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Pearson Unveils Get Ready to Read!-Revised

Posted Jan 11, 2010
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Pearson has announced the launch of Get Ready to Read!-Revised (Get Ready to Read!-R), an early literacy screening tool. Developed by Grover Whitehurst, Ph.D., and Christopher Lonigan, Ph.D., for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) ( and now supported by norm-referenced standardized scores, this research-based screening tool will give early childhood educators and clinicians the information that they need to put young learners on the path to building a firm foundation in literacy skills, according to the Pearson announcement.

Get Ready to Read!-R takes 10-15 minutes per child to administer and is designed for use with children ages 3-5 years. The screening tool's 25 questions help identify what step, on a four-step continuum, a child has reached on the path to becoming a successful reader. The visual and auditory questions allow young learners to demonstrate their skills in print and book knowledge; phonological awareness; and phonics. The screening includes stimulus pictures included for both English- and Spanish-speaking children that come in a single presentation easel, designed to be durable under hard use in a preschool classroom. In addition, new items to the screening tool will help preschool educators and clinicians identify high-achieving children.

The enhanced Get Ready to Read!-R also includes tools for helping students who need extra assistance developing literacy skills with skill building activities and resources and a wide selection of educational activities, including interactive video games, on NCLD's early literacy website,

Source: Pearson Assessment & Information Group,

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