Vancouver, WA — April 18, 2007–HOSTS Learning, a leading provider of K-12 learning management systems and academic mentoring and intervention programs, announced today that 20 schools in 13 states have been chosen as HOSTS Mentoring &Intervention (M&I) Best Practices Award winners for 2006.

This year´s winners were selected from over 500 eligible schools using the HOSTS Learning Solutions nationwide. To be considered for the annual honor, each school was required to submit a comprehensive, three-part application complete with letters of recommendations from teachers, parents, students, and mentors along with examples of individual learning plans. Schools were also asked to summarize the achievement results of students in the program including results from state, standardized, local, and other student achievement assessments.

"These schools were chosen because they exemplify our 35-year mission of helping one student to succeed–that´s what HOSTS stands for," said Bill Gibbons, founder of HOSTS Learning. "With dedicated teachers and caring community members they are simply the best practice examples of how schools can successfully close the achievement gap and accelerate student learning."

The applications were judged and scored by a group of experienced instructional and curriculum specialists on a 200-point scale in five categories, including: program leadership; implementation; achievement results; program impact and extension; and community connection. Each school that applied was also required to meet three additional criteria. Those benchmarks include: time of implementation — they had to have been using the HOSTS M&I Solution for a minimum of six months; scope of implementation — their implementation must have impacted a minimum of one classroom or 25 students; and student achievement–it was essential that the program produce assessment results that showed evidence of improved student achievement.

A complete list of winners is included with the news release and is available by going to www.hosts.com

About HOSTS Mentoring and Intervention Solution

The research-based HOSTS M & I Solution is designed to address specifically the individual learning needs of struggling K-12 students. It serves as a powerful classroom program that ties formative assessment data and research-based best practices together with school´s existing curriculum resources to create customized learning paths for each student.

About HOSTS Learning

For over 35 years, HOSTS Learning solutions have helped more than one million K-12 students improve their reading skills and math proficiencies through its research-based instructional management systems, professional growth services, and mentoring and intervention programs. The HOSTS school-wide solution holds the distinction of being the only structured learning system identified as significantly reducing academic failure in both the No Child Left Behind language and the IDEA reauthorization.

Based in Vancouver, WA, HOSTS Learning solutions are currently used in more than 525 schools in 40 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. For more information, please visit www.hosts.com or call 1-800-833-4678.

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