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A host of Reading First vendors are supplying educators with tools to advance student literacy.

MAKER: COMPASSLEARNING  
CONTACT INFO: 800-232-9556; www.compasslearning.com
CONTENT:

Odyssey Reading/Language Arts is a comprehensive standards-based, browser-based solution for grades pre-K through 8,helping educators provide a balanced approach to literacy.

MAKER: HEADSPROUT Product Watch
CONTACT INFO: 206-329-3660; www.headsprout.com
CONTENT:

Reading Basics and Reading Independence programs combine scientifically supported, patented instruction with engaging animation.

MAKER: PEARSON DIGITAL LEARNING Product Watch
CONTACT INFO: 888-977-7900; www.pearsondigital.com
CONTENT:

The Waterford Early Reading Program connects motivating software, continual assessment,classroom lessons,and a full set of student take-home materials to present explicit and systematic instruction in Reading First’s five essential reading components.

MAKER: PLATO LEARNING  
CONTACT INFO: 800-447-5286 (44-PLATO) ; www.plato.com
CONTENT:

Achieve Now Reading/Language Arts is a K-8 reading/language arts program that includes curriculum CDs,learning activities,student assessment,and teacher support materials. Plato’s Focus is an early reading and listening instruction system that teaches kids how to connect sounds with their corresponding symbols in clearly defined sequences.

MAKER: RENAISSANCE LEARNING Product Watch
CONTACT INFO: 800-656-6740; www.renlearn.com
CONTENT:

Offers a number of programs that can be used as part of Reading First, including Star Early Literacy,a computer-adaptive assessment that helps identify students’ command of key early literacy skills.

MAKER: RIVERDEEP Product Watch
CONTACT INFO: 415-659-2000; www.riverdeep.net
CONTENT:

Provides a variety of reading programs,including Destination Reading Course II,which focuses on building fluency and comprehension to effectively guide students from second to third grade.

MAKER: SCIENTIFIC LEARNING  
CONTACT INFO: 888-665-9707; www.scilearn.com
CONTENT:

Fast ForWord Language Basics software delivers a series of computer-delivered exercises for children 4 to 6 years old that use fun activities to develop the basic skills necessary for language and reading development.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2006 issue of THE Journal.

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