updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon August 30, 2004
READ 180 v1.6 for OS X
Scholastic Education today announced for Mac OS X, its research-based intervention program for struggling readers in grades 4 and above. According to the company, the application 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. Scholastic also announced 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!, a technology-based reading practice program.
"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.
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.
Scholastic's 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.