Atlanta Public Schools Selects Blackboard as its First LMS 51,000-Student District Seeks to Expand Online Classes Aligned to Common Core

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta Public Schools has selected Blackboard Learn as its first district-wide learning management system (LMS) after a nine-month evaluation of leading commercial and open-source platforms. The district of 51,000 students will use Blackboard Learn to rapidly expand online classes offered to students and to align all class content with Common Core standards.  

District officials found Blackboard Learn to be the best option for expanding the offerings of its Virtual Academy which provides fully online classes to students year round in math, science, language arts, social studies and physical education. Students from high schools throughout district can earn credit online by taking classes through the Virtual Academy in addition to their regular schedule.

Atlanta officials also found that Blackboard Learn made it easy for teachers to align virtual and face-to-face class activities and content to Common Core standards and report on student progress to better understand if they are adequately covering material. In addition, teachers can find and add high-quality digital content to their classes from leading educational publishers and through xpLor, Blackboard's cloud-based learning content repository that lets teachers create, find and share class resources, assessments and other learning materials across schools and districts.

"Blackboard Learn allows us to better meet the unique needs of our students," said Stephen J. Alford, executive director of communications for Atlanta Public Schools. "As we enhance our virtual course offerings and continue to align all instructional lessons with the new common core standards, the solution allows us to develop and manage engaging lessons in a seamless, virtual environment."

District officials also found Blackboard to be the strongest partner in helping drive a district-wide mobile strategy. With Blackboard Mobile Learn students can access course content, view grades and assignments, create discussion posts and comment on blogs and journals, upload content and more in native apps for all major mobile platforms.

For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx or follow @Blackboard and #BbLearn on Twitter.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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