Brea, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2013) – Mastering academic vocabulary is a key factor in preparing students for state exams and is an important step towards college readiness. Ballard & Tighe, Publishers, a leader in instructional and assessment materials for English language learners, today announced the launch of Word Raider: Escape, a new online academic vocabulary game that blends rigorous vocabulary instruction with engaging modern-day game design for students in grades 2-5.

Academic vocabulary has been identified as a major factor underlining the achievement gap between English language learners (ELLs) and native English speakers. A recent...

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