Award-Winning Nonfiction Publisher Kids Discover Launches Online Platform
Kids Discover Online offers access to over 1,000 K-8 science and social studies resources on any device and at three different reading levels
(NEW YORK, NY) January 18, 2016 – Kids Discover, a leading educational publisher for more than 25 years, is thrilled to announce the launch of Kids Discover Online. The new platform makes all of the award-winning publisher’s content available online from any device. All content is searchable by subject and unit and offered at three different reading levels designed to excite even the most reluctant readers.
Specializing in the 100 most commonly taught science and social studies topics in kindergarten through eighth grade, Kids Discover Online offers ad-free, high-quality, nonfiction reading materials vetted by subject experts from leading institutions. Subjects such as the Constitution, Ancient Greece, Matter and Ecology are presented using a mix of one-page infographics, articles, iconic photographs, and interactive elements to guide teachers and students through lessons.
“In 2014 we set out on a mission to answer one question: ‘What does the modern classroom look like?’” said Ted Levine, the president and CEO of Kids Discover. “We knew we wanted to offer up our entire nonfiction library in digital form, but more importantly we wanted to create an experience that educators and students would want to use on a weekly basis. Only once we began visiting schools and sitting in on classes did we begin to architect the experience of Kids Discover Online. It was our conversations with educators and students that enabled us to develop such an engaging platform.”
Upon logging in to Kids Discover Online, teachers will find a newsfeed of relevant science and social studies content that can be filtered down into ten different categories. Unlike a chapter book or textbook, Kids Discover’s content has the visual appeal of interactive GIFs, custom animations, and historically accurate photos and illustrations that make reading a truly immersive experience. “We’ve always prided ourselves on providing the highest quality nonfiction resources in the market. Now we have a platform that makes accessing and integrating those resources easier and more affordable than ever,” said Levine.
Each article within the platform offers three differentiated reading levels. Teachers can adjust reading levels for individual students and assign material through the Classroom setting. Students then log in to Kids Discover Online using a classroom code and are dynamically served content at the appropriate reading level. Students also have the option to select easy, medium, or hard reading levels if they are using the platform for independent reading or research.
The Discover Map, which shows an interactive web of relationships between related topics, is an alternate entry point into Kids Discover Online, and something that came directly out of Kids Discover’s research. “With the rise of inquiry-based learning and student-led research, we wanted to create a tool that enabled students to make connections, to have those ‘light-bulb’ moments,” said Levine. Additionally, teachers can add lessons to their Desk, a customizable lesson-planning tool. Kids Discover Online aligns with Common Core, State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
About Kids Discover Online
For more than 25 years, Kids Discover has been creating beautifully crafted nonfiction products for kids. With a specialty in science and social studies, the team of talented writers, award-winning designers and illustrators, and subject experts from leading institutions is committed to a single mission: to get children excited about reading and learning. For information, please visit KidsDiscover.com.
CPS Students Sit for IB Tests at Record Levels
76% of Students Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
January 19, 2016, Bethesda, MD: The International Baccalaureate continues to be a pathway of academic success for traditionally underserved students in Chicago Public Schools. Data compiled from IB testing administered this past May indicate that the number of test takers increased in 2015, with 76 percent of the 1223 students who took the tests qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Of those students, the percentage of students scoring a 4+ was 76 percent. U.S. schools with a high proportion of low-income students are eligible to be designated as Title I schools, which allows for the allotment of federal resources to attempt to close this achievement gap. Closing the academic achievement gap at Title I schools has been a key objective for the International Baccalaureate.
Chicago Public Schools has become the largest IB network in the country, with 43 authorized IB schools and 10 schools currently in the authorization process across the city. Since 2012, the total enrollment in IB programs has doubled from 10,138 students to 20,398 students. Also since 2012, participation in high school IB programs has almost quadrupled from 3,442 students to 12,582 students participating in both the Middle Years Programme (9 -10th grade) and the Diploma Programme (11 – 12thgrade). Research conducted by the Chicago Postsecondary Transition Project showed that Chicago Public School graduates who have completed the IB Diploma Programme have a college persistence rate of 75 percent.
The International Baccalaureate tests are administered to 11th and 12th grade DP students in May of each year. This year, in Chicago Public Schools:
- 1,223 students took 3,792 subject tests
- 1,000 students, 82 percent, scored a 4+ on one or more exams
- 935 students qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch
- 76 percent of the students who qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch scored a 4+
Working to eliminate the participation gaps present in academically challenging high school courses remains a top goal for the International Baccalaureate. To that end, the IB has joined with the College Board to enroll more than 100,000 low-income, minority, and underrepresented students in IB Diploma Programme and AP courses over the next three years. This effort called, “Lead Higher,” is spearheaded by the education nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools.
Earlier this year, the IB released research demonstrating the growth of participation in the International Baccalaureate among Title I schools and the increased success of those students in post-secondary education. Full survey results can be found here.
The findings included:
- The number of IB programmes at Title 1 schools has grown by 46 percent since the 2009-2010 school year. 60 percent of all public schools that offered IB programmes in the US were designated Title I in 2012-2013.
- DP students from Title I schools, including low-income and minority students, enroll in college at much higher rates than national averages:
- 84 percent of low-income African American DP students enroll immediately in college, the same percentage as white students who are not low-income.
- 79 percent of low-income DP students from Title I schools enroll immediately in college.
- 87 percent of African American DP students from Title I schools enroll in college – this is higher than any other racial group. Nationally, the college enrollment rate for African American students is 57 percent.
Chicago Public Schools serves 393,000 students in 660 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.
About the IB
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For more than 45 years, the IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigor and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend over 4,000 schools in 147 countries.
Rosetta Stone Reveals Top Five Languages Most In Demand Among K-12 School Districts in 2015
Spanish (Latin America) Tops List in Both U.S. and Global Markets
ARLINGTON, VA (January 19, 2016) — Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, today announced its list of the five most popular languages learned by K-12 school districts, both in the U.S. and globally. Spanish (featuring Latin American grammar and vocabulary as opposed to Castilian) was at the top of both lists, with English (American), French, Spanish (Spain) and German rounding out the Top 5 in the United States. On a global scale, the list was the same, with the exception of English (British) replacing German.
“As shifting demographics, globalization and the adoption of cost-efficient technology-based products continue to increase, so does the need and demand for world languages,” said Judy Verses, President of Rosetta Stone’s Global Enterprise & Education Division. “Equipping students with language enables them to differentiate themselves from other candidates in a competitive job market and, ultimately, positions them for professional success.” Verses noted ELL (English Language Learning) students represent the fastest growing segment of the K-12 population and it is predicted that this segment will grow to 40% by 2030.
With language proficiency becoming an increasingly desirable skill for 21st-century jobs, Rosetta Stone helps lay the groundwork for language acquisition with comprehensive English and World Languages learning solutions that complement K-12 classrooms, schools and districts. Innovative, online instruction builds speaking confidence and engages students in the curriculum while preparing them for success in the multilingual, global economy that awaits them.
Additional information on Rosetta Stone can be found at www.rosettastone.com/K12.
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.
Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company’s Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.
Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.