SOURCE: Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc.

April 12, 2010 12:45 ET

Peoples Education Launches Measuring Up Express™ for the OAA

Quick and Easy Test Preparation Now Available for Mathematics, Grades 3-8

SADDLE BROOK, NJ--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) - Peoples Education (NASDAQ: PEDH), a leading provider of supplemental educational material for the K-12 school market, today announced the addition of Mathematics, grades 3-8 materials to the successful Measuring Up Express for the OAA program. This new program, which first launched last year, also includes Science materials for Ohio elementary and middle school students. The Mathematics grades 3-8 program includes student worktexts, Diagnostic Practice Tests, and Formative Assessments.

"Ohio educators saw the need for a shorter program that focused on just the tested Ohio Academic Content Standards to better prepare students for the Ohio Achievement Assessment," commented Brian T. Beckwith, the company's President and CEO. "This new mathematics OAA preparation and review program is the perfect tool." 

The Measuring Up Express worktexts are a companion to the successful Measuring Up® to the Ohio Academic Content Standards program. In areas where students need extra instructional support, Measuring Up® lessons can be selected for in-depth standards coverage. For quick and easy test review 3-6 weeks prior to the OAA, Measuring Up Express is the perfect tool. The short lessons provide a brief review of the standards, as well as short answer and extended response items in the style and format of the OAA. 

"Measuring Up Express gives our students a real-life test-taking experience because of the close similarity to the OAA," commented Dr. Mark Sutter, Director of Academic Services with Elyria City Schools. "In my opinion, the Measuring Up Express materials are the best materials of their type available."

The Measuring Up Express program includes free Formative Assessments as blackline masters so teachers can monitor student progress at the end of every chapter. Two free Diagnostic Practice Tests for each student allow teachers to diagnose student weaknesses and prescribe review lessons in the Measuring Up Express or Measuring Up® worktexts. This diagnose-prescribe-instruct model in the Measuring Up® program has helped Ohio students improve test scores for over 10 years.

About Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc.
Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. is a publisher and marketer of print and electronic educational materials for the K-12 school market. The Company focuses its efforts in three market areas:

Test Preparation, Assessment, and Instruction

  • Test Preparation and Assessment: The Company creates and sells state-customized, print and electronic test preparation and assessment materials that help teachers prepare students for success in school and for required state proficiency tests, grades 2-12.
  • Instruction: The Company produces and sells proprietary state-customized print worktexts and print and Web-based delivered assessments for grades 2-8. These products provide students with in-depth instruction and practice in reading, language arts, and mathematics. In addition, the Company's backlist remedial and multicultural products are included in this group.

The Company distributes K-8 supplemental literacy materials for three publishers on an exclusive basis in the United States. These materials include an extensive selection of leveled reading materials; high-interest engaging resources for striving readers; series that integrate reading, science, and social studies; and selections and strategies for English language learners.

College Preparation
The Company distributes instructional materials that meet the academic standards high schools require for honors, college preparation, and Advanced Placement courses. The Company is the exclusive high school distributor for two major college publishers and also creates proprietary supplemental materials for this market.

Forward-Looking Statements
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