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Garden Grove Unified School District to Become Largest Single PowerSchool Implementation
Sep 11, 2007 (12:09 PM EDT)

FOLSOM, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearson announced today that Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) of Garden Grove, CA, has selected PowerSchool Premier as its web-based student information system. PowerSchool will enable more effective communication, data capture, management, and reporting for the district's more than 48,800 students and 5,000 staff members. This is the largest single district PowerSchool implementation to date.

"We are confident that PowerSchool Premier will enable Garden Grove USD's administrators and teachers to advance student achievement by offering a comprehensive view into individual student progress on a daily basis," said Rick Rodriguez, Director of Information Systems, Garden Grove Unified School District. "The web-based model will allow for real-time information accessibility for parents, students, teachers and administrators who, in turn, will be able to make more informed and timely decisions on behalf of the child."

PowerSchool Premier was chosen by GGUSD after a rigorous competition open to all California School Information Services (CSIS) compliant vendors. Key factors in the district's selection process were the availability of its web- based, customizable interface, automated scheduling abilities, attendance notification, integration capabilities with other systems, and Pearson's commitment to partnering with the district to successfully launch the solution.

Administrators, teachers, students and parents throughout GGUSD's 67 schools will have real-time access to student data that will enable increased opportunities for student success in the classroom. With its innovative communication tools, parents and students can access secure student information online, including real-time attendance reports, updated test grades, detailed assignment descriptions, school bulletins, lunch menus, and personal messages from teachers. PowerSchool promotes interactive dialogue between parents, students, and teachers and streamlines various administrative tasks, allowing for increased attention to individual student needs.

"The implementation of PowerSchool Premier inevitably results in communities working more closely together to improve student achievement," said Mary McCaffrey, President, School Systems group, Pearson. "As the leading education company delivering student information systems, Pearson is dedicated to providing powerful, easy to use solutions that enable effective, strategic decisions for today's schools and districts."

GGUSD said the most valuable aspects of a comprehensive student information system are the automated master schedule builder and dynamic student attendance system. As an award-winning district recognized nationally for its achievements within urban education, GGUSD prides itself on their student's role in customizing their schedules, based on their interests and strengths. Now, GGUSD gains a powerful, easy to use automated tool to ensure that student's schedules are developed primarily based on student needs, rather than on available resources.

About Pearson

Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing, assessment, information and services, helping people of all ages to learn at their own pace, in their own way. For students preK-12, Pearson provides effective and innovative curriculum products in all available media, educational assessment and measurement for students and teachers, student information systems, and teacher professional development and certification programs. Our respected brands include PowerSchool, Chancery SMS, SASI, Pearson Inform, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, and many others. Our comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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