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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10.21.10

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Discovery Education Aligns Digital Services to Common Core State Standards

--Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education streaming Plus, and Discovery Education Assessment Aligned to Support National Standards in English-Language Arts and Mathematics--

Silver Spring, Md. (Oct. 21, 2010) – Providing support to educators of all levels seeking to implement new national education standards and further integrate digital content into school curricula, Discovery Education announces the alignment of Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education streaming Plus and Discovery Education Assessment with the Common Core State Standards for English-language arts and mathematics. The leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources, Discovery Education services are available in more than half of U.S. schools.

Developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in consultation with other leading educational entities and educators, the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what K-12 students across the country are expected to learn in English-language arts and mathematics, regardless of what state they live in. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and the workforce.

"The Common Core State Standards Initiative provides consistent, clear expectations of what students nationwide are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them," said Gene Wilhoit, executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers. “Aligning content to these new standards provides kids with the skills and knowledge that all students need.”

This alignment aids educators in their quest for easy-to-find, relevant digital resources and quality assessments that empower educators to maximize student academic achievement. The company’s ability to quickly align Discovery Education streaming, streaming Plus and Discovery Education Assessment to these national standards highlights one of the many benefits of using dynamic digital content over static textbooks.

“It is the Council of the Great City Schools` mission to support the nation`s urban public schools as they educate America`s most diverse students to the highest academic standards,” said Council executive director Michael Casserly. “It is important that new educational tools and resources are aligned with the new Common Core Standards, and we are pleased that Discovery Education is working to make that possible with its services.”

“Discovery Education supports high quality standards for all students,” said Dale Fulton, Discovery Education chief academic officer. “This ultimately leads to a high-quality curriculum, which research tells us is one of the most important factors in student success. Our company continues to support teaching and learning with world-class content and assessments that are aligned to local, state and national standards, and provide educators with the professional development required to meet the needs of all students in a changing and global education environment.”

For more information on Discovery Education services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com or call 800-323-9084.

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Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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