Scholastic Launches New Summer School Reading Program

New Department of Education Study States 66% of Fourth-graders Are

Reading Below Grade Level



Highly Motivating Curriculum for Struggling Students in Grades 2-5

Addresses the Three 'R's' of Summer School:

Reading Improvement, Raising Test Scores ... Really Fast



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Scholastic

    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent release of the U.S.
 Education Department's reading "Report Card," documented a crisis in education
 -- 66 % of fourth graders are reading below grade level, with the weakest ones
 falling further behind.  To help narrow this ever-widening reading achievement
 gap, Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing and education company,
 today announced the launch of Scholastic Summer School Reading Program(TM), a
 highly motivating and effective program to help America's struggling readers
 achieve reading success.
     Scholastic Summer School Reading Program, an intensive six-week reading
 program, helps to raise scores and provides basic skills instruction for
 at-risk readers.  Built on extensive research, the program directly addresses
 essential reading proficiencies and informs teaching with weekly assessments,
 making the most of every minute of summer school.  For educators, the program
 follows a sound instructional cycle of teach, practice, and apply, providing a
 daily schedule of skills-specific activities and components to support reading
 success through:
 
      * Direct instruction practiced and reinforced through whole class and
        small groups
      * A minute-by minute schedule that maximizes the time in each day,
        providing built in management tips and intervention strategies
      * High-interest libraries of authentic literature
 
     "New studies show that America's lowest performing students are falling
 even further behind in reading," said Julie McGee, Executive Vice President
 Educational Publishing, Scholastic Inc.  "This year, thousands of children
 will be heading to summer school in great need of mastering basic reading
 skills within a short period of time. Scholastic Summer School Reading Program
 effectively addresses the issues facing struggling readers and provides
 much-needed support to summer school teachers and school districts across the
 country who are urgently seeking motivating programs that help to build skills
 and raise test scores to close the achievement gap."
     Scholastic Summer School Reading Program builds a dynamic combination of
 essential reading skills:
 
      * Reading comprehension
      * Phonics and fluency
      * Vocabulary and word study
      * Writing and grammar
      * Listening and speaking
      * Plus English Language Development
 
     In addition, for many struggling students, standardized tests are a
 stumbling block to success. Scholastic Summer School Reading Program helps
 build test-taking confidence and competence through daily practice with
 test-like questions, weekly test assessment, a pre-test to diagnose need and a
 post-test to monitor progress.
     McGee continued: "We at Scholastic take seriously our responsibility to
 address the ever-widening reading achievement gap facing this country, and
 continue to develop reading improvement programs like Scholastic Summer School
 Reading Program that address the individual needs of all children."
 
     Scholastic Summer School Reading Program Components:
 The six-week program includes: 4-color Student Workbooks, Fluency Cards,
 Reading Skills Cards, Phonics Instruction, a comprehensive, accessible Teacher
 Edition which includes minute-by-minute schedule options, Classroom Libraries
 of instructional, independent and read aloud books, as well as an Assessment
 Guide that provides weekly and pre/post tests.  Bookmarks and poster provide
 selection and reading support.
 
     Scholastic takes pride in its 80-year history of serving the reading needs
 of K-8 educators and students.  The company focuses its educational publishing
 efforts on its fast-growing research-based reading improvement instructional
 materials consisting of intervention, technology, phonics, early childhood,
 extended learning and summer school programs, which help students overcome
 reading problems and achieve higher test scores.  Scholastic's reading
 improvement programs hold market leadership positions with Read 180(TM),
 Scholastic Read XL(TM) and WiggleWorks(R), and the introduction of its
 effective Scholastic Phonics Reading(TM), Scholastic Reading Counts(TM) and
 Building Language for Literacy(TM) programs.  Scholastic has a significant
 long-term educational presence in schools with supplementary materials such as
 classroom magazines, paperback libraries, and professional books for teachers,
 Grolier nonfiction children's books for libraries, as well as core curriculum
 reading improvement products.
 
     Scholastic (Nasdaq: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor
 of children's books.  A global children's publishing and media company serving
 the needs of parents, teachers, and children, Scholastic provides proprietary
 book and software distribution through school book clubs, school book fairs
 and to classrooms, as well as through the retail trade.  Since 1920,
 Scholastic has created quality educational materials for schools and has
 expanded its reach to include the distribution of books, software, toys,
 online learning services and television programming directly to the home.
 Scholastic recently acquired Grolier, the leading print and online publisher
 of children's reference materials and the leader in children's direct to home
 book clubs.  Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly owned companies in
 Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico,
 New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United
 Kingdom. The U.S. Scholastic web site http://www.scholastic.com is a leading
 provider of educational services online for parents, teachers and children.
 
