Archipelago Learning Releases New Benchmark Exams in Pennsylvania as Part of Study Island Program for K-12

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New Pennsylvania, online benchmark exams improves classroom instruction while helping students prepare for college, careers

Archipelago Learning (NASDAQ:ARCL), a leading subscription-based online education company, today announced the release of Pre-PSSA 9th/10th Grade Math and Pre-PSSA 9th/10th Grade Reading Benchmarks for the state of Pennsylvania. These courses are the newest addition to the Study Island Pennsylvania Standards Mastery and PSSA Preparation program.

The use of benchmark exams in the classroom has increasingly become the standard in gauging how students understand and retain lessons taught in the classroom, thus improving their learning while enhancing a teacher’s overall classroom success. A recently published article in Colleague, a publication from the University of Arkansas, stated, “The data collected in benchmark exams can be used to improve classroom teaching.”

“We introduced our series of Benchmarks exams in Pennsylvania to assist districts and schools in the state to assess and complement end-of-year testing and to provide information to guide instruction, evaluate teachers, and identify students who are likely to score below proficient on state tests,” stated Julie Huston, executive vice president, Global Sales at Archipelago Learning. “Adding 9th/10th grade benchmarks to our existing programs gives students in Pennsylvania an advantage in the classroom to excel and become college and career ready.”

The Study Island PSSA Benchmark program consists of four unique benchmark tests built specifically from the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors. For more benchmark test features and reporting capabilities, please go to

About Archipelago Learning
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company that provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessments and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary web-based platforms. Study Island, the core product line, helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island products are utilized by approximately 9 million students in more than 21,500 schools in 50 states and Canada. For more information, please visit Archipelago Learning is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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