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Scholastic Announces Largest Educational Technology Product Launch in the Company's History with MATH 180™, iRead™, System



  Scholastic Announces Largest Educational Technology Product Launch in the
Company's History with MATH 180™, iRead™, System 44® Next Generation and READ
                               180® on the iPad

Breakthrough K-12 Math and Reading Programs for the Common Core Combine Smart
Technology, Rich Data, Professional Learning and Rigorous, Relevant Content

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 15, 2013

NEW YORK, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing together leading cognitive
scientists, instructional experts in reading and mathematics, cutting-edge
game and app designers and adaptive technology innovators, Scholastic
Education is transforming the K-12 classroom with six breakthrough programs
designed to help all students reach Common Core proficiency – no matter their
starting point.

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Today, at the start of the Education Innovation Summit at Arizona State
University, Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) unveiled a suite of reading and math
products that meet students where they are and propel them forward with
powerful technology, engaging content and empowering support for teachers.

  o MATH 180™ – a revolutionary intervention program designed to get middle
    school students Common Core-ready by rebuilding the foundations of
    mathematics.
  o iRead™ – a breakthrough digital program for grades K-2 that ensures
    mastery of foundational reading skills for students of all backgrounds and
    reading levels.
  o System 44® Next Generation – a powerful new version of the foundational
    reading program for our most challenged readers in grades 3-12.
  o READ 180® on the iPad – tablet access for teachers and students to the
    most successful personalized learning technology built for the Common
    Core.
  o Common Core Code X™ (Code X) – a comprehensive, tablet-ready ELA
    curriculum that challenges middle school students to read, think, analyze,
    synthesize, question, cite evidence, debate, and write every day.
  o nextpert™ – digital professional learning that transforms instruction for
    the Common Core.

Together these programs provide solutions for district and school leaders'
greatest concerns: preparing all kids for success with iRead for K-2 skills
mastery; accelerating reading skills and comprehension for older struggling
readers with System 44 and READ 180; making middle school English language
arts class engaging and challenging with Code X; and, with MATH 180, building
confidence and understanding for kids who struggle with math – often the same
kids who need READ 180.  Recognizing that the teacher is the most important
factor in student learning, Scholastic is also offering nextpert, a digital,
professional learning platform that provides teachers with 24/7 support and
access to online courses and learning resources that help them transform
instruction for the Common Core.

"At the core of everything we do is the belief that every student can succeed,
every teacher can inspire, and every leader can empower," said Margery Mayer,
President of Scholastic Education. "These programs combine innovation and
experience to transform how students learn and teachers teach – and to ensure
that school districts are closing gaps, fostering a growth mindset in
students, and preparing them to meet college- and career-ready standards."

Embedded in the Scholastic suite of educational technology programs is:

  o Smart, adaptive technology that gathers data through every interaction and
    uses it to personalize learning and provide actionable intelligence to the
    teacher.
  o Professional learning support that builds teacher capacity in an era of
    heightened accountability.
  o Content kids crave that opens doors to college and careers.
  o Proven, research-based instructional practices that build understanding
    and fluency in math and reading.

Mayer added, "At Scholastic, we know that great teaching requires a great
teacher and we create our technology programs to help the teacher become a
force multiplier in the classroom."

MATH 180

Designed for struggling students in grades 6 and up, MATH 180 takes a cutting
edge approach to mathematics instruction by focusing on:

 1. The Core within the Core: Carefully curated by Common Core architects,
    MATH 180 focuses on mastery of the essential skills and concepts necessary
    to unlock algebra and advanced math.
 2. Growth Mindset: Working with Carol Dweck's Mindset Works organization,
    MATH 180 is carefully designed to help shift students' attitudes about
    math from a fixed mindset to the belief that their efforts will lead to
    success.
 3. Force Multipliers for Teaching: Guided by Deborah Ball, the country's most
    respected voice on effective teaching practices, MATH 180 provides
    powerful resources and tools that help teachers become "Force
    Multipliers."

MATH 180's blended learning approach ensures that student and teacher time is
optimized at every moment. The unique instructional design pairs sophisticated
technology and smart data to help teachers elicit thinking and build
conceptual understanding, while adaptive software accelerates students'
learning by delivering the instruction and practice they need at the moment
they need it.

iRead

Taking a new, innovative approach to K-2 reading instruction, iRead helps
schools close the literacy achievement gap before it begins with a
personalized learning progression for every child, embedded assessment that
ensures children are taught to mastery, the best thinking from cognitive
science and gaming theory, technology that complements what teachers do best,
and an engaging, supportive environment for children and their families.

