August 10, 2015

Achieve3000 Acquires Smarty Ants® to Offer Cloud-Based Differentiated Instruction for Early Literacy

New addition teaches foundational literacy skills to students in PreK to grade 2.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – August 10, 2015 – Achieve3000® today announced a new addition to its family of proven literacy solutions with the acquisition of the business of Smarty Ants, Inc., including the award-winning Smarty Ants Reading World. Developed by renowned reading experts Dr. David Pearson, Dr. Robert Calfee, Dr. Mia Callahan, and Smarty Ants founder Mike Wood, the cloud-based reading program teaches foundational literacy skills to children in prekindergarten through second grade.

With the addition of Smarty Ants, Achieve3000 now provides online differentiated instruction for all grade levels, PreK-12. The current Achieve3000 product line includes KidBiz3000® (grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (grades 6-8), Empower3000® (grades 9-12), eScience3000® (grades 6-8), and Spark3000® (adult education). The research-based, research-proven Achieve3000 solutions have been shown to accelerate learning gains for all students.

We believe that meeting kids at their precise reading levels is the key to accelerating reading gains. In fact, students who use our solutions make double to triple the expected reading gains in one school year,” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “With Smarty Ants, we can now extend our reach to meet emerging readers’ precise needs and build essential phonics and phonemic awareness skills. We feel that Smarty Ants will address a critical need, and are so excited to add it to our suite of online differentiated instruction solutions.

Smarty Ants Reading World provides over ninety unique learning paths to guide emergent readers from developing phonological awareness to mastering phonics and sight-word fluency. With continuous monitoring of skill development and adaptive content, the program creates a personalized learning experience for every student and guarantees that all students are engaged within their zone of proximal development. Smarty Ants won the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Game or Simulation in 2012.

Achieve3000 will continue to provide Smarty Ants services to current Smarty Ants customers, who can look forward to receiving top-rated customer support from the Achieve3000 Customer Support team.

East Wind Advisors served as a financial advisor to Achieve3000 in this transaction.

About Achieve3000, Inc.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For more than 14 years, the company has been consistently helping students achieve significant Lexile® reading gains – often double to triple the expected gains when used twice weekly. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000 solutions deliver engaging, nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, special education, and other instructional models. These solutions – KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8), Empower3000™ (for grades 9-12), Spark3000® (for adult learners), and eScience3000® (for grades 6-8) – are aligned with Common Core State Standards for English language arts as well as state standards. Achieve3000 supports 21st-century education initiatives across content areas, including science and social studies. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at or by calling 888-968-6822.

About Smarty Ants, Inc.

Smarty Ants, an educational technology company based in San Rafael, Calif., is the developer of the Smarty Ants Reading Word Program, a next-generation educational tool that delivers customized, phonics-based reading instruction via an engaging, interactive gaming world. The program was developed by a team of renowned reading experts, game developers, and student engagement specialists to create the most optimal learning environment for young learners. The creative mind behind Smarty Ants, Mike Wood, was the founder of the acclaimed LeapFrog* educational games.

*Neither Mike Wood nor Smarty Ants, Inc. is affiliated with LeapFrog Enterprises.

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