SOURCE: Penda Learning

April 24, 2013 08:00 ET

Penda Learning Eases Teachers' Transition to New NGSS Standards With Pacing Assistant Service

Penda's Online STEM Tool Fully Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Apr 24, 2013) - Science education now has a new set of K-12 standards and teachers are bracing for the change. On April 9th, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released with 26 states on board. So what tools are in place to help teachers and their students bridge these standards successfully and without the need to learn a whole new program and skill set?

Penda Learning (, a STEM standards mastery tool for grades 4-10, announced today that it is fully aligned to the new NGSS standards and has added a curriculum pacing service. Pacing Assistant Service (PAS) makes it easy for teachers to manage and utilize data to drive instruction -- ensuring that students are attaining proficiency in the new standards for which they are accountable.

Penda's Pacing Assistant Service provides districts and schools with curriculum specialists who assign homework weekly on behalf of the teachers based on that district's pacing guide. PAS pushes out weekly reports to the teachers by email with data on how students performed so they can make data-driven decisions.

"As a teacher, my job gets more difficult every year with larger class sizes and I see Penda as a life-saver in helping direct my instruction. After using Penda with my students this year, I can't imagine not having it in the years to come as it helps my students learn, gives me a weekly report on their progress, and helps direct my teaching," said Vickie Bates, science teacher, Little Mill Middle School, Forsyth County, GA.

"Teachers are really, really busy these days -- overwhelmed with new standards, curricula, technologies and tools," said Penda CEO David Jaffa. "With our new Pacing Assistant Service, there is no assembly required -- and no unnecessary legwork. Our Monday morning reports deliver the data teachers need to help their students achieve."

"Students find Penda Learning to be challenging and more along the lines of the Common Core. I love that Penda is not just drill and practice but real world concepts too!" said Kristy Loggins, Little Mill Middle School, Forsyth Co. GA.

Based on the latest brain research and learning strategies, Penda is designed to authentically engage students, allowing them to create avatars and choose friends, as they work through standards-aligned activities. Along with being fully aligned to the NGSS (while flagging old state Science standards), Penda also offers a math tool that is aligned to National Math Standards (Common Core State Standards).

About Penda

Penda is an online science and math resource for grades 4-10 that uses avatars and competition to authentically engage students as they work through standards-aligned activities. Launched first in the UK, a decade of evidence shows that students who use Penda master standards and make substantial gains on state science and math tests and end of course exams. Penda is based on the latest brain research, which shows that it is vital for students to form an emotional connection with their learning. For teachers, automated reporting makes it easy to differentiate instruction, monitor progress and drive results. Penda is aligned to specific state standards and Common Core Learning Standards. For more information, call 800-481-8101 or visit us at

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