AutoSkill's RtI Package for the Academy of READING Honored as 2009 Best in Tech by "Scholastic Administr@tor"

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Response to Intervention Solution Recognized for Innovation in Education Technology.

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RtI provides schools with a proven methodology for putting all students on track to close the achievement gap

AutoSkill International announced today that the RtI Package™ for the Academy of READING® was named 2009 Best in Tech by "Scholastic Administr@tor" magazine. The RtI Package is honored in the Reading/RtI Assessment Solutions category.

"Scholastic Administr@tor" is read by more than 85,000 of U.S. school administrators, providing them with insight into the best education solutions and the most effective technology and leadership strategies. The RtI Package for the Academy of READING was handpicked and carefully evaluated by the magazine's expert administrator-reviewers for the 2009 Best in Tech award. The winners will be honored at a special ceremony during the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference in June in Washington, D.C.

AutoSkill's RtI Package for the Academy of READING is the only completely Web-based solution that connects the key components of RtI: universal screening, scientifically based intervention, progress monitoring, data-driven decision-making and professional development. Earlier this year, the RtI Package for the Academy of READING was honored as a finalist in the Best K-12 Instructional Solution and Best Instructional Solution for Special Needs Students categories of the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards.

"RtI provides schools with a proven methodology for putting all students on track to close the achievement gap," said Susan Koch, vice president of marketing, AutoSkill International. "We developed our RtI Package for the Academy of READING to give educators a complete set of tools for successfully implementing the model. We are particularly proud to have this product recognized by school administrators for its innovation in education technology."

AutoSkill's RtI Package is unique because it combines all of the key components of the intervention strategy in one place to allow educators to efficiently and effectively implement the model. As the adoption of the RtI model grows in U.S. schools, educators are struggling to find the time and funds to fully implement this complex, multi-tiered approach to providing services and targeted interventions to students. Plus, they are faced with the challenge of ensuring that all teachers have access to quality professional development that will help them use the RtI model to improve student learning. Now with the powerful combination of the Academy of READING and AutoSkill's new RtI Package, teachers have scientifically based intervention connected to Web-based assessments, progress-monitoring and collaboration tools at their fingertips, as well as access to professional development and support resources.

With the Academy of READING, at-risk students build fluency in the foundation skills of reading to achieve rapid, permanent gains. The Academy of READING uses a patented methodology to deliver individualized, computer-based instruction with an adaptive intervention engine, skill mastery based on automaticity and motivational principles.

The RtI Package for the Academy of READING includes software and professional development components: the RtI Toolkit™ and the RtIWORKS™ program. The RtI Toolkit gives teachers Web-based tools for the effective management of RtI. From an easy-to-use RtI dashboard, they have access to interactive progress-monitoring graphs, school- and district-monitoring reports and a student case management tool. The toolkit's Web-based Oral Reading Fluency and Cloze Comprehension Assessments allow teachers to assess student reading levels, compare results to district norms and establish growth goals. Teachers can also use the Academy of READING Diagnostic Test Package to further pinpoint areas of weakness, identifying specific skill deficits, assigning prescriptive training to differentiate instruction and creating dynamic Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). For more information about the award-winning Academy of READING and RtI Package, visit http://www.autoskill.com.

About AutoSkill International:
AutoSkill International delivers award-winning reading and math intervention solutions to close the achievement gap for K-12 students. Based on original neuroscience research and patented methodology, the company's flagship Academy of READING and Academy of MATH® software help educators develop intervention strategies that enable at-risk students to build fluency in the foundation skills of reading and math. Using a brain-based approach that incorporates automaticity, extended practice and motivation, AutoSkill solutions provide a universal mechanism for the development of permanent reading and math foundation skills. Students of all ages in a wide range of learning environments demonstrate significant progress with just 30 minutes of training a day, three to five days per week. For more information, visit http://www.autoskill.com.

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