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Siboney Learning Group Connects Assessment to Prescriptive Content

New Orchard® Release Uses PracticePlanetTM Test Results
to Generate Data-Driven Intervention Strategies

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 22, 2008 -- Drowning under mountains of data created by the implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), schools struggle with how to use the data to impact student learning. Siboney Learning Group, a leader in K-12 educational software, connects the two by linking standards-based test results to individual learning plans with prescriptive content based on state curriculum standards.
“What this means,” said Siboney Learning Group President Bill Edwards, “is that not only have we introduced in PracticePlanet a 24/7, online, interactive resource to practice for state tests, we have also created a dynamic pairing in which Orchard uses PracticePlanet assessment results to generate data-driven intervention strategies.”

Orchard’s Assessment and Assignment Builder makes it possible. This unique feature enables teachers to use data from Orchard assessments, state tests, and now PracticePlanet activities to customize interventions to specific student needs. “How many teachers and administrators see the stack of test reports they’ve just received and think, ‘I’ve got data. Now what?’” said Edwards. “The Assessment and Assignment Builder builds an individual learning plan to specifically address unmastered standards to help students achieve success.”
In addition to more than 125 content and design updates, Orchard now features increased compatibility with recent versions of Windows, including Vista. For the Macintosh platform, nearly all Orchard programs have been reengineered to run on OS X-native Macs. This is particularly important to schools with aging hardware.

About Orchard Software
Orchard features standards-based assessments, automatic targeted assignments, and comprehensive data management and progress reporting. With more than 160 instructional modules covering over 5,000 lessons, Orchard ensures that students are working on the specific skills they need to master today's challenging academic standards.

To learn more about award winners Orchard and Practice Planet, visit or Siboney Learning Group, publisher of Orchard and PracticePlanet, is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Other leading product lines include Educational Activities Software, Journey, and GAMCO. For more information, visit