|By Business Wire||
|January 10, 2013 06:01 AM EST||
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school, today announced the appointment of Margaret Jorgensen, PhD., as its Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Jorgensen, an expert in the use of educational assessment as a powerful instructional tool, will join K12 from the position of CEO of Measure2Learn early next month.
In the newly created position, Dr. Jorgensen will help drive K12’s ongoing efforts to develop state of the art curriculum, technology, learning systems and teacher support; to improve performance for all students, including advanced learners but especially among the growing population of academically at-risk students in its network of managed public schools; and to innovate with assessments that not only more accurately reflect student progress but also can be used to improve learning and accountability. K12 has invested more than $320 million in curriculum, learning systems and research and development utilizing cognitive science.
Ron Packard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of K12, stated, “Margie Jorgensen brings the credentials, credibility and unique capabilities to spearhead K12’s efforts to address two challenging and intertwined trends in the transformation to individualized online learning: a growing academically at-risk population and appropriate measurement of student achievement. Dr. Jorgensen’s expertise, record of achievement and ability in both assessment and instructional practices will be instrumental in the evolution of technology-based learning.”
Dr. Jorgensen added, “As online learning gains mainstream acceptance in a wide variety of settings, the industry is encountering several challenging trends. These trends include growing populations of children who enroll behind grade level, high mobility, student engagement and in particular, the appropriateness of current assessment schemes in the individualized learning context. As an industry leader, K12 is mobilizing its resources to address those challenges, and I look forward to working with the company’s outstanding team of innovators to build on its best-in-class program and help achieve its goal of maximizing all students’ academic progress while they are enrolled in a K12-managed or partner school.”
At K12, Dr. Jorgensen will work with a distinguished team of pioneers in and contributors to new digital modes of education, including subject matter directors, writers and instructional designers who have designed the market-leading suite of K-12 online courses used in the nation’s largest network of online and blended schools.
Inventor and Author with a Track Record of Innovation in Assessment Research and Design
A recognized industry innovator and an inventor with a patent for achievement test design, Dr. Jorgensen founded Measure2Learn in 2006 to develop technology products combining assessment and instruction and to provide psychometric consulting services to companies and educational institutions. Measure2Learn’s products include formative assessments aligned to the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core State Standards and interactive academic tools that both instruct and assess students’ understanding of science and mathematics vocabulary.
Previously, Dr. Jorgensen served as Managing Director at Battelle for Kids, a non-profit enterprise focusing on several aspects of educational reform, including teacher effectiveness and strategies to transform low-performing schools. The company’s clients included five of the 12 Race to the Top states as well as individual school districts, funded in part by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
As Senior Vice President and before that Vice President, Product Development, Psychometrics and Research for Harcourt Assessment, Inc., Dr. Jorgensen led the development of a series of innovative education and assessment products and was responsible for expanding expertise in assessment across the company’s business units. She designed and developed the first internal content authoring system within Harcourt; brought to market the 10th edition of the Stanford Achievement Test Series and the Otis Lennon School Ability Test; launched the first online writing product supported by artificial intelligence scoring; and brought the Stanford Diagnostic Reading and Mathematics Tests online.
As Assistant Vice President for Development, ACT, Inc., Dr. Jorgensen supervised test development programs, including the ACT Assessment, PLAN, EXPLORE, COMPASS, ASSET, Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), the Career Planning Assessment (CPAt), the Mathematics Placement Examination, the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) and the Career Planning Program. She also led pioneering research in the areas of differential item performance, the administration of tests by computer and item response theory.
Prior to joining ACT, Dr. Jorgensen served as a Senior Examiner for the Educational Testing Service, supported the state-by-state roll-out of the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the Southern Regional Education Board and taught at Emory University.
Dr. Jorgensen, who earned her Ph.D. in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis at the University of Chicago, a Master of Science degree in School Psychology at Miami University, an MBA at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a B.A. in Political Science at Wellesley College, is the author of two books and nearly two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters.
Academic and Products Day and Release of Annual Academic Report Scheduled
In conjunction with the announcement of Dr. Jorgensen’s appointment, K12 also indicated that the company will host an Academic and Products Day on February 7, 2013 at which it will release its Academic Report covering performance at K12-managed and partner schools and addressing key issues facing the industry.
