Lightspan’s Suite of Products Selected by Illinois School District for Assessment, Professional Development and Student Achievement

December 4, 2002

Carol Sossong, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction,

said: “After careful consideration, we chose to build upon our existing relationship with Lightspan. Our district has used The Lightspan Network since 1999 in 20 of our schools and it’s been a wonderful tool for teachers, parents and students. Adding Lightspan eduTest Assessment to all of our district’s schools will provide our teachers with vital, real-time data on student achievement. This is especially important with the new emphasis on accountability in the No Child Left Behind Act.”

The Joliet Public Schools District 86 will add the following Lightspan


— The Lightspan Network has been renewed for three years and will be

implemented in all 21 of the district’s schools. The Lightspan

Network is a suite of tools and resources that helps simplify

instructional planning and supports ongoing professional growth. This

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.

— Lightspan eduTest Assessment will be implemented in all 21 of the

district’s schools over the next three years. Lightspan eduTest

Assessment is a comprehensive online accountability and assessment

program that lets educators quickly identify district, school, class,

and student strengths and needs relating to state and national


— Lightspan Achieve Now will be implemented in two of the district’s

schools and will include a home deployment component to extend

learning to the home and help increase family involvement in students’

learning. Lightspan Achieve Now is a standards-based curriculum

program used by students in kindergarten through eighth grade that is

proven to increase student achievement in reading, language arts, and


Lightspan Chairman and CEO John T. Kernan stated: “We are very pleased that Joliet Public Schools District 86 has chosen to expand their relationship with Lightspan. We share the district’s commitment to help increase academic achievement for all of its students by providing high-quality, research-based educational resources and a strong commitment to professional development.”

About Lightspan

Lightspan(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN) develops 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 900 independent studies prove 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

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Robert S. Scheid

Lightspan, Inc.


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