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Orchard Now™ Releases Math Concepts for Grades 4-6 Instruction

New Activities Offer Multimedia, Web-Delivered Content Aligned to NCTM Standards

Falls Church, VA, August 17, 2011 – EdOptions™ elementary division product, Orchard Now, released today new Math Concepts instructional activities for grades 4-6. The new Math Concepts activities provide practice with number sense; basic operations and order of operations; geometry and spatial sense; graphing and managing data; probability; measurement; algebra, patterning, and logic; and fraction concepts . This is the third product release from Orchard Now this year.

“Orchard Now's Math Concepts activities utilize the flexibility and power of the Internet to enhance student learning. Lessons provide opportunities to manipulate data, engage and keep student interest, and offer immediate feedback when solving problems,” said Janice Wilder, vice president of academics and curriculum for EdOptions™.

Orchard Now combines the power of the Web with critical tools that schools need for student achievement. Developed by the publisher of award-winning Orchard Software®, PracticePlanet™, and Stars Suite®, Orchard Now offers a customized learning environment with activities, practice, and assessment for schools to address the needs of all students. Students are placed into individualized, state standards-aligned, learning paths based on assessment results. Orchard Now automates data collection, analysis, and reporting for easy progress monitoring.

Math Concepts instructional activities cover the important computational and conceptual elements stressed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Through various techniques, students are taught how to apply reasoning skills and mathematical thinking in meaningful contexts. Orchard Now is also an excellent tool for whole class instruction using whiteboard technology.

Educator implementation and student use of Orchard Now is simple. Teachers begin by assigning students a pretest correlated to state standards. Upon completion of the pretest, students receive their scores and are immediately placed on a custom learning path, which is aligned to skill areas in need of reinforcement. A posttest shows specific progress on all skills assessed on state tests.

About Educational Options, Inc.
EdOptions™ is an award-winning education technology firm located in Falls Church, Virginia. Its premier product, Stars Suite®, has served more than one million students nationwide and features 49 middle school and high school courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation, and GED® study. EdOptions Online Academy™, the virtual school division of EdOptions, is a fully accredited online high school designed to support both public and non-traditional educational institutions with rigorous curriculum, powerful Web-based technology, and certified-teacher support. Orchard Software™, the elementary division of EdOptions, provides targeted state standards-based instruction, assessment and data management for grades pre-K–9 in Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science. For more information, visit www.edoptions.com or email info@edoptions.com.

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