Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) July 21, 2010
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 Illinois, North Carolina, West Virginia, and several others have 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 its products, built directly from the CCSS for Illinois, North Carolina and West Virginia schools.
The Illinois, North Carolina and West Virginia editions of Study Island include online instructional content, supplemental resources, video lessons, a digital writing portfolio, online assessment development, and engaging animated games. In addition, the new editions include an extensive online integrated professional development module, with teacher videos, lesson plans, activities, and supporting materials to enable a smooth and effective transition to the new standards.
To provide districts and schools with complete flexibility, customers will be able to concurrently access both the current standards as well as the new updated CCSS from within the Study Island products. For additional ease of use, Study Island also provides a roadmap for helping educators transition to the new standards as they continue to teach to the current standards for their state. The company plans to have CCSS products for all states officially adopting the new standards by the start of the school year.
"When standards change, it can be complex, challenging and costly for districts and schools. Because we're completely web-based and our content is built directly from each state's specific learning standards, Study Island is uniquely positioned to help districts and schools successfully address the Common Core State Standards in a simple, affordable and convenient way," said Tim McEwen, chief executive officer for Archipelago Learning. "Study Island is a highly economical resource, with annual, per-student subscriptions costing only about as much as a box of markers or an inexpensive calculator. The fact that the new standards are automatically included in our regular subscription price with no additional fees is a huge financial benefit to districts and schools."
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 CCSS, 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 CCSS and optimally use Study Island's curriculum, assessment and reporting features and functionality.
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: http://www.studyisland.com.
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 http://www.archipelagolearning.com. Archipelago Learning is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
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