Archipelago Learning's Board of Directors Appoints Tim McEwen as Chairman

All Board Committees Are Now Fully Independent

Dallas, Texas, UNITED STATES

DALLAS, April 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Archipelago Learning Inc. (Nasdaq:ARCL), a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, announced today that our Board of Directors has appointed Tim McEwen as Chairman of the Board. This appointment is in addition to Mr. McEwen's current role as our President and Chief Executive Officer.

Peter O. Wilde, Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners, will continue to serve as a Director on our Board and stated, "The Board and I are pleased with the leadership Tim McEwen has demonstrated as President and CEO. We have full confidence that he will do an outstanding job as Chairman of our Board."

The Board has also reorganized the committees to be fully independent as we move toward meeting the corporate governance compliance requirements of NASDAQ. The committee compositions are available on our website in the Corporate Governance section at

About Archipelago Learning

Archipelago Learning (Nasdaq:ARCL) is a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products used by approximately 13 million students in nearly 37,500 schools throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Our supplemental product offerings facilitate the evolution of education as technology transforms the learning experience. For more information, please visit us at

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