BLOOMINGTON, Minn.–April 17, 2007–Pearson Assessments today announced that The Bridge of Vocabulary, the only explicit vocabulary intervention program tied to evidence-based research and curriculum standards and developed for both general and special educators, is a finalist in two categories of the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) 2007 Distinguished Achievement Awards Program. The product is honored in the "Curriculum: Reading and Language Arts Teaching Resources: Activity Books Category" for both grades 6-8 and 9-12.

The Distinguished Achievement Awards recognize the best educational materials–such as books, periodicals, educational toys and software–within subject categories and by audience. The 2007 AEP award winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet and Gala on Tuesday, June 12, in Washington, D.C.

Developed by Judy K. Montgomery, Ph.D., professor of special education and literacy at Chapman University, Orange, Calif., The Bridge of Vocabulary is brief, focused and flexible and directly links specific vocabulary intervention with a research-based strategy and presents a systematic, intensive approach to help foster vocabulary and language growth. The Bridge of Vocabulary targets five age levels, from preschoolers through adult learners. Early learners use pictures to help them grasp early vocabulary concepts, elementary students use both oral and written activities, and older learners use reasoning skills to master abstract vocabulary concepts.

"The Bridge of Vocabulary offers both general and special education professionals a systematic, intensive approach for fostering vocabulary and language growth in students of all ages," said Carol Watson, executive vice president and publisher, Pearson Assessments. "We are proud to have this one-of-a-kind tool for vocabulary intervention recognized by the education publishing industry."

The activities in The Bridge of Vocabulary provide a continuum of resources that match all tiers of the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework by providing vocabulary building interventions that can be used with an entire class, small groups of students and to meet individual student learning needs. In addition, because it is designed for use by both general educators and special education teachers, The Bridge of Vocabulary fosters the type of collaboration that the new federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act encourages.

The book includes more than 100 professional-led activities, all of which have been field-tested by classroom teachers and speech-language pathologists. An accompanying CD-ROM offers more than 600 additional guided practice activities, independent practice, word cards and picture cards. For more information on The Bridge of Vocabulary, visit or call (800) 627-7271.

About AEP

The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), founded in 1895, is a national, nonprofit association devoted to serving and advancing the supplemental and educational publishing industry. Its membership represents the many facets of the educational publishing community including publishers, service providers, nonprofit associations, schools, researchers and freelance contributors. With the rapid growth of new educational technologies, AEP members are at the forefront of delivering progressive, educational products and services that address individual learning needs and differences. Please visit for more information.

About Pearson Assessments

Pearson Assessments ( ) provides assessment instruments and data capture tools and technologies for use in education, business and health care settings. Backed by a half century of knowledge and expertise, Pearson Assessments–integrating Pearson NCS and the assessment division of AGS Publishing with the original Pearson Assessments business–offers products and services to deliver the accurate, reliable and usable information that professionals seek. Pearson Assessments is a business of Pearson Education (, the world´s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson´s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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