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 http://www.scholastic.com/read180.
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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