Award-Winning Digital Publisher Shmoop Receives Statewide Curriculum Approval Under Proclamation 2020

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Shmoop, which draws 16 million monthly users to their online education resources, is one of seven publishers approved for the Texas 2020-2021 ELA 9-12 adoption, alongside Pearson and McGraw-Hill.

Shmoop was reviewed alongside big-name textbook publishers including Pearson and McGraw-Hill, but gained approval for the single largest selection of courses of all reviewed publishers.

Shmoop, a witty online learning company known for its award-winning test prep and certified online courses, was one of only 7 educational publishers to receive the prestigious approval for school curriculum use under Texas’ Proclamation 2020.

Shmoop was reviewed alongside big-name textbook publishers including Pearson and McGraw-Hill, but gained approval for the single largest selection of courses of all reviewed publishers. As an approved publisher, Shmoop’s approved course materials cover nine subjects, are aligned with Texas curriculum standards TEKS and ELPS, and can be seamlessly added to any Texas school or district curriculum. An astonishing 16 million monthly users tap into Shmoop’s online education resources each month, and that number is expected to continue climbing.

Every year, the Texas State Board of Education releases a Proclamation which calls for new curriculum materials. Proclamation 2020 was a call for High School English Language Arts (ELA) and reading instructional materials. Courses were rigorously reviewed by trained educators, with approvals announced in November 2019. Shmoop was approved for nine courses, including:

  • ELA 9: Introduction to Literature
  • ELA 10: World Literature
  • ELA 11: American Literature
  • ELA 12: British Literature
  • African American Poetry
  • Greek and Roman Mythology
  • Journalism
  • Holocaust Literature
  • Reading for College Success

These adopted materials will be available for classroom use beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

“With some of the largest districts in Texas, Utah, and California actively using Shmoop, this is a step in the right direction for education.” said Andy Rahden, CEO of Shmoop. “We are excited to be one of the few digital publishers approved under Proclamation 2020, and look forward to paving the way for adoption of digital curriculum.” Shmoop’s courses take a fresh approach on delivering content and course materials, using humor and storytelling as a catalyst for student engagement, while following a rigorous and personalized learning approach that drives results.

Schools and districts that are interested in learning more about Shmoop’s approved courses, or would like to discuss adding them to their curriculum should contact Tim Kimbrell at tim@shmoop.com or 214-893-7642.

About Shmoop
Shmoop was founded in 2008, on the concept that the idea of learning was just too hard. Shmoop’s teaching and learning methods are centered around the belief that students can love learning, and humor can be the catalyst of engagement. As one of the largest digital educational publishers, Shmoop’s user-base has grown to over 16 million monthly users, with over 1200 schools and districts using their solutions. Shmoop proudly owns 100% of their content, with an author base that boasts years of teaching experience, PhDs, and Masters program graduates (http://www.shmoop.com).

About Proclamation 2020
Proclamation 2020 was issued by the Texas State Board of Education during its April 2018 meeting. It called for English Language Arts (ELA) and reading instructional materials for high school courses as well as English as a Second Language course material for middle school and high school. Materials adoption was scheduled for November 2019, where the approved publishers were announced for adoption. Adopted materials will be available for classroom use in the 2020-2021 school year. Visit the Texas Education Agency for more information.

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