The Academic and Products Day will be held at the company’s corporate offices in Herndon, Virginia from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Investors and analysts who are interested in attending the event should contact Christi Parker, VP Investor Relations by email at [email protected].
Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We have tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “continues,” “likely,” “may,” “opportunity,” “potential,” “projects,” “will,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions to identify forward looking statements, whether in the negative or the affirmative. These statements reflect our current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to us. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. These risks, uncertainties, factors and contingencies include, but are not limited to: our potential inability to further develop, maintain and enhance our products and brands; the reduction of per pupil funding amounts at the schools we serve; reputation harm resulting from poor performance or misconduct by operators in any school in our industry and in any school in which we operate; challenges from virtual public school or hybrid school opponents; failure of the schools we serve to comply with regulations resulting in a loss of funding or an obligation to repay funds previously received; discrepancies in interpretation of legislation by regulatory agencies that may lead to payment or funding disputes; termination of our contracts with schools due to a loss of authorizing charter; failure to enter into new contracts or renew existing contracts with schools; risks associated with entering into and executing mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; failure to successfully integrate mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; inability to recruit, train and retain quality teachers and employees; uncertainty regarding our ability to protect our proprietary technologies; risks of new, changing and competitive technologies; increased competition in our industry; and other risks and uncertainties associated with our business described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in this release is as of January 10, 2013, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations.
About K12 Inc.
K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a technology-based education company, is the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school. Using 21st century tools to prepare 21st century students, K12 provides a new choice for students to learn in a flexible and innovative way, at an individualized pace. K12 provides curricula and academic services to public and private online schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. K12 is accredited through AdvancED, the world's largest education community. Additional information on K12 can be found at www.K12.com.
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
Dec. 10, 2016 06:00 AM EST Reads: 689
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 10, 2016 04:45 AM EST Reads: 1,092
"We are a leader in the market space called network visibility solutions - it enables monitoring tools and Big Data analysis to access the data and be able to see the performance," explained Shay Morag, VP of Sales and Marketing at Niagara Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 10, 2016 04:30 AM EST Reads: 531
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Dec. 10, 2016 04:15 AM EST Reads: 1,387
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
Dec. 10, 2016 04:15 AM EST Reads: 553
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
Dec. 10, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 5,316
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Dec. 10, 2016 04:00 AM EST Reads: 5,522
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Dec. 10, 2016 03:15 AM EST Reads: 486
Get deep visibility into the performance of your databases and expert advice for performance optimization and tuning. You can't get application performance without database performance. Give everyone on the team a comprehensive view of how every aspect of the system affects performance across SQL database operations, host server and OS, virtualization resources and storage I/O. Quickly find bottlenecks and troubleshoot complex problems.
Dec. 10, 2016 02:45 AM EST Reads: 2,270
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Dec. 10, 2016 02:15 AM EST Reads: 794
Complete Internet of Things (IoT) embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data and control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island; it is a part of a system. In fact, given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example, in the office building versus a factory floor or oil field, security ha...
Dec. 10, 2016 02:00 AM EST Reads: 625
Between 2005 and 2020, data volumes will grow by a factor of 300 – enough data to stack CDs from the earth to the moon 162 times. This has come to be known as the ‘big data’ phenomenon. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to handling, storing and analyzing data aren’t adequate at this scale: they’re too costly, slow and physically cumbersome to keep up. Fortunately, in response a new breed of technology has emerged that is cheaper, faster and more scalable. Yet, in meeting these new needs they...
Dec. 10, 2016 02:00 AM EST Reads: 1,995
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
Dec. 10, 2016 01:30 AM EST Reads: 4,001
An IoT product’s log files speak volumes about what’s happening with your products in the field, pinpointing current and potential issues, and enabling you to predict failures and save millions of dollars in inventory. But until recently, no one knew how to listen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dan Gettens, Chief Research Officer at OnProcess, discussed recent research by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OnProcess Technology, where MIT created a new, breakthrough analytics model for s...
Dec. 10, 2016 01:30 AM EST Reads: 793
"We are the public cloud providers. We are currently providing 50% of the resources they need for doing e-commerce business in China and we are hosting about 60% of mobile gaming in China," explained Yi Zheng, CPO and VP of Engineering at CDS Global Cloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 10, 2016 01:15 AM EST Reads: 1,225