Orchard Software named "Best Education Solution" finalist in CODiE Awards

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 16, 2007 — Siboney Learning Group proudly announces that Orchard Gold Star is a finalist for "Best Education Solution" in the Software & Information Industry Association´s 22nd annual CODiE Awards. This is the second consecutive year that one of Siboney Learning Group´s products has been named a finalist.

"The 2007 CODiE finalists represent real winners, even at this stage of the contest," said Ken Wasch, SIIA President. "Competition is fiercer than ever, and that makes selection as a CODiE finalist a major achievement. All the companies on this year´s list should feel justifiably proud of their recognition."

Established in 1986 as the Excellence in Software Awards, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information, and education technology industries. This year, more than 1,200 nominations were submitted by over 600 companies, breaking the record set in the 2006 awards.

Considered one of the most prestigious awards programs, the CODiE Awards are the only peer-recognition program of its kind. The CODiE Awards finalists were selected by over 219 judges who work in the technology industry, such as software and information industry trade journalists, national technology writers and analysts, and education technology specialists. The final round of judging will be conducted by members of SIIA.

"It is an honor to be named a finalist in the 2007 CODiE Awards," said Bill Edwards, President of Siboney Learning Group. "When one considers the number of outstanding companies that competed, along with the stringent judging process, becoming a finalist speaks volumes about Orchard Gold Star´s targeted instruction, assessment, and data management capabilities."

Orchard Software has received several industry awards over the years, including two 2005 Eddie Awards from ComputED Learning Center for Orchard language arts and math programs and a 2003 Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing from the Association of Educational Publishers for Orchard math programs.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net.

About Orchard Software

Orchard Software provides standards-based assessments, automatic targeted assignments, and data-driven management. With more than 150 programs covering over 5,000 skills, Orchard is designed to ensure that students are working on the specific lessons they need in order to master the challenging academic standards and learning objectives established by their school districts. To learn more, go to www.orchardsoftware.com.

About Siboney Learning Group

Siboney Learning Group is a dynamic developer, publisher, integrator, and provider of comprehensive and motivational educational software. Orchard is one of several product lines offered by Siboney, including Educational Activities Software, Journey, and Gamco. For more information, go to www.siboneylearninggroup.com.

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