SOURCE: MetaMetrics

MetaMetrics

February 23, 2016 09:07 ET

Reading Horizons Incorporates the Lexile® Framework for Reading in K-3 Literacy Platform

Addition Expands Partnership With Metametrics® to Provide Deeper Support for Student Mastery

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - February 23, 2016) -  Reading Horizons and MetaMetrics® are thrilled to announce the expansion of their partnership with the addition of Lexile® measures in the Reading Horizons Discovery™ program. Reading Horizons and MetaMetrics, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, first announced their partnership in May 2015 when Lexile measures launched in the Reading Horizons Elevate reading program.

Reading Horizons Discovery is a strategy-based reading solution designed for students in Kindergarten through third grade that incorporates multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction and a unique marking system that delivers superior results. The effective, easy-to-use software utilizes the most current technology and instructional best practices to deliver assessments and skill-based lessons for each grade level, K-3. Initial assessments ensure that teachers have an accurate measure of each student's ability and the software adapts to meet the needs and skill levels of those students and provides differentiation as they progress through the program. The software includes formative assessments as well as vocabulary, games, and activities. Reading Horizons Discovery fulfills 92% of the standards for foundational reading skills for students in K-3, as well as other standards outlined by the Common Core State Standards, and is correlated to the findings of the National Reading Panel.

"We consistently strive to provide the most robust literacy solutions possible for our customers, including the ability to adjust instruction in order to meet readers where they are," commented Reading Horizons' President and CEO Tyson Smith. "Adding the Lexile® Framework for Reading in Reading Horizons Discovery immediately provides educators with yet another layer to truly assess where their students are at and how to best support their learning moving forward."

The assessment's initial Lexile measure serves as a benchmark for gauging both a student's reading ability and the complexity of text so that appropriate reading materials can be matched to the student as they progress. Reading Horizons Discovery automatically unlocks reading passages in the software library as additional skills are mastered. Each book in the library has been measured by MetaMetrics and has an official Lexile level. 

"I applaud Reading Horizons for extending their use of Lexile measures to K-3," stated Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., president and co-founder of MetaMetrics. "More than that, Reading Horizons is measuring their readers at the start of their academic career. This allows for early detection of struggling readers, and then immediate intervention to strengthen the reader's ability before they fall too far behind their peers. The power of Lexile measures also allows educators to seamlessly track their students reading growth throughout their K-12 progression."

About Reading Horizons

Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, direct instruction materials, and interactive software that empower teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, intervene with struggling readers, and provide instruction and support to English Language Learners. To learn more about Reading Horizons, please visit them online at www.readinghorizons.com or follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/ReadingHorizons.

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. To learn more about MetaMetrics, please visit them online at www.metametricsinc.com.

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