Scholastic's new web-based reading assessment program, iReach, is designed to help students in grades two to eight build reading comprehension, vocabulary skills, and prepare for standardized tests.

iReach identifies reading weaknesses using critically-acclaimed books and standards-based assessments. Students read full-length books based on their grade level, then take multiple-choice tests that evaluate 39 comprehension and vocabulary skills. Teachers get immediate feedback, as well as lessons that target each studentÕs needs.

"Teachers are feeling the growing pressures of accountability due to increased emphasis on national and state testing," said Harry Barfoot, vice president and general manager of Scholastic Educational Publishing. "They...

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