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Mississippi’s Third Largest School District Uses Technology to Assist Students with World Language Program
Rankin County School District Leverages Rosetta Stone to Help Elementary, Middle and High School Students Compete at a Global Level

Arlington, VA, Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Featuring more National Board Certified teachers than any other district in the state and among the highest in the nation, Mississippi’s Rankin County School District (RCSD) has expanded the rigorous and high-quality instruction it is known for to include World Language Learning. Through a partnership with Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) now in its second year, students in 17 of Rankin’s 28 elementary, middle and high schools have access to the digital language learning program, helping them to develop reading, writing and speaking world language skills at an accelerated pace.

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“Rankin County School District has always strived to provide our 19,500 students with the tools they need to compete at the global level, and this includes the incorporation of foreign language opportunities throughout the district,” said Dr. Sue Townsend, Superintendent of Education.  “With every instructional area, we regularly take a step back and evaluate the effectiveness of our teaching strategies and tools provided to our teachers.  After careful examination, we identified conversational language fluency as an area that we could improve on and Rosetta Stone as a tool to help us get to where we want to be.”

The district selected Rosetta Stone after researching several foreign language options; language teachers were then invited to evaluate the platform to determine efficacy. For the first time, every RCSD student taking a world language course will have the opportunity to utilize the globally recognized platform for learning foreign languages. Students in grades 5, 6 and 8 study Spanish; seventh graders are offered a sampling of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and German; and high school students can choose between Spanish and French (in select schools). 

“When we began working with Rankin County, one of their primary requests was to have the program accessible to students outside of the classroom so they could continue to work on their language skills anytime,” said Matt Hall, vice president, Enterprise & Education, Rosetta Stone. “We love seeing that they are already making such great strides in the program and that their acquired language skills are having a real impact on their lives. We applaud Rankin County for recognizing how technology can positively impact learning in the classroom.”

The Rosetta Stone program is a flexible supplement to regular classroom instruction: Students in one elementary school and every middle and high school spend 40-60 minutes per week using the program with the assistance of language teacher in a classroom setting. But language learning doesn’t stop when class ends. Because the program is cloud-based, students can learn and practice from virtually anywhere using their laptop, smartphone or tablet.  Helping to make that possible is the district’s 1:1 initiative, in which students in grades 7-12 receive a Mac Book Air.

“We are now in our second year of implementation with Rosetta Stone, and there has been a welcome uptick in student usage, with nearly 2,100 hours logged during the first six weeks of instruction,” said Josh Frazier, who oversees Instructional Technology for RCSD and spearheaded the implementation of Rosetta Stone into the curriculum.  “The program is particularly appealing because the technology allows students to learn on the go – whether they’re at home or in class – and they can self-pace their instruction.”

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About Rankin County School District
Rankin County School District is home to some of the finest schools in Mississippi and the nation. Our educational standards are high and our goal is to educate the whole child. In addition to academic development and growth, the RCSD instructional program includes a wide variety of opportunities to develop the personality, character and leadership qualities of each student. Students may enroll in accelerated and advanced placement classes, dual credit college courses, and choose from a wide variety of electives, including art, music, computer science, business and career academies.  For more information, please visit https://www.rcsd.ms/.

About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.
Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone's literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.  

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.  “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.


Media Contacts
Michelle Alvarez | Head of Global Communications, Rosetta Stone
202.390.0032 | malvarez@rosettastone.com

Kristen Windham | Director of Public Relations, Rankin County School District
601.825.5590 |kristen.windham@rcsd.ms

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