EPS Literacy and Intervention’s Explode The Code Online Now Optimized for Mobile Devices

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Bestselling Phonics Program Features New Student Interface

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“We are excited to extend the reach of Explode The Code to include iPad and Android devices, allowing students to build their reading skills on the go.”

EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB: SCOO), announced today its popular phonics program, Explode The Code®, is now optimized for iPad® and Android devices, expanding opportunities for beginning and struggling readers.

Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, Explode The Code is a multisensory program geared toward improving literacy with direct, systematic phonics instruction. Its classic print program includes a sequence of student books with a placement test and instructional support. Newly updated for use on iPad and Android devices, Explode The Code® Online uses time-tested content to provide adaptive, individualized instruction and reinforcement, and is an effective grade-level intervention tool, delivering systematic phonics instruction. While the original student interface is still available, the updated program offers a new look featuring a fun underwater theme where students earn motivational points in crabs, fish, and octopi.

Among the key advantages of Explode The Code Online is its flexible access to effective phonics content, strong audio and visual cues, automatic placement, and ongoing progress monitoring. It also provides abundant practice and reinforcement opportunities for greater retention, development of comprehension skills through reading in context, and accommodations for English Language Learners and struggling readers.

“Explode The Code is one of our most popular and enduring programs, helping millions of students build literacy skills. In fact, students who learn with Explode The Code gain reading proficiency at a rate of three times that of students who do not use the program,” said Bodie Marx, senior vice president of Curriculum Sales at School Specialty. “We are excited to extend the reach of Explode The Code to include iPad and Android devices, allowing students to build their reading skills on the go.”

To find out more about Explode The Code, visit http://eps.schoolspecialty.com/ETC.

About EPS Literacy and Intervention
EPS Literacy and Intervention provides K–12 blended-media solutions that build core skills and close the achievement gap in reading and math. With powerful instructional tools and high-quality materials, the company’s reading and math intervention solutions are proven to help struggling students. From universal screening to interventions, progress monitoring to data-driven decision-making, and professional development, EPS offers an integrated approach to effective teaching and learning.

For more information on EPS and its proven programs Wordly Wise 3000®, Academy of READING®, Academy of MATH®, MCI, S.P.I.R.E.®, Path Driver for Reading®, Path Driver for Math™, Explode The Code®, EPS E.P.I.C. and more, visit http://epsbooks.com.

About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit http://www.schoolspecialty.com.

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