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For Immediate Release
October 5, 2010
National Ranking Reveals Which Schools Keep Students Safest When Searching Online
netTrekker’s Annual Top 100 Safe Search Awards Recognizes Districts by Enrollment Level – Top Awards go to Orange County Public Schools, Fla., Blue Springs School District, Mo., and Morehouse Parish School District, La.

CINCINNATI — Oct. 5, 2010 — A top 100 national ranking of school districts, indicating which districts keep students safest when searching online, was released today. The 2009-2010 school year Safe Search Awards Program was broken out by small-, medium- and large-sized districts. Orange County Public Schools, in Florida, finished first for the large-sized districts, with more than 5.4 million safe searches for the 2009-2010 school year. For the mid-sized districts, Blue Springs School District, in Missouri, led with 1,619,750 searches. Morehouse Parish School District, in Louisiana, came in first for the small-sized districts with 429,797 searches.

The Safe Search Awards Index was administered by netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational resources. Used by millions of students and teachers in thousands of schools worldwide, netTrekker is the leading safe educational search tool designed to engage students through personalized learning.

Educators are increasingly seeking out safe digital resources and tools that increase student engagement and performance. netTrekker’s expert team of educators reviews each resource for academic integrity, age appropriateness, and safety. netTrekker also delivers a unique set of personalized learning tools and options to help educators and students identify the right resources to meet their individual needs. Fast and easy access to netTrekker’s 300,000 engaging lesson plans, videos, images, learning games, and other Web resources ensures educators find appropriate and relevant resources to help every student learn and achieve.

"This year’s Safe Search Award winners have taken measures to protect students on the Internet, a critical educational endeavor in the digital age," said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of netTrekker. "Giving students the opportunity to search for resources that meet their individual learning needs using a tool they know is safe is a significant step each of these districts has made toward providing a more engaging, personalized learning experience for their students."

Each of the top districts will be awarded with a prize package valued at $2,495.


The top three school districts in each category include:

Large-Size:
Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Fla.
Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas
Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Ga.

Mid-Size:
Blue Springs School District, Blue Springs, Mo.
Hampton City Schools, Hampton, Va.
Denton Independent School District, Denton, Texas

Small-Size:
Morehouse Parish School District, Bastrop, La.
Delphi Community School District, Delphi, Ind.
La Grange Elementary School District 102, La Grange Park, Ill.

For more information about netTrekker, visit www.netTrekker.com.

About netTrekker

netTrekker is dedicated to enhancing the learning environment by providing highly effective technologies that deliver rich educational content to students and teachers in a safe, relevant, easy-to-use format. The netTrekker product portfolio includes educational search tool, netTrekker Search and personalized student workspace solution, igotta. netTrekker also provides solutions focused on professional development, global services and print-to-digital transition of education agencies and publishers. Founded in 1999, netTrekker is widely recognized as the first standards-based educational search tool and is currently serves millions of students and is present in over 18,000 K-12 public and private schools across U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.