Lightspan, Inc. Signs Contract to Deliver Online Assessments to Key California School District

July 17, 2003

SAN DIEGO, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lightspan, Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN), a leading provider of high-quality educational products and services used in schools and homes to help increase academic achievement, announced today that it will provide online assessments to 23 schools in the Irvine, California school district. Lightspan eduTest Assessment will provide educators with time-sensitive data on student performance to assist in targeting instruction according to where it is needed most.

The Irvine school district is taking a systematic approach to helping teachers and students in the classroom meet the state and national standards, in its continuing effort to comply with state and federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Irvine Superintendent Dr. Dean Waldfogel said: “We must have accurate, timely information on student progress throughout the school year in order to meet our goal of improving academic achievement. Lightspan eduTest Assessment has a proven track record at similar school districts and we believe it will serve as an effective resource for administrators, teachers, students and families.”

Lightspan eduTest Assessment is designed to help teachers target instruction by identifying students’ strengths and weaknesses and benchmarking student progress throughout the school year, which helps boost academic performance.

Lightspan Chairman and CEO John T. Kernan stated: “We are proud to be selected as the provider of online assessments for the Irvine school district, and share their commitment to excellence in education. Lightspan eduTest Assessment is playing an increasingly important role for hundreds school districts across the country, which are required to meet new federal requirements for measuring and reporting on adequate yearly progress.”

Implementation is scheduled to begin in the fall.

About Lightspan

Lightspan(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN), provides curriculum-based educational software and online 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. More than 1,000 independent studies prove 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 For more information, visit our Web site at .

“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward looking statements, including but not limited to statements related to the implementation of the Company’s products in the Irvine, California school district and the results that may be obtained through use of those products. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that the Company’s relationship with the Irvine school district will not proceed as anticipated, risks associated with changes in policies by regulatory agencies and educational organizations; risks associated with changes in funding for public schools; risks associated with technological advances and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended on January 31, 2003 filed with the Commission on April 29, 2003. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

SOURCE Lightspan, Inc.


Robert S. Scheid, +1-866-251-6694 toll free, or Michael A. Sicuro, +1-858-824-8370, both of Lightspan, Inc./

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