Press Release:

HP Delivers Education Portal Connecting Parents and Teachers to Improve Student Performance

Lake Washington Public Schools Among Nation's First Districts to Implement HP's Microsoft-based Solution
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 26, 2003

At the 2003 Consortium for School Networking Conference, HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced a new solution to provide anytime, anywhere delivery of educational content and critical student data. The HP Education Enterprise solution addresses two specific needs of K-12 education: personalizing instruction to improve student achievement; and data integration and reporting to meet specific federal and state requirements such as the No Child Left Behind Act.

The HP Education Enterprise solution incorporates a role-based learning portal that provides access to content, learning management and communication tools. Based on the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server platform, it provides seamless interoperability between school systems that allows school districts and state departments of education to create a unified data model, share critical student information and ensure that the information is accurate and filtered appropriately.

"School districts demand real value from their IT investments and look for solutions that allow them to cost-effectively personalize education and address the reporting challenges of the federal No Child Left Behind Act," said George Warren, director of K-12 line of business, HP Public Sector Organization. "The combined expertise of Microsoft and HP will help K-12 customers realize the benefits of implementing the HP Education Enterprise rapidly and effectively."

With one user sign-on and password, all portal users have access to the information and applications they need. For example, an easy-to-use Web interface gives parents access to information they care most about -- their child's grades, attendance, class schedule, conduct and assignments. Powerful communication tools also allow students to collaborate on assignments in real time with their teachers and with each other. And, district administrators can use the solution for data collection and reporting to ensure accountability.

"For technology to truly support improved learning, it has to remove limitations and create new opportunities for students, educators and parents," said Jigish Avalani, managing director for Microsoft's Education Solution Group. "That's exactly what the HP Education Enterprise solution developed on the Windows Platform does. We've worked together with educators to make it easy to gather and share quality instructional resources and reliable student information."

As a .NET prime integrator, HP Services can create, customize and support a comprehensive portfolio of solutions based on HP ProLiant servers and HP storage systems. This new initiative uses Microsoft server software including Share Point Portal Server, Biz Talk Server, Exchange Server and Class Server. It was developed using Microsoft .NET technologies including ASP.NET.

Lake Washington Public Schools

The mission of the Lake Washington School District in Washington is to create a personalized learning environment for every child. "We want our students to have a first-class education -- the kind that gives them the knowledge, skills and capability to work and compete in the global marketplace," said Assistant Superintendent Chip Kimball. "We want to provide our students with the most powerful tools available to prepare them for the 21st century.

"Through HP's Education Enterprise learning portal, we will have more access to specific and aggregated data because all our systems are linked together. This allows us to offer targeted information to teachers, parents and administrators and provide materials for individual student needs," said Kimball. "We appreciate HP's longstanding commitment to education. With HP as a partner, we can realize the full potential of our technology investment."

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