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ECS Learning Systems Unveils New TEST SMART® Learning Centers Powered by PREPWORKS® to Directly Serve Parents and Students Seeking to Maximize Test Scores

Initial Implementation of Two Learning Centers in Miami with Plans to Expand Nationally and Globally Through Centers and Online Tutoring

ECS Learning Systems, the leading Integrated Standards Prep™ company and developer of STAAR MASTER®, announced today the launch of their first two TEST SMART® Powered by PREPWORKS® learning centers in Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne in South Miami. The centers were previously known as PREPWORKS® and the parent company was recently acquired by ECS Learning Systems. The new centers preserve the educational experience and staff with plans to continue to invest in the company’s innovative product offerings and adaptive learning technology. To kick-off the re-naming to the TEST SMART learning centers in South Miami, an event at each center is planned for January.

“The new TEST SMART learning centers and online tutoring build upon PREPWORKS’ legacy as we are committed to maintain and expand our educational resources for current and future students,” said Tracy LaFlamme Ortega, founder of PREPWORKS and Chief Product Officer for ECS Learning Systems. “We are dedicated to continue to deliver significant increases in student outcomes and confidence as we build on our track record of extraordinary achievement, marked by our historical average score increases of 300 SAT and 5 ACT points.”

TEST SMART Powered by PREPWORKS learning centers deliver high quality blended learning and instruction to students seeking to improve their grades in the classroom, as well as maximize their scores on standardized tests for middle school, high school, and college admissions. Expanding on the original PREPWORKS’ legacy, which served students across 47 states and 68 countries, TEST SMART Powered by PREPWORKS will also deliver online tutoring and test preparation services at to students across the country and the globe.

“ECS Learning Systems plans to make TEST SMART Powered by PREPWORKS the most effective learning experience for significantly improving test scores and student performance by developing cutting edge, personalized, education solutions and sharing them directly with parents and students who can benefit,” said ECS Learning Systems’ President and CEO David Cumberbatch. “We plan to aggressively expand the TEST SMART `bricks and clicks' system nationally and globally over the next five years by growing our learning center footprint and online student client base with an initial focus in the Southeast United States.”

Students attending TEST SMART learning centers in Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, and online will continue to see familiar PREPWORKS instructors. As always, all instructors are exceptionally skilled test takers and tutors, with SAT and ACT instructors scoring in the 97th percentile or higher. After a rigorous training program to perfect skills and style of instruction, instructors are also constantly improving to remain in-tune with the trends and changes in standards and testing. Each one has a unique educational background and personality designed to match the needs of each student.

ECS previously announced that PREPWORKS’ award-winning Learning Positioning System® (LPS) will now serve as the foundation for ECS Learning Systems’ adaptive, blended learning solutions across its Integrated Standards Prep™ product lines and will now be called the ECS Learning Positioning System® or just LPS. LPS leverages artificial intelligence to personalize each student’s pathway through the curriculum. Harnessing the power of intelligent software, LPS facilitates the science of one-to-one learning by leveraging artificial intelligence to provide all learners the opportunity for better academic achievement. The platform has earned 39 national awards, including five BESSIE Awardsin 2018 for Best SAT, ACT, Algebra, Geometry, and Civics programs.

TEST SMART Powered by PREPWORKS with the LPS digital platform transforms the way students in Grades 4 through 12 learn and achieve improved results on high-stakes tests. LPS evaluates each student's starting position, by utilizing micro and macro assessments throughout a student’s program. TEST SMART Powered by PREPWORKS delivers learning activities targeted at each student’s strengths and weaknesses to track student progress in real-time. LPS enables up to 281 trillion personalized learning paths across multiple tests and subject areas. This methodology has resulted in student improvement on pre-college tests, including SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams. In pursuit of excellence, ECS Learning Systems and TEST SMART Powered by PREPWORKS will continue the Score Improvement Guarantee started by PREPWORKS to help students achieve their personal best scores. TEST SMART guarantees improvement of 200 total SAT points or 3 total ACT points for all students who complete their programs and have entry scores of less than 1300 on SAT or 30 on ACT.

ECS Learning Systems’ line of test prep solutions, PREPWORKS, won four EDDIE awardsfrom ComputED Gazette. For 2018, ECS Learning Systems PREPWORKS won an EDDIE for each of its Algebra, Geometry, and Civics programs as well as College/Career readiness for its ACT and SAT courses.

About ECS Learning Systems

ECS Learning Systems pioneered the Integrated Standards Prep™ approach in its quality education solutions that build core knowledge that is fully-aligned to state standards and work to ensure students complete tests with confidence. Founded in 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep company that helps almost half a million students annually with STAAR MASTER®, TEST SMART®, NOVEL UNITS®, and PREPWORKS®. Building on its strong presence in Texas with STAAR MASTER, the Company operates a line of Learning Centers under the TEST SMART brand and literature guides under the NOVEL UNITS brand. ECS Learning Systems announcedthe acquisition of PREPWORKS in May 2018.

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