The Lightspan Network Extended to All 185 Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools Nationwide
The contract is a one-year amendment to a previous agreement under which The Lightspan Network was provided to 43 BIA-funded schools.
William Mehojha, Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs, said: “The BIA initially selected Lightspan because of the company’s experience with large district- and statewide implementations, and the extensive body of research that shows Lightspan products can help improve academic achievement for all students. The Lightspan Network’s flexibility has allowed us to tailor many of its features to meet the specific needs of our diverse student population and we look forward to building upon the success of this project.”
Lightspan CEO and Chairman John Kernan said: “Lightspan is proud to be chosen as a partner in this important initiative. Our products are in thousands of schools and we look forward to bringing our experience and record of success to all BIA-funded schools across the country.”
Flexibility built into The Lightspan Network allows it to be tailored to meet the needs of particular schools. Some examples from the BIA’s
— A homepage that reflects Native American culture, interests and concerns
— An online multicultural newspaper
— Thematic units to teach how American Indian people have patterned their lives around the cycle of the seasons
— Talking Circle — an online bulletin board to address topics of local interest or announce events
Lightspan(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: LSPN), 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. More than 900 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 academic.com ).
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