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Orchard Learning Introduces Orchard Now

Web-Based Assessment, Individualized Instruction and Practice is Delivered Seamlessly; Program Increases Student Achievement

St. Louis, October 28, 2010 – 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 and PracticePlanet, Orchard Now provides 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.

“Orchard Now provides schools with the instantaneous results they need to make strides in student improvement,” said Jim Hagedorn, president of EdOptions—Orchard Learning’s parent company. “Assessment scores, targeted instruction, feedback and motivation are delivered when schools, teachers and students want it—now. Orchard Now’s online delivery model eliminates the delay between receiving test scores and providing the skill refreshment that a student needs to improve and succeed on state tests.”

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.

Orchard Now’s debut offers mathematics instruction for grades 1 to 3. Instructional activities include multimedia math content designed to address different learning styles and correlated to the standards published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Curriculum areas covered include number sense, numeration, patterning and algebra, geometry, data management and probability, and measurement. This is the first in a series of instructional activity modules that will be included in Orchard Now. Orchard Now is also an excellent tool for whole class instruction using white board technology.

Activities are highly motivating and comprised of interactive learning sessions. Animation, sound, and visual encouragement keep students engaged. After completing assigned activities, students enter a series of practice questions that test his or her knowledge of what they have learned. As the student masters practice sessions, they receive reward game play. For more information on Orchard Now, visit www.orchardnow.com.

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

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