Using Shmoop Test Prep, Brownsville Independent School District in Texas Makes the AP® Honor Roll

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Mastering standardized tests takes hard work from parents, teachers, administrators, and most importantly, students. But Brownsville Independent School District in Texas discovered a way to gain a competitive edge: Online Test Prep from Shmoop (, a digital publisher that aims to make learning fun.

According to the College Board, Brownsville ISD was one of "547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. By reaching these goals, these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.”

Brownsville's Advanced Academic Services Administrator, Acacia Ameel, attributes the district's success to Shmoop's Online Test Prep. "There's a ton of programs out there," she said, "but Shmoop is so accessible, so easy, and so much fun. Kudos to all of you!"

Over 10,000 Brownsville students used Shmoop—not only for their AP preparation, but also to study for the SAT® exam, ACT® exam, and End of Course assessments. Ms. Ameel called Shmoop a “brilliant company that empowers kids” and commented on Shmoop’s quality content, product, and customer service, including the special rates for schools and districts.

According to Ms. Ameel, Shmoop was able to provide the bridge between administrators and teachers as well as teachers and students; she described it as a passport to open communication about the AP exams and all they involve.

“The results have been incredible.”

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product. ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc. SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.


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