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Pearson's SASI Customer First Program Makes the Grade with Virginia Schools
Aug 27, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearson today announced the success of its comprehensive SASI Customer First Program among Virginia school districts. The program, launched last month, has already resulted in 19 Virginia school districts moving from the SASI student information systems platform to Pearson's industry leading, web-based platform, PowerSchool Premier. Pearson's SASI Customer First Program is designed to reward the longstanding loyalty of its SASI customers and provide them with an updated technology infrastructure capable of growing alongside their student information management needs now and well into the future.

The 19 Virginia school districts moving from SASI to PowerSchool Premier include:

-- Bedford County Public School District -- Buckingham County School District -- Colonial Beach School District -- Cumberland County School District -- Essex County School Board -- Franklin City School District -- Henry County School District -- King and Queen School District -- King William County School District -- Northampton County Public School District -- Orange County School District -- Pittsylvania County School District -- Prince Edward School District -- Pulaski County School District -- Richmond County School District -- Rockingham County Public School District -- West Point Public Schools -- Westmoreland School District -- Winchester City School District

Additional Virginia school districts plan to make the move from SASI to PowerSchool Premier as part of this program in the coming months.

"We're very excited about the success of our SASI Customer First Program in Virginia," said Mary McCaffrey, president of the School Systems group of Pearson. "We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnerships with these loyal districts and helping them leverage PowerSchool Premier to power performance across the full spectrum of their district's stakeholders."

PowerSchool Premier is the first student information system designed from the ground up as a web-based solution and offers easy access to real-time data via a standard web browser, on a Mac or PC. PowerSchool Premier moves K-12 schools and districts beyond administrative reporting by enabling them to use the data they collect to increase student achievement and identify trends and patterns that may affect student outcomes. PowerSchool Premier focuses on the needs of those districts requiring a system that includes ease of use, community focus, embedded functionality and lower administrative costs.

SASI customers are encouraged to log on to and click the link titled "SASI Customer First Program" to start their upgrade or call 877-873-1550.

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, 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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