SOURCE: Questia Media, Inc.

August 27, 2007 15:41 ET

Questia School Debuts With 27,000+ Full-Text, Standards-Aligned Books Available Online for Students and Faculty

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Questia Media, Inc. announces the launch of Questia School, a dynamic online collection of 27,000+ books, assembled to support English/Language Arts and Social Studies curricula, advanced studies, and professional development.

Questia School is comprised of three content collections, each developed to enrich and extend reading and research opportunities for high school students, educators and school administrators.

--  Questia High School offers access to 14,000+ books in the
    English/Language Arts and Social Studies disciplines. Each title in the
    collection has been hand-selected by Questia content experts to align with
    curriculum and content-area standards. The collection is also Lexile™
    rated, with included titles encompassing a Lexile range of 750 to 1350;
    this provides a spectrum of leveled reading opportunities. Questia High
    School also offers 350 educator-developed lesson plans that integrate
    Questia resources, helping teachers build rigorous, content-rich
    instructional programs.
    
--  Questia Achieve, an "add-on" to Questia High School, delivers 9,000+
    titles appropriate for advanced level courses such as Advanced
    Placement®* classes and the International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Programme(†). Many of the books in this collection are typically found in
    college library holdings. Content in Questia Achieve typically offers a
    Lexile™ range of 1350 to 1800.
    
--  Questia Professional Collection provides 3,500 books covering a range
    of educational professional development topics. Emphasizing both
    educational theory and instructional practice, this collection can serve as
    the informational foundation of systemic professional development
    initiatives and can also be used effectively for reference and research for
    teachers and administrators pursuing advanced degrees.
    

Tim Harris, President and CEO of Questia Media, Inc., said, "We have worked with leading educators, subject-area experts, and our own content selection teams to build these collections expressly for the K-12 community. The collections' depth and breadth, our classroom-tested lesson plans, and our innovative digital research tools reflect our strong commitment to the K-12 market."

Vice President of K-12 Sales, Linda Bessmer, added, "With the launch of Questia School, we're offering affordable building- and district-wide subscription options. Every site and district subscriber will also have access to our professional training services which include onsite, web-based, pre-recorded and multiple-format options. Educators have asked us for solutions that offer students access to higher-level content that is supported with both 21st century digital research tools and lesson plans that provide real rigor. Our new collections help teachers prepare students for college-level work, career opportunities and citizenship and the new Questia Professional Collection gives educators a 24/7 resource to support their own professional growth goals."

Preview accounts, an online interactive demo, sample lesson plans, and additional information about Questia School are available online at www.questiaschool.com.

About Questia Media, Inc.

Questia Media, Inc. is a leading provider of copyrighted information and educational resources for the digital age. Students, instructors, hobbyists, enthusiasts and lifelong learners in more than 200 countries rely on our products to enhance their understanding of both academic and popular subjects.

With over 8 years of experience providing a digital library and online reading and research environment, as well as a dedicated staff of librarians and contractual relationships with more than 300 major publishers, Questia is well-positioned for growth in the education and lifelong learning markets. In 2007, Questia implemented a revolutionary new book scanning process, and focused development on improving user experience. The end result will be rapid growth in collection depth and breadth, and significant improvements in the experience of reading and interacting with books online.

* AP and Advanced Placement are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these products.

† The International Baccalaureate is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these products.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Andy Gates
    Vice President, Business Development
    Questia Media Inc.
    713.358.2624
    AGates@questia.com