Shmoop Receives A-G Approval for New Courses, Bringing Total to Over 50 Approved Courses

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Over 50 of Shmoop's online courses will now be honored as part of the requirements for admissions into the University of California system.

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Our courses provide a rigorous alternative to the traditional classroom, and this approval from the CSU and UC systems is validation of that rigor.

Online education is becoming more popular at the high school level, but the quality of content is far from consistent across the board. Shmoop (https://www.shmoop.com), a digital publisher known for its award-winning test prep and certified online courses, bucks that trend by offering the best in breed of online courses. Shmoop is now offering over 50 "a-g" approved courses that are honored as part of the requirements for admission into the University of California system.

In order to receive certification, courses must meet iNACOL's rigorous National Standards for Quality Online Courses; according to the University of California A-G guide, approved courses "are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students' oral and listening skills." Shmoop hits the nail on the head with core courses in math, science, English, history, and foreign language, along with ten college-preparatory electives, including Economics and Journalism, and twelve AP® authorized courses.

Shmoop's courses can be taken in a variety of contexts, appealing to homeschoolers, virtual students, and students in regular ol' brick-and-mortar schools. As long as Shmoop's courses appear on a school's "a-g" course list and official transcripts, they'll count for credit.

"Shmoop is granting more credibility to online education," says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "Our courses provide a rigorous alternative to the traditional classroom, and this approval from the CSU and UC systems is validation of that rigor."

Individual users can subscribe to Shmoop and access all of Shmoop's Online Courses—along with hundreds of other resources—for $24.68/month, while schools and districts can receive bulk discounts by contacting sales@shmoop.com.

About Shmoop

Shmoop offers hundreds of thousands of pages of original content. Their Online Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, Learning Guides, and interactive Study Tools are written by teachers and experts and balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 15 million unique visitors a month across desktop and mobile. The company has won numerous awards from EdTech Digest, Tech & Learning, and the Association of Educational Publishers. Launched in 2008, Shmoop makes the magic happen from a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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