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Schools Recognize Orchard as a Key Component in Earning National Title I Distinction!

ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 6, 2008 -- Siboney Learning Group, publisher of Orchard Software, salutes the achievement of two Orchard customers, University Park Elementary of Casper, Wyo., and Sacramento Elementary of Portland, Ore. Both schools were named Distinguished Schools for 2007 by the National Association of State Title I Directors. University Park principal Sally Huber and Sacramento principal Stevie Blakely received the recognition along with members of their faculties at the association's annual conference in Nashville, Tenn. this past February.

Each school expresses its ideals and expectations in a motto. The students and educators at University Park will tell you that "hard work, done well, feels good." The Sacramento lementary community believes in "Success for Every Student" and that "all students can and will learn." The National Title I Distinguished School distinction is a tribute to these high ideals and to the commitment of the schools' leadership, teachers, students, and parents.

Each school is proud to acknowledge that Orchard Software has played a key role in their instruction and intervention strategies.

"We use Orchard two ways in our intervention strategies," said Huber. "In the fall we administer the Orchard pre-assessment to identify instructional needs; students then work in Orchard two to three times a week. We also use it in an after-school program called 'Bridges.'"

"Orchard math and reading have assisted our teachers in developing appropriate, research-based interventions for both advanced and struggling students," said Blakely. "The data in Orchard reports help teachers make adjustments in students' instruction and present the students with additional learning experiences."

Since 1996, the National Association of State Title I Directors has recognized Title I schools either for closing the achievement gap between student groups or for exceptional student performance over two or more consecutive years. Both University Park Elementary and Sacramento Elementary earned the Distinguished School distinction for closing the achievement gap between student groups.

About Orchard Software
Orchard is a comprehensive software solution designed to support regular classroom instruction and to help schools meet AYP goals 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. To learn more about Orchard, go to or call 1- 800-351-1404.