Archipelago Learning Releases New Study Island Courses to Help Students Improve Performance on Maryland End-of-Course Exams

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New Study Island online courses are built from Maryland's Core Learning Goals for Biology and Government; designed to 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 new courses for its Study Island High School Assessment (HSA) Preparation Program for Maryland schools. Covering the subjects of Biology and Government, the new courses are designed to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of the content specified in the state’s Core Learning Goals, thus improving performance on end-of-course exams.

An easy-to-use and affordable online solution, Study Island offers real-time reporting that can be used by teachers to differentiate instruction to address learning gaps and help students prepare for the end of course exams. The integration of Study Island’s programs into daily course curriculum has been shown to increase student performance in a wide variety of subjects, including math, English language arts, science, and others. And because Study Island’s HSA Preparation Program presents content specific to the Maryland exam’s style and design, students experience an increase in confidence in their test-taking abilities.

“It is extremely important for today’s high school students to be college and career ready, as well as prepared for the content and style of the HSA test,” stated Allison Duquette, chief marketing officer at Archipelago Learning. “By utilizing the Study Island HSA preparation program, teachers can reinforce classroom lessons and concentrate on the areas for additional focus as identified by the program. Study Island’s cost-effective and easy-to-use programs allow students to practice for the HSA exam which can increase graduation rates and improve overall AYP status for the school and district.”    

Designed with dynamic content, built-in remediation, real-time reporting, engaging content, and an interactive game mode, Study Island High School Biology and Government programs join Study Island’s existing library of programs for the state of Maryland which include:

  •     2nd – 8th Grade Math and Reading
  •     5th and 8th Grade Science
  •     High School Math and Reading

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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