Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School Expands Partnership With Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) to Provide Complete Educational Framework for Over 4,000 Students
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 08, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to
the education industry, today announced the Pennsylvania Virtual
Charter School (PAVCS) has selected the Blackboard Academic Suite as
the school's sole instructional platform.
The school, with more than 4,000 students and more than 135 faculty
members, will use the Blackboard Academic Suite to create a virtual
central "school house" where PAVCS students, faculty, and parents can
access all school resources -- email, instructional materials,
announcements, course listings, class materials, and PAVCS
discussions -- in one easy-to-find and secure online location.
"Streamlining our communications, content management and
administrative practices with the Blackboard Academic Suite allows us
to enhance our virtual instructional model and stay ahead of the
curve technologically," said Joanne Jones Barnett, CEO of PAVCS. "For
example, PAVCS is the first institution to utilize email
functionality through the Blackboard web site to create a 'one-stop
shop' where every member of our educational community can attend
classes, receive school news, access educational resources, and
As a public charter school in Pennsylvania, PAVCS parents choose to
attend the school because it provides flexible class schedules for
students and customizes curriculum to their learning needs. Upgrading
its technology with the Blackboard Academic Suite allows PAVCS to
increase accountability to its students and parents while catering to
a broad spectrum of learners, removing parents' concern of students
"not being challenged" or "falling through the cracks."
"Blackboard is excited to work with PAVCS on this educational
partnership. Working with PAVCS, we've watched their student
enrollment increase at a tremendous pace," said Michael Chasen,
Blackboard president and chief executive officer. "They embraced the
concept of e-learning early on and continue to act as leaders by
offering their students the most advanced technology tools to
optimize their education experiences."
According to the Center for Education Reform, Charter schools have
experienced a 13 percent growth in the past year. Blackboard
currently works with more than a dozen charter schools, part of its
network of more than 3,650 universities, K-12 schools and other
About the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School is a public virtual school of
choice chartered and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of
Education in 2001. PAVCS serves more than 4,000 students throughout
Pa. in grades K-10 and -- with its five-year charter renewal granted
in 2006 -- will continue to grow to K-12. PAVCS provides
differentiated instruction through traditional regular education and
special education programs. The instructional model is a
collaborative partnership between certified teachers and parents.
State-of-the-art technology enhances a rigorous content-rich
curriculum that allows for individualized instruction that gives
children the opportunity to learn at home at a pace that meets the
child's individual needs.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe,
including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education
providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused
merchants that serve education providers and their students.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Blackboard is the parent
company of WebCT.
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