The highly valued endorsement represents a new level of achievement for the literacy development company.
North Salt Lake, UT—August 4, 2015
In June 2015, Reading Horizons received an official endorsement for its K–3 reading program, Reading Horizons Discovery™, from The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). Although Reading Horizons has long been known for creating effective programs to teach reading, the CASE endorsement is a highly valued achievement for the company, given the clout and reach of the CASE organization and the rigor of its standards.
As defined on CASE’s website, “The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.” The organization promotes the right of students “to a quality education which will enable them to develop to their maximum potential.”
To be endorsed by CASE, publishers must demonstrate that their products/programs satisfy “quality indicators” in seven different areas: marketability, feasibility, research base, field tested, product research, satisfaction and reputation, and enhancement of professional practice advocated by CASE. Reading Horizons “met or exceeded all of the criteria on the CASE Scoring Rubric,” receiving the maximum possible score in four of the seven areas.
The reasons for Reading Horizons’ success in special education settings are many. With its two different reading programs, Reading Horizons Discovery for students in grades K–3, and Reading Horizons Elevate™ for older students, the company is able to provide instructional materials and support to exceptional students of all ages. Each program is based on the same principles and method, using explicit, sequential phonics instruction to develop foundational reading skills. Students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or other learning differences particularly benefit from Reading Horizons' systematic, multisensory approach, which allows the brain to build and strengthen the neural pathways needed for processing words phonologically. The instructional flexibility of each program has been popular with teachers since it gives them the opportunity to choose between using direct instruction materials, software, or a blend of the two. Reading Horizons also helps ensure continuity and consistency between the regular classroom and intervention or special education in that all students learn the same reading skills and strategies but at a pace and depth that suits individual abilities.
To learn more about CASE, visit the following website: http://casecec.org/about/.
About Reading Horizons:
Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, teacher’s manuals, and interactive software that empower teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners. By learning the core of the Reading Horizons framework (The 42 Sounds of the Alphabet, Five Phonetic Skills, and Two Decoding Skills), students have all of the skills they need to read the vast majority of words in the English language. The Reading Horizons program is currently offered in over 10,000 schools across the country. Follow Reading Horizons at www.readinghorizons.com.