Leading Special Education Publishers Align Products to Make It Easier to Help Students

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 14, 2012 – Curriculum Associates, LLC, and PCI Education have aligned two of Curriculum Associates’ leading BRIGANCE® assessments with the PCI Reading Program to help special education teachers integrate developmentally appropriate reading curriculum with personalized, differentiated instruction for each student in the classroom.

“One of the most challenging things we see in schools is a lack of product integration,” said Rob Waldron, President and CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Teachers use one company’s assessment and another’s instruction—and while both products might be excellent, it’s not always intuitive how to make them work together. We’ve partnered with PCI Education to begin to eliminate this issue, so teachers can focus more of their time on the important work of helping students learn.”

The assessments in the BRIGANCE® Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II (CIBS II) Reading/ELA and CIBS II Standardized help special education teachers determine each student’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP). Assessment results can then be aligned to the systematic progression of learning within the PCI Reading Program by level and skill area.

“Curriculum Associates has the strongest special education assessment solution on the market in its BRIGANCE® family of products and PCI Education has the best instructional solutions, including the award-winning PCI Reading Program,” said Lee Wilson, President and CEO of PCI Education. “We had heard from many customers that they were already using the two products together, so we knew that integrating them was going to provide the best result for students.”

Using the jointly created BRIGANCE® • PCI Reading Program Placement Guide, teachers can optimize reading instruction and increase reading skill retention for their students by establishing reading goals and selecting appropriate lessons for instruction, in addition to monitoring student progress in key reading skills. The Placement Guide supports data-driven instruction by leveraging BRIGANCE® assessment results to help educators determine a student’s level for the PCI Reading Program.

The creation of a bridge product between Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® assessments and PCI Education’s PCI Reading Program is the first step in a partnership in which both companies will continue to find ways to make it easier for teachers to help students make meaningful progress.

The BRIGANCE® Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II (CIBS II) includes a Reading/ELA Inventory and a Mathematics Inventory for students at Pre-K to grade 9 levels that assess skills and strategies reflective of state and national standards. The criterion-referenced assessments provide a complete range of information on students’ academic skill levels and allow teachers to accurately pinpoint a student’s present level of performance. The CIBS II Standardized features reading, writing and math standardized assessments. Both the CIBS II and CIBS II Standardized help educators determine instructional goals for IEPs by identifying students’ individual skill levels, while also supporting ongoing progress monitoring. For more information about the BRIGANCE® family of products, please visit http://www.BRIGANCE.com.

The PCI Reading Program is a scientifically research-based curriculum created specifically to teach students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism and significant learning disabilities to read. Designed as a three-level system with 62 controlled-vocabulary books, the program helps nonreaders learn to read step-by-step, first through whole-word visual discrimination and then through basic decoding using onsets and rimes. For more information about the PCI Reading Program, please visit http://www.PCIEducation.com/reading.

About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC, designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screening and assessment tools and data management resources. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students. For company and product information, visit Curriculum Associates on the Web at http://www.CurriculumAssociates.com or call 800-225-0248.

About PCI Education
PCI Education offers more than 7,500 instructional materials for a wide range of students with special needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. In addition, the company’s products are used in response-to-intervention programs in reading and math, with English language learners and in adult literacy classes. Based in San Antonio, PCI Education has been helping educators lead students to success in school, at home and in the community since 1991. For more information, visit http://www.PCIEducation.com or call 800-594-4263.

• Courtney Marsh, Curriculum Associates, 978-313-1342, cmarsh@cainc.com

• Kati Elliott, KEH Communications, 410-975-9638, kati@kehcomm.com

• Denise Jacks, PCI Education, 800-594-4263, x123, djacks@pcieducation.com

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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