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Orchard Software Recognized Again for Excellence

ST. LOUIS, MO, October 19, 2007 -- St. Louis-based Siboney Learning Group's Orchard Gold Star Software has been selected as a winner in Technology & Learning magazine's Award of Excellence program, which recognizes the "best educational offerings" each year.

Orchard was chosen to join the elite winners' circle from a field of over 120 entries, which were reviewed by a panel of more than 30 educator-judges. Susan McLester, editor-in-chief of Technology & Learning, noted that Award of Excellence winners for 2007 exhibit a practicality and usability that "reflect an impressive effort by publishers to respond to the real needs of schools."

"We know the amount of research and thought that schools devote to investing in effective instructional resources," said Siboney Learning Group President Bill Edwards. "Orchard Software is a proven, comprehensive solution that addresses the day-to-day concerns of today's schools, and we're proud to congratulate Orchard customers on their careful choice of a product that has been recognized as an education industry leader."

Technology & Learning's Award of Excellence is the fourth in a series of awards that Orchard has garnered in 2007, beginning with the selection as a finalist for a CODiE Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) in January. Orchard's Language Arts 7-9 Bundle won the ComputEd Learning Center's Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award for middle school language arts in May. In July, Orchard received the Association of Educational Publishers' Golden Lamp Award for Technology.

"We see evidence daily of Orchard's effectiveness in meeting a variety of real instructional needs," said Edwards. "It's rewarding to receive this level of recognition for our emphasis on quality and depth in our products."

About Orchard Software
Orchard is a comprehensive software solution designed to supplement regular classroom instruction and to help schools meet AYP goals in K-9 math, reading, writing, English language arts, and science. Orchard's state standards-based formative and benchmark 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

About Technology & Learning and the Awards of Excellence Program
The combined media of the Technology & Learning Network together comprise a full-spectrum education technology resource for administrators, technology professionals, and teachers. For the last quarter century, the highly respected Awards of Excellence program has been recognizing outstanding ed tech curriculum products--both "best of breed" and creative new offerings--that help educators in the business of teaching, training and managing with technology. For more information, go to

About Siboney Learning Group

Siboney Learning Group is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Orchard is one of several product lines offered by Siboney, including Educational Activities Software, Journey, and Gamco. For more information, visit