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Plato Learning Acquiring EdOptions

Online learning company Plato Learning is buying Educational Options (EdOptions) to expand its offerings to struggling students.

Plato Learning, which offers standards-based online curricula and assessments, provides a variety of online courses, including test preparation, transition readiness to high school, adult basic education, credit recovery, and diagnostic assessment.

Educational Options, headquartered in Falls Church, VA, offers Stars Suite, a lineup of Web-based online courses for students. It includes Novel, a library of middle and high school courses; High School Prep, which assesses middle school students and recommends courses in preparation for high school; Test Prep, which readies students for state tests; and GED Prep, which gears up students for taking the exam. All modules offer the option of full course or adaptive assessment mode.

The company also runs EdOptions Online Academy, an accredited web-based high school that partners with schools and districts facing overcrowding and increasing dropout rates.

"EdOptions' commitment to providing secondary online courses for students in need of credit recovery, acceleration, and alternative learning options fits with our mission to provide inspired solutions for teaching and learning," said Vin Riera, Plato CEO. "This acquisition expands the education solutions we offer and positions the combined companies as powerful partners to better meet our customers' wide array of program needs."

Bettina Callaway, co-founder of EdOptions, explained that offering education to struggling students is an important aspect to her company.

"The merger with Plato Learning ensures our ability to reach a broader group of students and teachers and continue our commitment to helping learners catch up and become college and career ready," she said. "Plato Learning has a strong history of supporting student achievement. We are excited to have these two companies come together to ensure student success."

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