Set in Beastie Hall, a virtual school built entirely of books, iRead delivers
explicit instruction and systematic skill practice to master reading inside an
exciting digital environment created by leading experts in game design and
motivation. Adaptive technology continually monitors performance and meets
every student at his or her level by customizing pacing, instructional load
and content. And the technology provides organized, actionable data to help
teachers track student progress and address skill gaps.

System 44 Next Generation

For students in grades 3 through 12 who have not yet mastered these
foundational phonics and decoding skills, Scholastic now offers System 44 Next
Generation.  The result of Scholastic's collaboration with Dr. Marilyn Jager
Adams of Brown University and Dr. Ted Hasselbring of Vanderbilt University,
System 44 Next Generation combines the best practices in phonics, reading and
writing instruction with cutting edge adaptive technology to help students
master the skills required for success with the Common Core.

The program's adaptive software presents phonics in a unique way, specifically
designed for older students who are able to grasp complex systems even as they
struggle with reading. Presenting the English language as a clear, finite
system made up of 44 sounds and 26 letters, System 44 Next Generation provides
direct instruction and intensive, adaptive practice beginning with
letter-sound correspondence and progressing through fluent word recognition.
The program has been proven effective by multiple independent studies,
including a recent randomized study from Saginaw, Mich., demonstrating that
System 44 is effective in raising reading achievement for students with
learning disabilities.  As with the other programs, System 44 generates rich
data to help teachers group students for direct instruction so they can
advance quickly through the program.

READ 180 for the iPad

Students who master the foundational skills, move seamlessly from System 44
into READ 180, which accelerates students to grade level and beyond.

As school districts shift toward the use of tablet devices in classrooms,
Scholastic is excited to announce the completion of an ambitious effort to
make READ 180, used every day by 1.5 million students across the country,
available on the iPad.

One of the most thoroughly researched and successful educational technology
program of all time, READ 180 is designed for students who are two or more
years below grade level in reading and leverages adaptive technology to
individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for
differentiation to teachers so students can accelerate their learning and
catch up to their peers. Built for the Common Core, READ 180 for the iPad will
provide all students with an explicit and accelerated path to college and
career readiness.

In August, when Scholastic releases READ 180 on the iPad, the program will be
the most sophisticated and ambitious educational application available on the
device. Schools that use READ 180 Next Generation, will have access to READ
180 on the iPad for free.

Common Core Code X

To help ensure students are ready for the Next Generation assessments coming
in the 2014-15 school year, Scholastic has developed a rigorous English
language arts curriculum for middle school called Code X.

Tablet-ready and designed to ensure that students become deep readers and
measured writers, Code X is built around a series of workshops that challenge
students as they work toward each workshop's culminating performance task. In
those performance tasks, students are asked to read, think, analyze,
synthesize, question, cite evidence, argue, debate, and write every day.

Code X provides teachers who are confident with the instructional shifts of
the Common Core with rich texts and resources to enhance their understanding
and teaching, and it ensures that the less confident or newer teachers have
professional learning tools and day-by-day instruction to implement the new
standards comprehensively, thoughtfully, and effectively.

nextpert

At Scholastic, we believe deeply that learning is a social endeavor and that
support for the student must be matched with support and learning
opportunities for the teacher.

In Fall 2013, Scholastic will launch nextpert, a professional learning
platform that gives teachers tools and at-their-fingertips support to help
them transform their instruction for the Common Core. A new approach to
digital professional learning, nextpert sets teachers up for success in the
classroom, on their evaluations, on Next Generation assessments, and in
preparing students for achievement in work and in life.

The system includes lessons and assessment-building tools, 24/7 access to
online courses and resources tied to individual goals, peer collaboration
tools, and easy access to on-demand expert mentoring.

For more information about Scholastic Education's innovative new programs,
visit: www.scholastic.com/innovation.

For more information about Scholastic, visit our Media Room at
http://mediaroom.scholastic.com.

 

SOURCE Scholastic Inc.

Website: http://www.scholastic.com/innovation
Contact: Tyler Reed, Scholastic Inc., 212-343-6427, treed@scholastic.com
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