,000 of curriculum and instruction, more than
 20,000 schools use CompassLearning(TM)  solutions.
     Weekly Reader Corporation publishes Weekly Reader periodicals serving over
 7 million school children.  It also publishes other branded periodicals and
 instructional materials, including Teen Newsweek, published for middle and
 high school students.
     World Almanac Education Group, Inc. publishes the World Almanac and World
 Almanac for Kids, Facts On File news periodicals and Internet services, Gareth
 Stevens books and the Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia.  The company distributes
 high quality books to schools and libraries through its Library Services
 division.
     American Guidance Service, Inc. is a leader in leader in producing highly
 reliable and valid behavior, ability, achievement, and speech-language
 instruments, and publishes a variety of high-interest, low-reading-level
 textbooks for middle and high school students.
 
     Information in this press release contains forward-looking statements,
 including statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or
 strategies that involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions.
 Should any of the risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or our
 assumptions prove to be inaccurate, actual outcomes and results could differ
 materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements and these
 developments or inaccuracies could materially and adversely affect our
 business, financial condition and results of operations.  Risks and
 uncertainties relating to WRC Media's and its subsidiaries' businesses are set
 forth in the documents and reports filed from time to time with the Securities
 and Exchange Commission.
 
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