Columbus, Ohio, July 25 — For students who need extra
reading and language arts intervention in Grades K-8, SRA/McGraw-Hill now
offers a new, extended edition of Kaleidoscope, a comprehensive program
originally launched in 2003 for Grades 2-6.

SRA Kaleidoscope is designed to prevent struggling readers in Grades
K-1 from falling behind and to bring Grades 2-8 students performing two or
more years behind up to grade level. This effective, research-based program
meets the Response to Intervention (RtI) requirements of the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Kaleidoscope condenses the essence of SRA´s latest basal reading and
language arts program, Imagine It! It is designed to deliver two years of
instruction in a single year. It can be used with other basal programs as
well.

Daily lessons address each of the five critical areas of reading:
— Phonemic Awareness
— Phonics
— Fluency
— Vocabulary
— Comprehension

In addition, Kaleidoscope provides targeted instruction in decoding,
word study, dictation, grammar, mechanics, writing, and spelling.

"In this edition, the language arts elements are much stronger than
before. We have provided additional vocabulary activities, and the
vocabulary strategies are more explicit. Spelling lists and practice
activities have been added. And, writing is much more robust," said Sue
Andrews, SRA director of marketing for reading and language arts. "In
addition, Differentiated Instruction activities for independent, small
groups, and collaborative groups have also been added."

The program offers everything a teacher needs to teach while building
student engagement, motivation, and accomplishment, including:
— An Intervention Package which contains all core teacher materials
including Teacher Editions, Blackline Masters, Annotated Teacher
Editions and many more teacher components
— Themed lessons
— Differentiated instruction
— Integrated technology
— Assessment
— Hard cover Student Readers with high interest, lower readability
reading selections
— Leveled Readers for Intervention for additional practice in fluency,
vocabulary, and comprehension

Research has demonstrated consistent success in schools using the
previous edition of SRA Kaleidoscope to bring struggling readers up to
grade level.

For example, Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla.,
showed positive results. On tests measuring words read per minute, students
gained an average of 24.5 words!

About SRA/McGraw-Hill
SRA/McGraw-Hill is the top provider of specialized research-based
educational programs and professional development for the elementary
market. Leading programs include SRA Imagine It! reading program, Direct
Instruction, Real Math, and additional core and supplemental programs. SRA
is part of McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies
(NYSE: MHP). McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of
instructional, assessment, and reference solutions that empower
professionals and students of all ages. McGraw-Hill Education has offices
in 33 countries and publishes in more than 40 languages. Additional
information is available at http://mheducation.com. For more information on
SRA/McGraw-Hill´s products, call 1-888-SRA-4543 and visit
http://SRAonline.com.

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