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Ed-Tech Leader PREPWORKS® Receives Back-to-Back BESSIE Awards

April 24, 2014

Company Awarded Best ACT Test Prep and Best Algebra End of Course Test Prep Worldwide

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- For the second consecutive year, PREPWORKS ( has received the prestigious BESSIE award for Best Educational Software, which recognizes innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers around the world. This year PREPWORKS received two awards: one for best ACT Test Prep and one for Best Algebra End of Course Prep. Last year, PREPWORKS was recognized as the best Adaptive Test Preparation website worldwide by The ComputED Gazette, as part of its 2013 Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Awards.

"With thousands of students across the country and the globe engaged in our adaptive e-learning programs, we are honored to accept this accolade from peers worldwide,” said Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, PREPWORKS founder and CEO. "As a team of educators and technologists, we pride ourselves in creating game-changing technology to meet the needs of today’s students and teachers. Our Learning Positioning System® delivers trillions of personalized learning paths, changing the way students learn and achieve on high-stakes tests.”

PREPWORKS programs help students on a range of pre-college standardized assessments -- from PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams, to state level End-of-Course exams, and College Readiness tests. The company's proprietary Learning Positioning System® (LPS) evaluates each student's starting point, provides a prescriptive learning path, gathers hundreds of data points as they learn, and re-calculates the student's course along the way. Inspired by a GPS navigation system, PREPWORKS LPS technology guides learners to success in real time. In addition to helping students maximize test scores, PREPWORKS programs promote strong foundational knowledge and college readiness.

"These awards highlight our commitment to education and demonstrate that we understand what students, parents and educators expect from a leader in mobile, adaptive learning," said Michael Penney, PREPWORKS chief technology officer. “Our proprietary platform enables students to improve their scores, which in turn affects their high school completion, college matriculation and eventually their lives.”

With hundreds of HD video lessons streamed to any internet-ready device, including laptops, iPads, tablets, and netbooks, PREPWORKS programs are engaging and animated. The company's Interactive Sketchpad™ turns every computer into a writable canvas to apply strategies and simplify expressions, and is described as one of the most effective methods ever seen.

"Parents and educators alike are recognizing that PREPWORKS has the most dynamic and adaptive platform to help students prepare and succeed in today's competitive academic environment," said LaFlamme Ortega.


Founded in 2005, PREPWORKS (, an educational technology and tutoring company, offers a combination of innovative software, courseware, and reporting capabilities specifically designed to promote student achievement in secondary school and today's high-stakes standardized assessments. The company serves students from across the country and the globe, working at district and state levels, as well as with many independent schools and non-profit organizations.


Ashley Tremblay, 305-361-2400


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Source: Business Wire