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Orchard Software and PracticePlanet Chosen by Waco City Schools for TAKS Preparation

ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 12 , 2008 -- Waco Independent School District has chosen Orchard Software and PracticePlanet for its middle and high school AYP solution and to improve student scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exam. Waco ISD will be implementing PracticePlanet online test practice and Orchard’s more than 50 math and science programs with 6500 students in grades six through 12 at 10 campuses in the district beginning in March.

“Closing the achievement gap in our urban district is a challenge,” said Director of Secondary Education Dr. Royce Avery. “Orchard provides the individualized instruction we need to meet the needs of those students hardest to reach and PracticePlanet will provide students that require skill refreshment the additional help they need for TAKS preparation. We’ve been using Orchard on other campuses and have received excellent customer service and professional development.”

The national emphasis on math and science curriculum in education has made supplemental instruction and the preparation for assessment in these areas critical to schools around the country. Orchard’s curriculum is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge Standards in math, science and language arts and PracticePlanet is aligned to Texas’ testing standards.

With a proven record of helping schools achieve AYP, Orchard provides state correlated assessments, differentiated instruction and data management with progress monitoring in one affordable program. PracticePlanet is an easy-to-use online test practice program designed to prepare students for state tests in grades 2-9 for language arts and math.

About Orchard Software
Orchard is a comprehensive software solution designed to support classroom instruction and to help schools meet AYP goals and implement RtI in K-9 math, reading, writing, language arts, and science. Orchard's standards-based assessments, its targeted, motivating instruction, and its qualitative data reporting feature make it the choice of educators in more than 8,000 schools serving over 4 million students across the United States. Visit or call 1-800-351-1404 for information.

About PracticePlanet
To learn more about Practice Planet, visit or call 1-800-610-7095. Siboney Learning Group, publisher of PracticePlanet, is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Other leading product lines include Educational Activities Software and GAMCO. For more information, visit