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    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The recent release of the U.S.
 Education Department's reading "Report Card," documented a crisis in education
 -- 66 % of fourth graders are reading below grade level, with the weakest ones
 falling further behind.  To help narrow this ever-widening reading achievement
 gap, Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing and education company,
 today announced the launch of Scholastic Summer School Reading Program(TM), a
 highly motivating and effective program to help America's struggling readers
 achieve reading success.
     Scholastic Summer School Reading Program, an intensive six-week reading
 program, helps to raise scores and provides basic skills instruction for
 at-risk readers.  Built on extensive research, the program directly addresses
 essential reading proficiencies and informs teaching with weekly assessments,
 making the most of every minute of summer school.  For educators, the program
 follows a sound instructional cycle of teach, practice, and apply, providing a
 daily schedule of skills-specific activities and components to support reading
 success through:
 
      * Direct instruction practiced and reinforced through whole class and
        small groups
      * A minute-by minute schedule that maximizes the time in each day,
        providing built in management tips and intervention strategies
      * High-interest libraries of authentic literature
 
     "New studies show that America's lowest performing students are falling
 even further behind in reading," said Julie McGee, Executive Vice President
 Educational Publishing, Scholastic Inc.  "This year, thousands of children
 will be heading to summer school in great need of mastering basic reading
 skills within a short period of time. Scholastic Summer School Reading Program
 effectively addresses the issues facing struggling readers and provides
 much-needed support to summer school teachers and school districts across the
 country who are urgently seeking motivating programs that help to build skills
 and raise test scores to close the achievement gap."
     Scholastic Summer School Reading Program builds a dynamic combination of
 essential reading skills:
 
      * Reading comprehension
      * Phonics and fluency
      * Vocabulary and word study
      * Writing and grammar
      * Listening and speaking
      * Plus English Language Development
 
     In addition, for many struggling students, standardized tests are a
 stumbling block to success. Scholastic Summer School Reading Program helps
 build test-taking confidence and competence through daily practice with
 test-like questions, weekly test assessment, a pre-test to diagnose need and a
 post-test to monitor progress.
     McGee continued: "We at Scholastic take seriously our responsibility to
 address the ever-widening reading achievement gap facing this country, and
 continue to develop reading improvement programs like Scholastic Summer School
 Reading Program that address the individual needs of all children."
 
     Scholastic Summer School Reading Program Components:
 The six-week program includes: 4-color Student Workbooks, Fluency Cards,
 Reading Skills Cards, Phonics Instruction, a comprehensive, accessible Teacher
 Edition which includes minute-by-minute schedule options, Classroom Libraries
 of instructional, independent and read aloud books, as well as an Assessment
 Guide that provides weekly and pre/post tests.  Bookmarks and poster provide
 selection and reading support.
 
     Scholastic takes pride in its 80-year history of serving the reading needs
 of K-8 educators and students.  The company focuses its educational publishing
 efforts on its fast-growing research-based reading improvement instructional
 materials consisting of intervention, technology, phonics, early childhood,
 extended learning and summer school programs, which help students overcome
 reading problems and achieve higher test scores.  Scholastic's reading
 improvement programs hold market leadership positions with Read 180(TM),
 Scholastic Read XL(TM) and WiggleWorks(R), and the introduction of its
 effective Scholastic Phonics Reading(TM), Scholastic Reading Counts(TM) and
 Building Language for Literacy(TM) programs.  Scholastic has a significant
 long-term educational presence in schools with supplementary materials such as
 classroom magazines, paperback libraries, and professional books for teachers,
 Grolier nonfiction children's books for libraries, as well as core curriculum
 reading improvement products.
 
     Scholastic (Nasdaq: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor
 of children's books.  A global children's publishing and media company serving
 the needs of parents, teachers, and children, Scholastic provides proprietary
 book and software distribution through school book clubs, school book fairs
 and to classrooms, as well as through the retail trade.  Since 1920,
 Scholastic has created quality educational materials for schools and has
 expanded its reach to include the distribution of books, software, toys,
 online learning services and television programming directly to the home.
 Scholastic recently acquired Grolier, the leading print and online publisher
 of children's reference materials and the leader in children's direct to home
 book clubs.  Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly owned companies in
 Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico,
 New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United
 Kingdom. The U.S. Scholastic web site http://www.scholastic.com is a leading
 provider of educational services online for parents, teachers and children.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -- Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X34383642
 
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