Reading Horizons Releases Elevate Software for Struggling Readers and ESL Students

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To better meet the needs of struggling readers and ESL students in grades 4-12 (and adult learners) Reading Horizons has updated its interactive reading software, Reading Horizons Elevate. The software will be available for school and institution use starting May 10, 2013.

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In just three months we have seen incredible results with Reading Horizons. Several teachers have commented on increased confidence levels in class, increased fluency, and more accurate spelling.

Reading Horizons has updated its software for older students that struggle with reading. The software has been renamed Elevate (previously called Reading Horizons v5), to highlight the new heights struggling readers can reach using the program. The program has been used to help students with learning disabilities, special needs, processing disorders, and those learning English as a second language. The average student gains two-to-three grade levels in reading after 50 hours of instruction.

"Reading Horizons has opened up a whole new world for my students. I believe it has saved many of my students from going down the wrong track in life," said Leah Wood, teacher at Yselta Independent School District in Texas. "They have made leaps and bounds in their reading abilities.”

“Reading Horizons Elevate is the culmination of 30 years’ worth of research and market analysis, plus the anecdotal feedback of hundreds of thousands of teachers and students," said Tyson Smith, Reading Horizons President and CEO. "Reading Horizons has always provided industry-leading solutions for literacy improvement, K-adult. Reading Horizons Elevate is the most effective software we have ever published to address the needs of older students who have literacy deficits. I am proud of our team and the effort that they have put in and look forward to the results that this new program will produce for the students who need us most.”

The main features of the program include:

  •     Progress Monitoring System
  •     3 Diagnostic & Progress Assessments
  •     68 Interactive Lessons
  •     13 Most Common Word Lessons
  •     Over 12,000 Vocabulary Terms
  •     Over 280 Lexiled® Reading Passages

With the release of Elevate, the following enhancements have been added:

  •     57 new Lexiled reading passages (including passages for two new categories: occupations and hobbies)
  •     3 Skill-Based Games
  •     Over 2,000 new vocabulary terms (including terms for 3 new English for Special Purposes (ESP) categories: Culinary, Law Enforcement, & Construction)
  •     Updated navigation
  •     Larger database capacity

"In just three months we have seen incredible results with Reading Horizons," said Steven Squillante, Assistant Principal at the High School of Economics & Finance in Manhattan, New York. "Several teachers have commented on increased confidence levels in class, increased fluency, and more accurate spelling.”

About Reading Horizons:
Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, teacher manuals, and interactive software that empowers teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and English language learners. The explicit, systematic, and multi-sensory approach makes it easy for students to understand and remember the skills they need to find success with reading. The Reading Horizons program is currently offered in over 10,000 schools across the country. Follow Reading Horizons at @readinghorizons.

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