Florida Virtual School® and Shmoop Offer Students End-of-Course Help

4/2/2013 12:00:00 AM Orlando, Fla. and Mountain View, Calif. (April 2, 2013) – Those End-of-Course (EOC) assessments can be a bear. They’re long, they’re tough, and they have plenty riding on them. Students can rest easy though—help is available. Florida Virtual School (FLVS®) has joined forces with Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, to get kids pumped and ready for these all-important exams.

All of Shmoop’s guides are aligned to Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Civics and U.S. History. These guides include test-specific strategies for each Florida EOC Assessment that are presented in a hilarious—yet informative—narrative.

Students can take diagnostic exams to assess their strengths, then brush up on problem areas with Shmoop’s extensive bank of practice problems. Each guide also comes with three full-length practice exams, as well as detailed answer explanations.

“We’re so pleased that our kids will be able to take advantage of Shmoop’s online materials as they prep for the EOCs,” stated Julie Young, president and CEO for Florida Virtual School. “Shmoop takes difficult, complex subjects and puts a fun, light-hearted spin on things, making it easy and enjoyable for our students to learn.”

“It’s very exciting that we have this opportunity to work with one of the foremost leaders in online education,” said Shmoop President and CEO Ellen Siminoff. “Obviously, we are passionate about expanding the capabilities of digital learning, and we’re proud to collaborate with such a trailblazer in the field.”

Students getting ready to tackle the EOCs can access Shmoop through their EOC courses and let Shmoop’s Algebra I guide explain why FOIL isn’t just something that’s wrapped over last night’s meatloaf, or check out the Biology guide to find out more about pea flowers than they ever wanted to know.

About Florida Virtual School
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual Kindergarten-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the United States and the world. A nationally recognized e-Learning model and recipient of numerous awards, FLVS was founded in 1997 and was the country's first, state-wide Internet-based public high school. Today, FLVS serves students in grades Kindergarten-12 and provides a variety of custom solutions for schools and districts to meet student needs. For more information on FLVS, visit www.flvs.net.

About Shmoop
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California. www.shmoop.com.

Media Contacts
• Star Kraschinsky, Florida Virtual School, 407-513-3456, skraschinsky@FLVS.net
• Tania Clow, Florida Virtual School, 407-513-3627, tclow@FLVS.net
• Ted Kietzman, Shmoop, 650-488-7778, ted@shmoop.com
• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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