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Archipelago Learning's New Study Island Fall Enhancements Offer Seamless Interface With Mobile Devices

(August 30, 2011)

DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Archipelago Learning (Nasdaq:ARCL), a leading subscription-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, today announced the release of Study Island's Fall enhancements featuring mobile optimization, new games, interactive flash animations and enhanced lessons. The new enhancements provide educators and students more convenient access to an even richer learning experience, and further demonstrate how Study Island makes the print-to-digital transition easier and more affordable for schools.



Study Island is a high impact, low cost educational solution that provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of K-12 students and their teachers. The updated offering is fully optimized for use on mobile devices such as iPad®, iTouch®, and iPhone®, as well as Android™ tablet and smartphone devices. As a result, teachers and students can now conveniently access Study Island lessons, activities, and reports from any connected mobile device.



"Districts and schools are under immense pressure to improve student performance, while dealing with severe budget constraints and changing state and federal accountability mandates," said Tim McEwen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Archipelago Learning.  "With the launch of these enhancements, educators using Study Island have the latest customizable digital education tools to increase student learning and improve academic performance, all in one affordable, easy to use web-based solution."


The enhanced lessons include easier navigation, and new videos, slide shows and interactive animations that increase engagement and reinforce academic concepts. Filled with fun and interesting characters, Study Island's new animations for 2nd through 5th grade math and English language arts concepts are terrific for individualized, self-paced instruction or whole-class instruction on interactive whiteboards.  




With lessons and activities built directly from individual state standards and Common Core State Standards, Study Island combines rigorous, yet fun and engaging content in math, reading, writing, science and social studies. With real-time reporting on student performance, teachers can easily differentiate instruction using a research-based content bank, including over 440,000 unique items, to address learning gaps and help students prepare for state assessments. The award-winning product also includes tools for parent communication and professional development.



About Study Island



Study Island is a fully-digital rigorous supplemental solution that supports teachers as they assist K-12 students master grade-level academic standards 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: www.studyisland.com.



About Archipelago Learning



Archipelago Learning (Nasdaq:ARCL) is a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products used by approximately 14 million students in about 38,700 schools throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Our comprehensive digital supplemental product suite uses technology to transform education. We make rigorous learning fun, engaging, accessible, and affordable. For more information, please visit us at www.archipelagolearning.com.



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