Scholastic's READ 180(R) Premier Intervention Program for Struggling Readers Now Available to Run Native on Mac OS X

Aug 30, 2004, 01:00 ET from Scholastic Inc.

    NEW YORK, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scholastic Education today
 announced that READ 180 version 1.6, its research-based intervention program
 for struggling readers in grades 4 and above, is now available to run native
 on Mac OS X.   READ 180 v1.6, which also operates on Windows XP and 2000,
 helps students who are reading below grade level learn fundamental reading
 skills by addressing individual needs through adaptive and instructional
 software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading skills.
     "Currently in use in over 5,000 classrooms across the country, READ 180
 has a proven track record of helping students learn to read and succeed in
 school, often for the first time. Now, with the availability of READ 180 v1.6,
 which works seamlessly with Mac OS X, every student can take advantage of the
 program's motivating and individualized technology regardless of their
 schools' computers," said Margery Mayer, President, Scholastic Education, a
 division of Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company.
     New native Mac OS X versions of Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), a
 computer-adaptive reading assessment test for students in grades 1-12 that
 accurately matches readers to text, and Scholastic Reading Counts!, the
 technology-based reading practice program, were also introduced today.
     "From administrative tasks to curriculum use, Mac OS X provides a powerful
 yet easy-to-use foundation for seamlessly integrating technology into an
 educational environment," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of
 Worldwide Developer Relations. "We are excited about the release of READ 180
 for Mac OS X helping students to greatly improve their reading skills while
 taking advantage of the power of Mac OS X."
     READ 180 is based on scientifically proven principles, offering intensive
 intervention for students in grades 4 and higher who are reading significantly
 below grade level. Students receive daily, intensive and individualized
 reading instruction for 90 minutes through data-driven technology, teacher-
 directed instruction, and high interest reading materials that are implemented
 in special READ 180 classrooms.  The unique set-up includes 5-7 computers, a
 comfortable library area for independent reading, and an area for small group
     To engage the older struggling reader, READ 180 uses cross-curriculum
 Topic Software and libraries of more than 150 leveled audiobooks and paperback
 books with high interest content.  These materials are age-appropriate and
 written specifically for students who are reading below grade level and help
 motivate students to learn, practice and master key reading skills.
     More information is available at
     Scholastic Corporation (Nasdaq:   SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and
 distributor of children's books. Scholastic creates quality educational and
 entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including
 children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials,
 television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its
 products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary
 school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and
 direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries, and
 television networks; and the Company's Internet Site,

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