PLATO Learning Appoints New Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing

September 5, 2001

PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ:TUTR), announced today the appointment of Robert M. Kilgarriff as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Effective immediately, Mr. Kilgarriff will report to John Murray, PLATO’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Since 1999, Mr. Kilgarriff has held senior management positions with Jostens Corporation, including Vice President Sales and Channel Development for Project Achieve. From 1986 until mid-1999, Mr. Kilgarriff served in various sales and technology management roles with GE Plastics and GE Capital.

Mr. Murray commented, “I am very pleased to have Rob join our executive team. Rob’s GE training and experience within the GE group will further enhance our Senior Management team and will bring additional vision to our sales and marketing organization. In addition, through his Jostens and Project Achieve experiences, Rob brings several senior industry contacts to PLATO. I expect Rob to make significant contributions to our Company as we continue to expand our sales presence throughout North America, and internationally, and achieve the next phase of our growth plan.”

Mr. Kilgarriff added, “Over the last few years, PLATO has demonstrated tremendous growth. This is a tribute not only to the vision of the Company’s leadership, but also to the dedication and commitment of its employees. I look forward to working with the Senior Management team to continue to deliver strong operating results. In addition, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead such a well respected sales and marketing team.”

Mr. Murray continued, “Rob replaces Tom Ahern who made a significant contribution to the success of PLATO Learning during the last 12 years. All of us in the PLATO family will miss Tom and we all wish him well in his new endeavors. Tom has elected to pursue other opportunities, including Company leadership positions which are currently unavailable to him at PLATO Learning.”

About PLATO Learning

PLATO Learning, Inc. is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction, offering basic to advanced level courseware in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and life and job skills. The PLATO® Learning System and PLATO® Web Learning Network provide more than 3,500 hours of objective-based, problem-solving courseware and include assessment, alignment and management tools to facilitate the learning process.

With annual revenues of approximately $68 million, PLATO Learning, Inc. is a publicly held company traded as TUTR on the NASDAQ-NMS. PLATO® educational software is marketed to K-12 schools, colleges, job training programs, correctional institutions, military education programs, corporations and individuals. PLATO software is delivered via networks, CD-ROM, the Internet and private intranets. It is available for immediate purchase and electronic download on the company’s Web site.

PLATO Learning is headquartered at 10801 Nesbitt Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota 55437, (952) 832-1000 or (800) 869-2000. The company has domestic offices throughout the United States and international offices in the United Kingdom and Canada. International distributors are located in Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. The company’s Web address is

This announcement includes forward-looking statements. PLATO Learning has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and projections about future events. Although PLATO Learning believes that its assumptions made in connection with the forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurances can be given that its assumptions and expectations will prove to have been correct. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. PLATO Learning undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Any forward looking statements made are subject to the risks and uncertainties as those described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2000. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

® PLATO is a registered trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc.