Exemplary Orange County Home Schooling Program Selects Pearson's Reading Street for California to Boost Literacy Skills

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1,100 Students & Their Families to Benefit from Innovative New Curriculum.

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The Orange County Department of Education's highly acclaimed Community Home Education Program (OC CHEP) has selected Reading Street for California from Pearson as its core K-5 reading program, the publisher announced today.

"Orange County's home schooling program is one of the best in the state, so it says a lot about the quality of our program that they chose Reading Street," said Dan Pier, Pearson's vice president for California. "This is a real testimony to how effective our program is in wide range of learning environments - from a traditional classroom to the home."

CHEP is just one of four home study programs in the state to be designated by the State of California as an "exemplary" program; it serves approximately 1,100 students and their families, said Pat Novak, the principal for CHEP.

Reading Street appealed to the district for a number of reasons, she said.

"The Pearson curriculum is far more rigorous than other programs but at the same time it is extremely user-friendly for parents and a home-school environment," she said. "We also were attracted to the program's wealth of online resources and the high quality of the people on the customer support team."

Pearson Reading Street for California is a research-based, customized curriculum steeped in five years of research and development. The top-selling reading curriculum in the U.S last year, the program has been enhanced and customized for California, adding a visually engaging and entertaining digital path. The program's prestigious authors represent the best and brightest minds in education when it comes to incorporating instruction for 21st Century skills, English learners, problem solving, conceptual learning and a focus on new and effective approaches such as culturally responsive teaching skills.

The program helps address a wide range of critical reading issues confronting the state's schools, said Pier. Reading Street is available online, has a Spanish counterpart, and offers many features tailored for California's diverse student population.

Pier noted that the Reading Street program is supported by independent efficacy studies that show students in all socio-economic groups "significantly improved their reading achievement from 30-50%, often surpassing state requirements."

"Our customized programs are aligned to California standards from kindergarten through high school," he said. "We offer embedded intervention and assessment, and digital media, all aligned to Reading First requirements and revised State standards."

About Pearson in California:
Pearson, the world's leading education publisher, has been providing education materials to California schools as far back as the 1800s. You may know us individually as Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNet, Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, Learning Teams, Achievement Solutions, and so many more - names in the world of education that are recognized and respected across the State and the globe. In fact, most teachers in California have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from our professional development programs. Today, nearly a thousand Pearson people are living and working in the State, providing educational materials that cover the gamut from birth through professional learning. Whether in science, math, social studies, music, middle/high school language arts, English as a second language, foreign languages, or AP courses, hundreds of thousands of California's preK-12 students are learning with our Pearson products every day. In addition to Education, Pearson's other major businesses include The Financial Times Group and The Penguin Group. For more information, go to: http://www.californiareading.com or http://www.pearsonschool.com.

About CHEP
Community Home Education Program (CHEP) 
is the Orange County Department of Education's home independent study program, servicing and supporting parents who wish to teach their Kindergarten through 8th grade children at home. We provide this alternative public education to families who live in and adjacent to Orange County. As a public school, services and curriculum are free to participating families.

Media Contacts:
kate.miller @ pearson.com - 1.800.745.8489
stevan @ allenstrategic.com - 1.916.448.1336

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