Model Program

PLATO Learning, Inc.

Corporate Headquarters
10801 Nesbitt Avenue, South
Bloomington, MN 55437
http://www.plato.com

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Contact Information:

800.447.5286
marketing@plato.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Clusters/Groups

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

PLATO Learning, Inc., is a provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction, offering curricula in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and life and job skills. A PLATO semester-long online course provides schools a way to deliver rigorous credit recovery, alternatives for students not succeeding in the traditional environment, and credit-granting distance learning programs.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

PLATO Learning has commissioned a series of studies conducted by highly regarded, independent evaluators using standardized measures of learning effectiveness. The results of these evaluations document the success of PLATO courseware in a variety of settings. They currently have thirty-two evaluations in their library.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies