McGraw-Hill Education Launches SRA FLEX Literacy(TM) to Help Struggling Students Meet the Common Core State Standards in

McGraw-Hill Education Launches SRA FLEX Literacy(TM) to Help Struggling 
Students Meet the Common Core State Standards in English
Language Arts 
Developed With MetaMetrics, Digital Personalized Reading Program With
Teacher-Led Instruction to Promote Critical Skills for At-Risk Middle
and High School Students 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 --  McGraw-Hill Education,
in collaboration with MetaMetrics(R), the developer of the industry
leading Lexile(R) Framework for Reading, today announced the launch
of SRA FLEX Literacy, a comprehensive reading and language arts
intervention system for students in Grades 3-8. SRA FLEX was built
from the ground up to specifically help at-risk students learn the
critical reading and writing skills required to meet Common Core
State Standards. The program provides teachers with unparalleled
insight into students' progress through the use of the Lexile
measurement system, the most widely adopted measure of reader ability
and text difficulty in K-12 education. 
The Common Core State Standards, which align K-12 instruction across
states behind a defined set of learning expectations with the goal of
preparing all high school students for success in college and their
future careers, have presented a unique challenge for educators by
raising the bar for student performance. This challenge is felt even
more acutely among teachers of students who struggled to read and
write at grade level prior to the implementation of the new, more
rigorous standards.  
"The 21st century classroom contains students with incredibly varied
skill levels and learning styles, and those considered to be at-risk
or of lower proficiency will face even greater challenges as schools
implement curricula designed to meet the Common Core State
Standards," says Dan Caton, president of McGraw-Hill School
Education. "With SRA FLEX, we've combined teacher-led instruction and
the latest adaptive and analytic technology with collaborative
learning methods to create a highly personalized learning experience
with the goal of providing struggling readers and writers with the
skills they need to succeed." 
Comprised of three unique and flexible learning experiences -- the
Digital Experience, the Print Experience and the Project Experience
-- SRA FLEX engages students through high-interest, collaborative and
interactive tools, and rich text selections.  

--  The Digital Experience, the backbone of the program, offers
    self-paced, individualized and scaffolded online lessons with
    activities for instruction, practice, assessment, remediation and
    review. The Lexile Framework guides the entire process, allowing SRA
    FLEX to pair each student with reading materials that match his or her
    reading ability perfectly, and to ensure that students are challenged
    in the most constructive way. In addition, the system's adaptive
    features enable SRA FLEX to slow down when students are struggling and
    accelerate when they have demonstrated mastery.
--  The Print Experience offers teacher-led, small-group lessons focused
    on explicit reading instruction that engages students to develop
    comprehension, allowing at-risk students the opportunity to rise up to
    and interact with on-grade level texts, rather than drop down to lower
    level texts.
--  The Project Experience uses whole-group instruction, small-group
    collaboration and independent writing projects to encourage students
    to make cross-curricular connections and ultimately support critical
    thinking, one of the most important pillars of the Common Core.
    Collectively, the program's three experiences are designed to
    continually motivate students with flexibility and a highly engaging
    user-friendly design.

"As we transition to the more rigorous demands of the Common Core, we
are excited to team up with McGraw-Hill Education to bring their
dynamic reading intervention program to the market," says Trilby
Berger, senior vice president of strategic partnerships of
MetaMetrics. "The remarkable results of the SRA FLEX pilot
demonstrate that teachers and administrators value the unparalleled
ease with which the program allows for collection and reporting of
data for student grades and progress. We are proud of the results to
date and look forward to working with McGraw-Hill Education as they
make this program available to school districts across the country." 
Following the recent completion of the program's successful pilot in
six school districts, SRA FLEX is now nationally available for
purchase as a comprehensive reading and language arts program or as a
supplemental reading intervention solution.  
For more information about SRA FLEX Literacy, visit: 
About McGraw-Hill Education
 McGraw-Hill Education is a digital
learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational
expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around
the world. McGraw-Hill Education is the adaptive education technology
leader with the vision for creating a highly personalized learning
experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that
awaits. The Company has offices across North America, India, China,
Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning
solutions available in more than 60 languages. For additional
information, visit 
About MetaMetrics 
 MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for
learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops
scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary
technologies that link assessment results with real-world
instruction. MetaMetrics' products and services for reading (The
Lexile(R) Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile(R) para Leer),
mathematics (The Quantile(R) Framework for Mathematics), and writing
(The Lexile(R) Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about
academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals
to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with
the organization at: 
Brian Belardi
McGraw-Hill Education
(212) 904-4827 
Elizabeth Lattanzio
(919) 354-3482 
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