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 instruction. 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, http://www.scholastic.com.
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