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

McGraw-Hill Education Launches SRA FLEX Literacy™ 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

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Education, in collaboration
with MetaMetrics^®, the developer of the industry leading Lexile^® 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 21^st century classroom contains students withincredibly 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.

  oThe 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.
  oThe 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.
  oThe 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:
http://www.flexliteracy.com/sampler.

About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learningcompany 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 acrossNorth America,India,China,Europe,
theMiddle EastandSouth America, and makes its learning solutions available
in more than 60 languages.For additional information,
visitwww.mheducation.com.

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® Framework for Reading,El Sistema Lexile® para Leer), mathematics (The
Quantile® Framework for Mathematics), and writing (The Lexile® 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:http://blog.lexile.com.

Contact:
Brian Belardi
McGraw-Hill Education
(212) 904-4827
brian_belardi@mcgraw-hill.com

Elizabeth Lattanzio
MetaMetrics
(919) 354-3482
elattanzio@lexile.com

SOURCE McGraw-Hill Education

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