updated 1/10/2011 9:17:40 AM ET 2011-01-10T14:17:40

DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Archipelago Learning (Nasdaq:ARCL), one of the fastest growing subscription-based online education companies in the country, has announced that its Study Island e-learning system has been named as one of the Top 100 products of 2010 by the readers of District Administration magazine. This annual awards program gives educators the opportunity to nominate products that have made a positive difference in their districts over the past 12 months. 

"Our pedagogical framework and implementation model empower educators with a high impact, low cost online system to introduce new skills and concepts, differentiate instruction and engage students in their own learning," said Tim McEwen, chief executive officer of Archipelago Learning. "We are extremely proud of this honor because it reflects our users' opinions and is a direct reflection of the tremendous impact and value that Study Island delivers every day."

Used by more than 10 million students in 23,000 schools across the country, Study Island offers a comprehensive web-based, standards-aligned education program in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Its interactive games and instructional model engage students, reinforce accomplishments, and create a culture of academic success. The program is built directly from state standards and the new Common Core State Standards, with cross walks between the two. It also includes inventive practice activities, customized assessments, and reporting tools that help to improve the performance of all students.

In addition, Study Island offers e-learning professional development workshops, which help educators to most effectively use the curriculum, assessment and reporting features and functionality. 

Study Island is available for purchase by schools, districts and learning centers, as well as parents and students. More information, along with pricing for individuals and quantity discounts for educational institutions, is available at the Study Island website: www.studyisland.com .

Professional Media Group LLC publishes District Administration, which is one of the most widely read information sources in the industry. On a monthly basis, unique issues, challenges and opportunities faced by K12 district executives are covered, with important and timely information shared on smart management solutions for K12 administrators at school districts throughout the United States. To learn more about the Top 100 Products for 2010, visit www.districtadministration.com.

About Archipelago Learning

Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company that provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessments, productivity and reporting tools that improve the performance of educators and students.

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Study Island, its flagship product line, helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner and is utilized by over 10.7 million students in approximately 23,355 schools in the United States and Canada. Reading Eggs, an online early literacy program for students ages three to eight, offers skills, strategies and leveled eBooks essential for sustained reading success. EducationCity provides online K-6 instructional content and assessments for reading, mathematics and science and is used by 8,583 schools in the United Kingdom and 5,168 schools in the United States. For the post-secondary market, Northstar Learning offers online instructional content and exam preparation products across a variety of core college curriculum and career licensure areas. Archipelago Learning is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. 

For more information, please visit www.archipelagolearning.com .

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