Texthelp Products Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalists for Best Solution for Special Needs Students and Best Reading/English/ELL Instructional Solutions

Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor Earn Prestigious Education Industry Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2013) – Texthelp Inc., provider of award-winning literacy software solutions, today announced that Read&Write GOLD with Web Apps was named a finalist for the 2013 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Solution for Special Needs Students category and Fluency Tutor was named a finalist for the Best Reading/English/Ell Instruction Solution category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years. The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education and Software.

This year’s program features 23 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Ed Tech Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 6.

Texthelp software solutions ensure that all individuals reach their potential and achieve success.

Read&Write GOLD is a customizable easy-to-use toolbar that seamlessly integrates with mainstream applications so students can access literacy support tools from within programs they use every day. Web Apps allow individuals to use their favorite Read&Write features in the Cloud to access web pages, Bookshare eBooks, and Google Docs. Read&Write GOLD with Web Apps supports the needs of diverse student populations, including those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities such as dyslexia, and English Language Learners.

Fluency Tutor is a unique web-based solution for developing and measuring oral reading fluency and comprehension. The research-based software not only helps early readers but has also been proven to be highly successful when used as a reading intervention for older struggling students, especially those in RTI Tiers 2 or 3, and English Language Learners.

“Texthelp is very excited to have both Read&Write GOLD and Fluency Tutor included as CODiE Award finalists. Having our products evaluated and chosen by educators makes this selection even more rewarding and confirms their value for struggling students who need extra support, whether at school or at home,” states Jack Dolan, President of Texthelp Inc.

“We’re pleased with the innovative educational technology products that made it to this stage. All of this year’s finalists show great promise, and they should be proud of their finalist status,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “I look forward to seeing them all in May at the Ed Tech Industry Summit.”

Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2013/finalists.asp.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

About Texthelp Inc.
Texthelp Inc. provides literacy software solutions for individuals, K-12, higher education, and publishers. Texthelp’s products include: Read&Write GOLD, Read&Write Web Apps, iReadWrite, Fluency Tutor, and SpeechStream. Read&Write GOLD is a customizable toolbar for PC and Mac that floats on top of other applications allowing students to access the reading, writing, studying, and research support tools they need from within programs they use every day. Read&Write Web Apps provide reading, studying, and research support tools in the Cloud to make Google Docs, web pages, and Bookshare eBooks accessible anytime, anywhere. iReadWrite is an easy-to-use reading and writing App that runs directly on the iPad and includes powerful support features that benefit struggling readers and writers of all ages. Fluency Tutor is an online solution for developing and measuring oral reading fluency and comprehension. SpeechStream allow publishers to deliver digital talking eBooks, assessments, and online content with support tools. For more information, visit www.texthelp.com.

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