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Orchard Now™ Releases Correlation to Common Core Standards

Math and Language Arts Assessment and Instruction are Aligned to Ensure Appropriate Preparation and Remediation

Falls Church, VA, September 7, 2011 – Educational Options, Inc. (EdOptions™) announced today the release of the Common Core Standards correlation for its online elementary and middle school product line, Orchard Now. With this correlation, educators can be assured that Orchard Now's instructional activities, assessment, and practice cover the skills and knowledge found within the standards.

“Now that adoption of the Common Core Standards has become wide spread, it is important that schools have at their disposal resources that match the requirements outlined by the standards. Through our educational technology, we are providing this critical tool for educators to prepare their students for success,” said Janice Wilder, vice president of academics and curriculum for EdOptions™.

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 and RTI implementation.

The Common Core Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The initiative provides teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn regardless of where they live.

Subjects covered in the standards include Language Arts and Mathematics. Language Arts standards address the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and media and technology. In Mathematics, the standards cover a “solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals” for K-5 students, and “a coherent and rich preparation for high school mathematics” for middle school students, while high school standards “prepare students to think and reason mathematically.”

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 50 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.orchardnow.com and www.edoptions.com or email info@orchardlng.com and info@edoptions.com.

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