Study Island from Archipelago Learning Accounces Common Core Standards Product Updates for Missouri and Ohio

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Professional development, instructional and assessment materials will help Missouri and Ohio teachers adjust classroom practices, prepare students for transition to new standards

When the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 education last month, they set in motion a seismic shift in what students are expected to learn and how teachers are supposed to teach. Kentucky became the first state to officially commit to adopt the CCSS, and since that time, additional states including Missouri, Ohio, and several others have also announced their intent to move to the new standards.

To help educators ensure their students are gaining the critical knowledge and skills specified by the new standards, Archipelago Learning, (NASDAQ:ARCL), a leading subscription-based online education company and developer of the highly-acclaimed Study Island, announced today the availability of new versions of their products, built directly from the CCSS for Missouri and Ohio schools.

The Missouri and Ohio editions of Study Island include on-line instructional content, supplemental resources, video lessons, a digital writing portfolio, on-line assessment development, and engaging animated games. In addition, the new Study Island Missouri and Ohio editions include an extensive on-line integrated professional development module, with teacher videos, lesson plans, activities, and supporting materials to enable a smooth and effective transition to the new standards.

Customers will be able to concurrently access both the prior standards as well as the new updated Common Core State Standards from within the Study Island products, to provide districts and schools with complete flexibility. Study Island plans to have CCSS products for all states officially adopting the new standards by the start of the school year.

“Changing standards can be complex, challenging and costly for schools and districts," said Tim McEwen, chief executive officer for Archipelago Learning. "However, because we are 100 percent web-based, we are uniquely positioned to help schools and districts transition to new standards in a way that is both simple and cost-effective. It's no different with the Common Core State Standards, and no doubt why we are one of the fastest growing providers of online education solutions to the K-12 market. Study Island is the most economical resource available to schools that supports the transition to the new standards. We provide an online resource built from current standards, a roadmap for helping educators transition to the new standards, and the most comprehensive coverage of the new Common Core State Standards - all included in our regular subscription price, with no additional fees.”

Through its large and experienced product development team, proprietary content management systems and authoring tools, Study Island's online instruction, practice, assessment, and productivity tools are built directly from state standards and the new Common Core State Standards, and are constantly updated. The comprehensive, web-based program combines rigorous content in math, reading, writing, science and social studies with interactive games and rewards that engage students, reinforce accomplishments and create a culture of academic success. In addition, Study Island's eLearning professional development workshops are available to help educators effectively transition to the new common core standards and optimally use Study Island's curriculum, assessment and reporting features and functionality. The goal is to speed student acquisition of fundamental academic skills and conceptual understandings, and to do so via a unique methodology that ensures learning mastery is sustainable and achieved in a fun and engaging manner.

Study Island is available for purchase by schools, districts and learning centers, as well as parents and students. More information along with pricing for individuals and quantity discounts for educational institutions is available at the Study Island website:

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 and is utilized by over 10 million students in approximately 21,800 schools in the United States and Canada. EducationCity, which provides online K-6 instructional content and assessments for reading, mathematics and science, is used by 8,200 schools in the United Kingdom and 4,800 schools in the United States. Northstar Learning, for the post-secondary market, offers online instructional content and exam preparation products across a variety of core curriculum and vocational topics. For more information, please visit Archipelago Learning is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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