NetSchools Orion Wins Major Educational Publishing Award

June 14, 2002

“This is a significant achievement for our company,” said John Murray, President and CEO of PLATO Learning. “It speaks highly of the vision, dedication and capabilities of our new colleagues on the NetSchools Orion team. PLATO Learning greatly appreciates the Association of Educational Publishers’ recognition of NetSchools Orion as a leader in its product category.”

The winners of the Distinguished Achievement Awards exemplify the best in supplemental educational publishing. From e-zines for teachers to how-to articles for young adults, the award recipients set the industry standards. Products awarded a DAA earn the right to use the AEP “Lamp of Learning” logo. The awards strive to help educators and parents sift through the myriad of videos, publications and products on the market to find the best way to bolster education in the home and classroom. All DAA entries go through a rigorous screening process, during which the judging panel selects up to four finalists per category. The judging panels are drawn from a national pool of writing, publishing, and design experts in print and technology, plus education editors, educators, and curriculum experts.

“In this time of changing standards and curricula, supplemental educational publishers give parents and teachers options,” said Michael Ross, AEP board president and Executive Vice President and Publisher of World Book, Inc. “An AEP Distinguished Achievement Award signals to parents and teachers that the product is an outstanding learning tool for the home or classroom.”

NetSchools Orion from PLATO Learning is the most comprehensive online curriculum management and assessment solution available today. Its powerful correlation engine allows educators to align state standards with their own onsite and PLATO Learning’s web-based instructional resources, and make assignments to students based on specific learner needs. NetSchools Orion has been designed to facilitate data-driven decision-making and continuous school improvement planning. It helps educators meet the requirements of state and federal accountability legislation, as well as special programs such as Title I and special education.

“NetSchools Orion is becoming recognized as the leader in online standards-based curriculum management, because of its ability to align curriculum to standards at the level of performance objectives, and thus truly impact student performance,” said Tom Greaves, NetSchools co-founder and now Vice President of Education Partnerships with PLATO Learning. “We are delighted that the Association of Educational Publishers has seen fit to recognize our product with this prestigious award.”

AEP is the national, nonprofit professional organization for educational publishers. Since 1895, it has provided print and digital publishers with the resources needed to thrive in today’s changing education and publishing environment, by tracking education, legislative, and industry information and trends; creating networking opportunities; and fostering excellence in educational publishing through professional development and recognition programs.