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Houghton Mifflin include lexiles in children's titles

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Incorporates Lexile Reading Measures IntoSelect Children's Titles

Data Derived From Lexile Metrics Will Enable Personal, Targeted Reading Pathways for Young Students

DURHAM, NC and BOSTON, MA, Apr 23, 2014 (Menafn - Marketwired via COMTEX) --MetaMetrics(R), developer of the widely adopted Lexile(R) Frameworkfor Reading, and global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt(HMH) today announced the addition of Lexile(R) measures to more than1400 of HMH's popular children's trade titles, including many frombestselling series such as Curious George, Martha Speaks and TheBorrowers.

Recognized as the most widely adopted reading measure, the LexileFramework provides data about both individual reading abilities andtext complexity. Used together, these two pieces of informationcreate a sophisticated tool for matching books and readers thatrelies on developmental assessment rather than generalized age groupsor grade levels.

Lexile measures are used at the school level in various capacities inall 50 U.S. states. Each year, more than 28 million Lexile readermeasures are reported from reading assessments and programs,representing about half of U.S. students. Lexile text measures areavailable for more than 100 million books, articles and websites.

"At HMH, we strive to make learning more dynamic, engaging andeffective. By applying the Lexile Framework to our children's titles,we are providing educators, curriculum developers and families withvaluable tools," said Gary Gentel, President of HMH Trade & ConsumerPublishing. "Lexile measures allow literacy instructors to createpersonal, targeted reading paths for young readers, sharingselections that are manageable but still challenging and encouragingconstant growth."

"We are thrilled that many of HMH's celebrated children's tradetitles will now have Lexile measures," stated Malbert Smith, Ph.D.,president and co-founder of MetaMetrics. "Children throughout theU.S. will be able to select topnotch books that are at their readinglevel. We are excited to be a partner with HMH."

MetaMetrics assigns Lexile measures to a title after analyzing thecomplete text using proprietary software that evaluates its semanticand syntactic dimensions. Lexile measures range from below 200L forearly reader text to above 1600L for more advanced text. Books thathave received Lexile measures are available in MetaMetrics' free"Find a Book" search tool, which allows readers to build custom booklists and locate their selections at the local public library. "Finda Book" includes more than 160,000 literary and informational booksfrom hundreds of publishers.

About MetaMetrics MetaMetrics is focused on improving education forlearners of all ages and ability levels. The organization developsscientific measures of academic achievement and complementarytechnologies that link assessment results with real-worldinstruction. MetaMetrics' products and services for reading (TheLexile(R) Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile(R) para Leer),mathematics (The Quantile(R) Framework for Mathematics) and writing(The Lexile(R) Framework for Writing) provide unique insights aboutacademic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individualsto achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect withthe organization at: http://blog.lexile.com.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Consumer Publishing Fornearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade & ConsumerPublishing division has published some of the world's most renownednovels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works inhardcover, trade paperback, and eBook formats. Its distinguishedauthor list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven PulitzerPrize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more thanone hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honorrecipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth,Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated rosterof children's authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, ChrisVan Allsburg and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best Americanseries(R); The American Heritage(R) and Webster's New World(TM)dictionaries; Betty Crocker(R), Better Homes and Gardens(R), How toCook Everything(R), The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinaryproperties; the Peterson Field Guides(R); CliffsNotes; books byJ.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children's books and charactersincluding Curious George(R), The Little Prince and The Polar Express.For more information, visitwww.hmhco.com.


For more information:
Elizabeth Lattanzio
919-354-3482
elattanzio@Lexile.com

Emma Doherty
Director, Corporate Communications
617-351-5473
emma.doherty@hmhco.com



SOURCE: MetaMetrics

 

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Interesting to listen to the strategies for teaching struggling students!

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In working with teachers and having taught for 20 years in the high school, I fully understand the frustration struggling readers have with weeks of literary reading and study. The concept of narrow reading is appealing and I must say somewhat refreshing, especiallyl in light of the demands PARCC and the frameworks place on informational text. To spend an entire quarter on one or the other text type could be a drain on many students...depending on where their interests and strengths lie. Personally and professionally, speaking out of experience, I believe we should be considering 4-week spans of instructional time rather than quarters and /or semesters.

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This report focused on four questions:

What do teachers want and need from digital instructional tools?

How can product developers use this information to more effectively serve students, teachers, and schools?

What do we know about how teachers and districts select and purchase digital instructional tools?

What do we know about the overall market for digital instructional tools?

The report identified six instructional purposes for technology, moving from teacher-driven to student-driven and identify both a primary and a secondary benefit. The areas are:

● Deliver Instruction

● Diagnose Student Learning

● Vary Delivery Method

● Tailer Learning Experience

● Support Student Collaboration and Interactivity

● Foster Independent Practice

One piece that pops out quickly is that 54% of teachers surveyed did not find the digital tools they use effective.

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"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just released a report detailing the results of 3,100 teacher surveys and 1,250 student surveys on the kinds of digital instruction tools that are useful and effective. The foundation has asked teachers and students what they need when it comes to digital instruction, aiming to close the communication gap between commercial developers and schools.

One of the biggest takeaways is that most teachers — 54 percent — don’t find many of the digital tools they use effective. That’s partly because teachers often aren’t making purchasing decisions. When they do have a say in tool selection they often report on its effectiveness more favorably. When asked about free products, teachers reported that free products are just as likely to be effective as the products the district purchased for them."

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"Pearson's reassurances did not seem to placate Pam Stewart, the Florida education commissioner. In a letter to Walter Sherwood, Pearson's president of state services, Stewart wrote that Pearson seemed to minimize the problems experienced by students and teachers. "This failure is inexcusable," she wrote. "Florida's students and teachers work too hard on learning to be distracted by these needless and avoidable technological issues."

 

""It is an understatement to say I am frustrated. It is an understatement to say I am outraged," (Janet) Barresi said at a news conference, calling the problems "a 100 percent failing of CTB."

 


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