Headsprout Early Reading Program Renewed by Memphis City Schools for 1st Grade Students

August 24, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ – Headsprout today announced that Memphis City Schools, the 24th largest school district in the U.S., has once again selected Headsprout Early Reading for continued use by students in Kindergarten and First Grades, and with older students currently reading below a 2nd grade level.

Headsprout Early Reading is an online reading program developed by leading scientists using a patented development process that assures student outcomes. “Our scientific research is why we are able to give a performance guarantee. Headsprout Early Reading will get your students to mid-2nd grade level reading skills, or we give your money back,” states Dr. Joe Layng, Cofounder and Chief Scientist. The Memphis City Schools implementation involves 8,718 First Grade students in more than 500 classrooms across 112 Memphis elementary schools.

Kriner Cash, Ed.D., Superintendent of Memphis City Schools reasons “Headsprout Early Reading is a web based reading program that has been highly successful in raising the levels of reading performance for young children. This program will be used as a companion piece to the core basal instruction for students in first grade and Kindergarten or as an intervention for older students for the 2010-11 school year. All Title I elementary schools are participating in the site license.”

With a track record of proven reading results success in school districts across the country, the Headsprout Early Reading program dramatically improves phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, all vital to a reader’s success. Headsprout Early Reading offers a unique adaptive experience for each learner because its patented Sprout Learning Technology immediately adjusts to each student’s reading strengths and weaknesses. As the child proceeds through the lessons, the technology adapts to his/her individual performance, ensuring success for every student. Lessons average 20 minutes and are available from any Internet-connected computer with minimal training required for teachers. Children complete each lesson independently.

“We are thrilled to join Memphis City Schools in this long-term partnership in addressing the issue of illiteracy,” said Dave Anderson, Headsprout CEO. “We applaud their decision to purchase a product that will have long term benefits for the children of Memphis.”

About Headsprout

Headsprout was founded in 1999 by a team who has spent the last 30 years improving education for young children. Headsprout’s Sprout Learning Technology, which powers Headsprout Early Reading, provides a low-cost, easy-to-use instructional solution for reliably teaching fundamental literacy skills and Headsprout Reading Comprehension. Headsprout’s mission is to be a major force in helping eliminate illiteracy in young children in this country in this decade, by making its Sprout Learning Technology available for children everywhere through the Internet. Headsprout is a privately held company based in Seattle, WA. For more information about Headsprout, please visit their website at www.headsprout.com.



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