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Orchard Software Recognized as 2010 AEP Awards Finalist

Orchard Learning, Inc.™ Product Selected in Three Categories

St. Louis, Missouri, May 6th, 2010 – Orchard Learning, Inc.’s Orchard Software has been named as a finalist in the 2010 Association of Educational Publishers’ (AEP) Awards program, the largest and longest-running awards program for educational products.

Orchard's grades 6-8 mathematics curriculum was recognized as a finalist in the AEP Distinguished Achievement Awards' Curriculum Software category as well as its K-5 curriculum in the Special Education category, which honors products that are modified or particularized for those having singular needs or disabilities. Orchard was also chosen as a finalist in the Technology Innovations category for its powerful administrative tools which allow educators to create their own custom tests and assignments based on their state standards.

“It is a privilege to be recognized by the AEP,” said Bill Edwards, CEO of Orchard Learning. “Orchard Learning prides itself on providing effective solutions and tools for today’s educators. We strive to create programs that help teachers to improve student achievement and impact school improvement while keeping students motivated, engaged and challenged.”

The content in Orchard’s mathematics programs is aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics principles and standards. In addition, Orchard Software follows the Response to Intervention model, a strategy sanctioned by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) to effectively teach all students including those with learning disabilities.

Orchard Software provides educators with tools to customize student assignments according to individual needs, assess and monitor progress using state-aligned tests, and document school improvement through data management capabilities and detailed reporting.

About the Association of Educational Publishers’ Awards
Each year the AEP presents awards for outstanding educational products. Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational resources within the categories of Curriculum, Periodicals, Professional Development, and Technology Innovations. Winners for 2010 will be announced at the AEP's June 8 Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Association of Educational Publishers, visit

About Orchard Learning, Inc.
Orchard Learning publishes award-winning educational software including Orchard Software™, its flagship product line, which provides targeted state standards-based instruction, assessment and data management for pre-K – 9 in reading, language arts, math, and science. Orchard Learning is a partner of Educational Options Inc., an Arlington, Va. middle and high school online technology firm. The partnership provides a comprehensive and cost effective full pre-K-12 curriculum solution. Orchard Learning products also include PracticePlanet™, online test practice correlated to state testing standards; GAMCO™ Educational Software, single-title curriculum solutions; and Educational Activities Software™, software titles across the curriculum for middle school through adult learners. For more information, visit


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