Edmentum empowers educators to move education forward with proven instructional and assessment solutions. By connecting with over 8,000 school districts, serving nearly 14 million students, we deliver a blend of personalized teaching approaches with proven, award-winning online learning programs that specifically address the needs of individual learners and the expectations of everyone with a stake in student success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to inspire teaching and learning.
Online learning was invented in 1960 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) was an answer to a pressing need for greater access to high-quality education. Today, Plato Courseware’s high-quality, rigorous courses can be accessed anytime and from anywhere. Founded in 1997, Educational Options, and its virtual school solution, EdOptions Academy joined PLATO Learning in 2011.
Archipelago Learning was founded in 2009. Archipelago Learning’s products supported educators’ efforts to reach students in dynamic ways and enhance the performance of students via engaging and innovative web-based platforms. Archipelago Learning served millions of students across all 50 states, D.C., Canada, and the U.K. The Archipelago Learning suite of services included Study Island (founded in 2000), EducationCity (founded in 1999), ESL ReadingSmart and ReadingMate (founded in 2000), and Northstar Workforce Readiness (founded in 2009). Additionally, in 2010 Archipelago Learning partnered with Blake Publishing to become the sole distributor of Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress in the United States.
In 2012 PLATO Learning acquired Archipelago Learning, adding complementary online educational solutions to its already robust suite of online products that provide web-based instruction to 14 million students in nearly 40,000 schools in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Together, they join forces to become Edmentum, working together to redefine the 21st century classroom.