Lightspan and Encyclopaedia Britannica Team Up to Provide World-Class Source of Information to Educators

June 27, 2002

Britannica Student Encyclopedia Available on The Lightspan Network

SAN DIEGO, June 27 /PRNewswire/ — Lightspan, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality educational products and services used in schools and homes to help increase academic achievement and enhance teacher professional development, announced today that it has teamed up with Encyclopedia Britannica to make the Britannica Student Encyclopedia available to subscribers of The Lightspan Network.

Patti Ginnis, Britannica’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing,

said: “Lightspan is a one of the most respected names in the education community, providing high-quality information, resources and tools to teachers, students, administrators and parents. Britannica is proud to partner with Lightspan to bring the most comprehensive reference materials available today to The Lightspan Network.”

The Britannica Student Encyclopedia was created for elementary and middle school students by the editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Subscribers to The Lightspan Network will have access to the online Britannica Student Encyclopedia, including an easy-to-use search feature to find available content and media. The online version of this respected encyclopedia delivers over 15,000 articles and 5,000 media images, including photos, maps, and art, and gives users access to exciting multimedia content, featuring sounds, video, and animations. The Lightspan Network has provided three content areas on the main page of the encyclopedia with completed searches to help students with research and report ideas.

John Kernan, Lightspan Chairman and CEO, said: “Encyclopedia Britannica has been a premier provider of reference materials for over 200 years, and we are pleased to bring their world-class resources to The Lightspan Network.”

The Lightspan Network is an online suite of tools and resources that helps teachers simplify instructional planning and supports their ongoing professional growth. It includes management and communication tools that bring teachers together, and a variety of curriculum and learning activities that promote student achievement. All of these features are designed to help streamline the process of aligning and organizing curriculum to state standards and assessment — so that teachers have more time to spend with their students.

About Lightspan, Inc.

Lightspan(R), Inc. develops curriculum-based educational software and Internet products and services that increase student achievement and enhance teacher professional development. These products are used in schools and homes and align to all key federal education reform initiatives, offering school districts a complete solution to assess, align, instruct and evaluate, as a comprehensive achievement and accountability system. Studies by over 900 schools demonstrate that Lightspan products enhance student achievement, improve teacher effectiveness, and help build stronger connections with families.

Lightspan offers products in the following areas: early reading (The Lightspan Early Reading Program(TM) and the Lightspan Reading Center(TM)), K-8 interactive curriculum (Lightspan Achieve Now(TM)), K-12 online teacher resources and professional development (The Lightspan Network(R)), assessment (Lightspan eduTest Assessment(TM) and Lightspan Assessment Builder(TM)), and secondary and higher education (Interactive Mathematics, Interactive English, and More information is available at .

About Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. creates and markets products of the highest quality for reference, education and learning. Its most famous product, the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, is the oldest continuously published reference work in the English language. Since the 1980s, however, Britannica has been a leader in electronic publishing and now publishes encyclopedias and other works in many forms on the Internet, CD-ROM, and DVD. The company makes its headquarters in Chicago and maintains offices in London, New Delhi, Paris, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo. More information is available at .

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