Archipelago Learning Releases New Study Island High School Test Preparation Programs in South Caroilna

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New South Carolina, online HSAP Math & ELA and EOC Physical Science & U.S. History courses improve student performance and provide data to improve teacher quality

Archipelago Learning (NASDAQ:ARCL), a leading subscription-based online education company, today announced the release of South Carolina High School Assessment Program (HSAP) Math & ELA and End of Course (EOC) Physical Science & U.S. History for the state of South Carolina. An easy-to-use and affordable online solution, the newest additions to the Study Island HSAP and EOC Preparation Programs are specifically designed to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of the content specified in the South Carolina Academic Standards. Performance on these exams determines advancement, graduation status, and attaining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

States, districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students will benefit from the integration of Study Island's HSAP and EOC programs into course curriculum by exposing students to the specific content and design of South Carolina's HSAP and EOC exams. Study Island is designed to improve student performance, provide feedback for teachers and students, offer opportunities for targeted teaching, and provide data to improve teachers' ability to differentiate instruction based on individual student needs.

"With the continued emphasis on America's children to be college-ready, as well as the importance of being able to compete in a global economy, it is critical that high school students are prepared for the content and style of the HSAP and EOC examinations," stated Allison Duquette, Chief Marketing Officer at Archipelago Learning. "Utilizing Study Island's South Carolina programs is a cost-effective way for teachers to reinforce classroom lessons and concentrate specifically on the areas the program identifies as topics for additional improvement. Study Island also enables students to increase their confidence level for taking the exams, which helps to improve passing rates and ultimately increases graduation rates.

Designed with dynamic content, built-in remediation, real-time reporting, engaging content, and an interactive game mode, Study Island HSAP and EOC Preparation Programs join Study Island's existing library of programs for the state of South Carolina which include:

  •     2nd Grade Math and Reading
  •     3rd - 8th Grade Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies
  •     EOC - Algebra I and English I

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 9.5 million students in more than 21,700 schools in 50 states and Canada. For more information, please visit Archipelago Learning is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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