Archipelago Learning Releases Study Island Version 4.0

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Enhancements Offer Virtual Student Response Systems, Digital Flashcards, Customizable Assessments, and a Redesigned Teacher Page

Envision classrooms where students use interactive flashcards, not paper, and virtual student response systems replace raised hands. Picture teachers who are automatically informed, in real time, of student progress with comparisons to standards mastery. Imagine teachers having immediate access to professional development workshops, advanced lesson plans and classroom activities for improved teaching and learning. Welcome to Archipelago Learning’s (NASDAQ:ARCL) newest release of Study Island, Version 4.0.

Used by more than 22,800 schools across the country, Study Island provides high impact, low cost, subscription-based K-12 learning solutions in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. The new Study Island v4 builds upon that foundation with new standards-aligned instruction, inventive practice activities, customized assessments, and productivity tools that improve the performance of students. In addition, Study Island v4 offers even greater customization features, improved interactivity functions, and more professional development resources so students and teachers can flourish.

“Study Island has always focused on giving teachers and students everything they need to be successful,” said Tim McEwen, chief executive officer for Archipelago Learning. “With our newest release we just got better with improved functionality for greater differentiated instruction and learning outcomes. The V4 release reflects the on-going investment that Archipelago Learning makes to keep the core Study Island product at the leading edge of K-12 learning solutions.”

For Teachers and Administrators
For teachers, the newly released Study Island v4 offers a redesigned teacher page for a single point of access to manage everything from classroom preferences and individual student instructional activities, to professional development resources and snapshot views of student progress against standards mastery. In addition, the new Custom Assessment Builder enables teachers to easily build ad hoc diagnostic and formative assessments in core subjects, giving them the real-time data they need to make informed instructional decisions.

More affordable and accessible professional development options will be available too, including a variety of online video workshops, more lesson plans, new supplemental activities and digital resources that support teaching to current standards and future Common Core State Standards. For administrators, new weekly principal reports will be automatically sent via e-mail, giving principals an ”at-a-glance” view of important achievement progress and gaps.

Student Enhancements
Students will find three new enhancements to make learning more fun and engaging including new game interfaces, interactive flashcards and soft clickers or virtual student response systems. The new game interface is neatly organized by level of challenge so students can quickly pick their favorite games with a single click. With the inclusion of interactive flashcards, students can learn and practice with digital or printable flashcards with select lessons extending their learning from school to home. Finally, the addition of “soft clickers” allows teachers to instantly access student understanding of key concepts, while giving schools the added benefit of cost savings by allowing them to use the computers they already have instead of purchasing additional hardware.

“And we aren’t stopping there,” added McEwen, “We are launching a new app in the iTunes Store for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad devices that will turn them into classroom clickers, too.”

“The Island” for High School
Study Island v4 also includes a completely revamped high school product, called The Island. With relevant, online collaborative learning environments, The Island offers high school students more complex and age-appropriate games; self-paced digital writing assignment portfolios; a comprehensive college readiness section rich with test taking strategies for SAT, ACT and AP exams; and extensive career planning guidance. As always, all lessons are aligned to current standards and scalable to future Common Core State Standards.

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 22,800 schools in the United States and Canada. EducationCity, used by 8,200 schools in the United Kingdom and 4,800 schools in the United States, provides online K-6 instructional content and assessments for reading, mathematics and science. Northstar Learning, for the post-secondary market, offers online instructional content and exam preparation products across a variety of core curriculum and vocational topics.

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