School Specialty Adds Lexile Measures to MCI

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Literacy Intervention Program Uses Widely Adopted Reading Measure For Placement and Progress Monitoring

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MCI combines explicit, scaffolded instruction with high-interest materials to engage students in learning and helps them become active, strategic readers

School Specialty today announced that it has partnered with MetaMetrics®, developer of The Lexile Framework® for Reading, to create the MCI Pre- and Post-Tests: Placement and Progress-Monitoring Using The Lexile Framework® for Reading. The addition of Lexile® measures within MCI (Making Connections® Intervention) provides educators with a comprehensive solution for determining the reading levels of struggling middle school readers, matching them with targeted instructional resources that can improve their literacy skills, and monitoring their growth in reading ability. MCI is intended for struggling readers in middle school and beyond who fall below proficiency standards.

"MCI combines explicit, scaffolded instruction with high-interest materials to engage students in learning and helps them become active, strategic readers," said School Specialty Intervention President Rick Holden. "By utilizing Lexile measures through the MCI Pre- and Post-Tests, we are providing educators with a proven tool for matching students with reading resources at their level that will capture their imaginations while enabling them to build crucial literacy skills."

Recognized as the most widely adopted reading measure, Lexile measures are used in schools in all 50 states. Each year, more than 28 million Lexile measures are reported from reading assessments and programs, representing about half of U.S. students.

As part of the agreement, MetaMetrics developed the tests in collaboration with School Specialty Intervention : a pre-test to assess student reading ability for placement within the program, and a series of post-tests to measure growth in reading comprehension. Based on the pre-test results, students are assigned targeted MCI instructional materials at their Lexile level. After students complete an entire level, they take a post-test to update their Lexile measure and monitor progress.

"We are pleased to add MCI to the growing list of reading programs that use Lexile measures to match students with reading materials that will help them achieve at the highest levels," said MetaMetrics President Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. "With today's increased emphasis on making sure students graduate college- and career-ready, now, more than ever, we must ensure that students who are struggling to achieve grade-level expectations are prepared to succeed both in school and in their pursuits after graduation."

What makes the Lexile Framework unique from other measurement systems, and what has led to its widespread use, is that it measures both reading ability and text difficulty on the same developmental scale. Lexile measures help educators, librarians and families select books, articles and other materials that provide the right level of challenge for a reader's skills and goals, while still maintaining interest and learning. More than 110,000 books and 80 million articles have Lexile measures, and the number of resources with Lexile measures continues to grow.

MCI is an innovative literacy program that teaches critical reading comprehension skills and strategies, as well as addressing phonics and word study, vocabulary, fluency and writing. Each MCI Student Book includes high-interest informational and narrative selections designed for active, strategic reading and application of specific comprehension skills and strategies. The books incorporate a wide variety of illustrations and photographs to capture student interest. A coordinating Student Library allows students to apply the skills and strategies they have learned to an independent reading experience.

About School Specialty:
School Specialty (Nasdaq: SCHS) is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops and provides PreK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help educators, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. School Specialty Intervention delivers comprehensive reading, math and Response to Intervention (RtI) solutions to help K-12 schools close the achievement gap and make a measurable difference in the outcomes for 30 million struggling students who fall below proficiency benchmarks. Trusted brands from School Specialty Intervention include Academy of READING®, Academy of MATH®, S.P.I.R.E.®, MCI, Wordly Wise 3000® and Explode The Code®. For more information about School Specialty, visit For more information about School Specialty Intervention, visit

About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics, an educational measurement and research organization, develops scientific measures of student achievement that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning. The organization's renowned psychometric team created the widely adopted Lexile Framework for Reading (; El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the reading framework; The Quantile Framework® for Mathematics (; and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile® measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, MetaMetrics offers professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services.

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