Bigchalk, a leading provider of instructional research tools, has announced the newest version of a premiere online vocabulary program for students in grades five through12.

The 2001-2002 school year edition of Get a Clue, Lyceum Communication’s well-known language tool, will be available only through bigchalk under an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. The program focuses on improving reading comprehension and critical thinking skills while preparing students for high-stakes tests.

The latest edition of Get a Clue offers several new features, bigchalk said, including a simplified set-up program, customized lesson planning, online pre- and post-tests, and a redesigned quiz creation tool.

The web-based vocabulary resource contains more than 1,000 continuously updated words that are divided into various skill levels and category themes. Get a Clue’s customized quizzes allow educators to judge each student’s comprehension and rate of retention. The program then develops performance reports to track personal progress.

Get a Clue was derived from the WATS (Words and their Stories) System, a vocabulary acquisition process that aims to help students learn words in a context they can remember. The new edition of Get a Clue costs roughly $3,000 per school.

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