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Leading Education Companies Respond to Educators' Requests to Improve Data Flow Among Complementary Platforms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  Blackboard Inc. and Pearson, two of the largest providers of technology and services to K-12 education, today announced a collaboration that will improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K-12 solutions, in direct response to requests from educators.

With this partnership, the companies are looking to improve the integrity, security and flow of data between Blackboard's comprehensive product portfolio that offers a range of K-12 solutions for teaching, learning, communication and parent engagement, and PowerSchool®, Pearson's leading K-12 student information system (SIS).

Massachusetts' Danvers Public Schools illustrates the ways that districts around the country will benefit from this partnership. Database manager Lisa Zaia said, "Danvers Public Schools uses both PowerSchool and Blackboard solutions and ends up having to manage several daily changes. We are thrilled that Blackboard and Pearson have agreed to improve their product integration to provide better accuracy of our student and staff information."

"We are pleased to announce this collaboration as a sign of our strong investment in the K-12 market and dedication to ensuring the success of our customers," said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of industry and product management for Blackboard. "Through our work with Pearson, we will be able to provide better access between two systems many faculty and administrators rely on daily to drive critical activities such as parent engagement and Common Core initiatives."

The first Blackboard solution that will benefit from the PowerSchool integration is Blackboard Connect, the leading mass notification provider in the country. Planned enhancements include the ability to send notifications from within PowerSchool and greater flexibility with automated notifications to parents. The companies are also actively working to enhance PowerSchool integration with other Blackboard K-12 solutions over the next year.

"Through this enhanced collaboration with Blackboard, we hope to make it easier for K-12 educators to use our solutions to access the information they need to engage students and parents and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes," said Oliver Wreford, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Pearson.

About Pearson
Pearson is the world's leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information about Pearson, visit http://www.pearson.com.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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CONTACT
Lauren Dyke, Blackboard Inc.
(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or lauren.dyke@blackboard.com

Susan Aspey, Pearson
(800) 745-8489 or susan.aspey@pearson.com

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