SOURCE: Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc.

March 05, 2010 13:23 ET

Peoples Education Measuring Up Express™ Language Arts Literacy Revised to Match the Latest NJ ASK

Quick and Easy CPI Review and NJ ASK Practice, Grades 3-8

SADDLE BROOK, NJ--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) -  Peoples Education (NASDAQ: PEDH), a leading provider of supplemental educational material for the K-12 school market, is pleased to announce the re-launch of Measuring Up Express™ Language Arts Literacy grades 3-8, which now includes writing prompt practice that matches the latest NJ ASK. This program, which first launched in 2008, includes student worktexts, Diagnostic Practice Tests, and Formative Assessments. 

Revised grades 3-5 worktexts now include:

  • Non-picture speculative prompts
  • Poem-based explanatory prompts
  • Additional persuasive writing practice

Revised grades 6-8 worktexts now include:

  • Quote-based explanatory prompts

"Peoples Education has a history of responding to New Jersey educators' needs promptly and with high-quality New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and NJ ASK materials," commented Brian T. Beckwith, the company's President and CEO. "This revised Language Arts Literacy NJ ASK preparation and review program is no exception." 

The Measuring Up Express™ worktexts are a companion to the successful Measuring Up® to the New Jersey Core Curriculum 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 NJ ASK, Measuring Up Express™ is the perfect tool. The short lessons provide a brief review of the standards and relevant vocabulary, as well as test practice in the format of the NJ ASK. 

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 over 1.1 million New Jersey students improve test scores.

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.

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