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Palmer Way Elementary of National City, CA and Willow Road School of Franklin Square, NY Use Pioneering Program to Raise Reading Scores and Motivate Students

New York, NY (June 7, 2007) -- Scholastic Education, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has named Palmer Way Elementary School in National City, CA and Willow Road School in Franklin Square, NY ReadAbout®: Platinum Performers. 
The schools are the first Platinum Performers selected by Scholastic, the developers of ReadAbout:, an education technology program that motivates students in grades 3-8 to master reading skills and academic vocabulary, using 100% nonfiction content.  Both schools were chosen because of their increased achievement, visionary principals, motivated teachers and determined students.
As part of its intense focus on literacy, Palmer Way Elementary has used ReadAbout: to great success with English Language Learners.  Students increased their reading scores by an average of 114 points (approximately one grade level) between January and the end of this school year, gains that Language Arts Specialist Gina Mazeua credits to the intense vocabulary instruction offered by ReadAbout:.  

Last year, 83% of Willow Road School fourth graders scored proficient on the state English Language Arts (ELA) exam.  This year, 92.6% of that same group of students (now fifth graders) scored above proficient on the ELA assessment.  This achievement is even more impressive because the school houses all of the Special Education students in the district. 
“Scholastic is thrilled to name Palmer Way and Willow Road the first ReadAbout: Platinum Performers,” said Margery Mayer, President, Scholastic Education. “The teachers and administrators of these schools represent the best in education.  They are committed to motivating their students to read, learn and enjoy school, and we are proud to be part of the work they do.”
ReadAbout: uses the best thinking in gaming theory to motivate and challenge kids with high-interest reading choices, engaging video clips, corrective feedback and a unique digital reward system.  The program includes state-of-the art software that adapts the reading instruction for every student, whether he requires intervention, instruction or enrichment.
ReadAbout: builds upon the findings of several distinguished educational experts in the areas of vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension strategy and motivational learning theory, including: Dr. Kevin Feldman, Director of Reading and Early Intervention, Sonoma County office of Education; Dr. Kate Kinsella, of the Department of Secondary Education, San Francisco State University; Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm, Associate Professor at Boise State University and renowned teacher and author Henry Jenkins.  ReadAbout: utilizes the same research-based motivational instruction model pioneered by Dr. Ted Hasselbring, creator of READ 180® and Professor of Special Education Technology at Vanderbilt University. 
For more information about ReadAbout:, please visit 
About Scholastic Education
Scholastic Education, a leader in the education marketplace, provides learning solutions through research-based technology products and multimedia supplemental instructional materials that support student achievement in grades pre-K through high school.  Grounded in the most current scientific research, Scholastic Education develops technology products and services that include intervention, assessment, instruction, data management and professional development.
About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology.  Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site,

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