AutoSkill Honored as Finalist in Two Categories of Software & Information Industry Association's 2009 CODiE Awards

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Response to Intervention Package Recognized in Best K-12 Instructional Solution, Best Instructional Solution for Special Needs Students Categories

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In just its first year of availability, this solution is helping to put thousands of struggling learners on the path to academic success. We are pleased to add this recognition from the technology industry to our RtI package's growing list of honors.

AutoSkill International's RtI (Response to Intervention) Package for the Academy of READING® has been named a finalist in two categories of the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards. The RtI Package is honored in the Best K-12 Instructional Solution and Best Instructional Solution for Special Needs Students categories.

The company's solution is the first reading RtI product to deliver oral fluency assessments over the Web and combine an RtI management tool with an intervention program and professional development. When used with the award-winning Academy of READING intervention solution, the RtI Package gives schools a single, Web-based environment for fully supporting the RtI model.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries. Through a unique combination of journalist and expert peer review, the CODiE Awards recognize 71 categories of outstanding products and services. The 2009 finalists were chosen from more than 850 nominations submitted by 600 companies.

"The competition is particularly steep this year during the 24th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards, making selection as a CODiE finalist a real achievement," said Ken Wasch, president, SIIA. "All the companies on this year's list of CODiE finalists should feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment in making it to this stage, and have much excitement to look forward to regarding the upcoming CODiE Awards voting."

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. According to the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities, the RtI model is most effective when it includes six components: school-wide screening, research-based progress monitoring, fidelity of implementation, data-based decision-making, staff development and collaboration. 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 interventions to students. Plus, they are faced with the challenge of ensuring that all teachers have access to quality, targeted 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 ready access to scientifically based intervention connected to Web-based assessments, progress-monitoring and collaboration tools, as well as professional development and support resources.

"We developed the RtI Package for the Academy of READING to put all of the tools for effectively implementing the RtI model at educators' fingertips," said Susan Koch, vice president of marketing, AutoSkill International. "In just its first year of availability, this solution is helping to put thousands of struggling learners on the path to academic success. We are pleased to add this recognition from the technology industry to our RtI package's growing list of honors."

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 Benchmark Assessment allows teachers to assess student fluency and is available for unlimited use with all students as a universal assessment. Teachers can 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.

In the next step of the CODiE Awards process, SIIA members vote to determine the winners in each category. The 2009 CODiE Awards will be presented at a gala event on May 5 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. For a complete list of the 2009 CODiE Award finalists, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2009/finalist_list.asp.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit http://www.siia.net.

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 helps 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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