Kaplan Partners with the Council for Opportunity in Education to Advance College Readiness in Five States

Aspiring College Students in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas will Benefit from Kaplan’s Award-Wining SAT, ACT and PSAT On Demand Programs

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New York, NY (October 15, 2012) – Kaplan K12 Learning Services has partnered with the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) to offer Kaplan’s award-winning SAT and ACT On Demand programs to thousands of high school students in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas.  COE is a non-profit organization, working with federal TRIO programs, that is dedicated to expanding college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. Kaplan also will provide professional development to help teachers better meet the needs of students on their pathway to college.

“This is a great opportunity to use the services of Kaplan to help TRIO students in Upward Bound and Talent Search prepare for their college entrance tests. In teaming with Kaplan, we have high expectations that this tool will assist our students in successfully enrolling in college,” said Maureen Hoyler, executive vice president of the COE.

Kaplan’s comprehensive, adaptive and interactive On Demand programs, available 24/7, allow students to learn at their own pace and schedule with a personalized path through the curriculum. The courses are powered by Kaplan’s exclusive Smart Track system, which analyzes student performance and prescribes a customized learning plan. The programs include full-length practice tests, more than 50 hours of engaging video instruction on every tested topic on the exams, step-by-step problem solving exercises, and 1,000+ practice problems.  The courses also feature Smart Reports, which is essential in keeping students, parents and educators up-to-date on progress.  Kaplan’s SAT On Demand was recognized as the top high school “Test Tool Website” in the ComputED Gazette’s 2011 Education Software Review Awards (EDDIE).  ACT On Demand was recognized as the top high school “Test Preparation Website” as part of ComputEd Gazette’s 2012 Best Education Software Awards (BESSIE).

“With our nearly 75 years of experience helping students develop the skills, strategies and admissions knowledge needed to pursue higher education, Kaplan’s mission aligns well with COE’s mission,” said Mark Freidberg, vice president and general manager, Kaplan K12 Learning Services. “We are proud to work with so many dedicated educators to support aspiring students in reaching their educational goals.”

More than 2,900 TRIO programs currently serve nearly 1 million low-income students. Kaplan has worked with over 40 GEAR UP and TRIO programs in the past two years.

About Kaplan K12 Learning Services

Kaplan K12 Learning Services (http://www.kaplank12.com), a unit of Kaplan Test Prep (http://www.kaptest.com), partners with schools to measurably propel student achievement. Kaplan K12 offers state test readiness programs to help students meet and exceed state standards, and college preparation solutions that support students as they prepare for college entrance exams and the admissions process. Its solutions also provide teachers with robust teaching resources and professional development support to impact achievement in their classrooms. Kaplan was recently recognized by ComputED Gazette’s 2012 Best Educational Awards (BESSIEs) for its ACT On Demand course as the “Top High School Test Preparation Website” and for its Teach! Strategies and Resources as the top Curriculum Development program in the “Teacher Tools” category. Kaplan Test Prep is a division of Kaplan Inc. (http://www.kaplan.com), a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

About the Council for Opportunity in Education

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is the only national organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of postsecondary opportunities for low‐income and first‐generation students. Established in 1981, COE serves the interests of college opportunity professionals at major U.S. higher education institutions. Through nearly 3,000 federal TRIO programs, these individuals help low‐income and first‐generation students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to enter college and graduate. COE provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, educational resources, and networking opportunities as well as offers research and information through the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Louis Stokes Institute for Opportunity in STEM Education.

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