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Mooresville Graded School District Ramps Up Online Math Credit Recovery

A North Carolina school district is providing middle and high school students who need to make up credits an opportunity to complete their coursework online.

Mooresville Graded School District, located in Mooresville, NC, has signed on to Pearson Education's MyMathLab Web platform to provide curriculum for basic math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, advanced functions and modeling, pre-calculus, Advanced Placement calculus, geometry, discrete, and AP statistics.

MyMathLab features a homework and test manager, gradebook tracking, the ability to copy or share courses and manage groups, a custom exercise builder with immediate feedback, e-book and multimedia learning aids, and professional tutoring from the Pearson Tutor Center.

In addition, the district is using Pearson's NovaNet Web platform to provide multimedia courses. It contains the entire core high school curricula in math, English, social studies, and science. NovaNet allows the district to: change the mastery level for a student with special needs, personalize courses with different study plan options, create discussion forums for students, and add customized assessments. The Basic Achievement Skills Inventory evaluates student mathematics, reading, and language arts skills for initial placement.

In the Mooresville Graded School District, all students and teachers in grades 4 through12 have been issued MacBook computers since 2008 for use at both home and school. Teachers use videos, the Internet, and e-textbooks on a daily basis in the classroom. Instructors and administrators can remotely monitor every student's computer screen.

Mooresville student achievement and graduation rates have improved by 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively, from three years ago, according to the district.

"Our digital conversion plan calls for technology-rich curriculum programs for our students that embody the teaching of 21st century skills. We chose Pearson because it is committed to the success of the one-to-one movement and has a record of creating research-based digital curriculum with proven results. Pearson has demonstrated leadership in engineering the kind of one-to-one centric programs that are a 100 percent match with the goals we have set for our Mooresville students," said Superintendent Mark Edwards in a prepared statement.

Mooresville Graded School District, which serves 5,500 students, comprises three elementary schools, two intermediate schools, one middle school, and one high school. Its 2011-2012 budget is $68.2 million.

For further, information visit the Moorseville Graded School District Web site.

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