TUCSON, AZ — May 28, 2014 — Learning A-Z, a division of Cambium Learning Group, Inc. [NASDAQ: ABCD], announced today that students in Utah have read more than 14,000,000 eBooks on Raz-Kids, the award-winning Learning A-Z website where students go to read. Raz-Kids is currently being used in nearly 20% of the elementary school classrooms in Utah, the highest percentage of any state in the Mountain West region.
"Raz-Kids has increased our students' exposure to informational texts and has helped them build fluency through the modeled practice and read-along feature," said Shanz Leonelli, Principal at Tooele, Utah's East Elementary and recipient of Utah's 2013 Instructional Leader of the Year Award. "Our upper grades love the use of the content literature in science and social studies. With its home availability, Raz-Kids is our foundation for summer reading as well." In fact, during winter break, students from Leonelli's district alone read more than 40,000 eBooks.
"Because Utah spends less per student than any other state, it is important for teachers and schools to get the most out of the money they spend. Raz-Kids is low-cost and gives each student access to more than a 1,200 books online or on mobile devices," explained Bob Holl, President and Co-Founder of Learning A-Z.
Although typically used with elementary school students, Marisa Lee, Program Coordinator for BYU's English Language Center, has found success using Raz-Kids with adult English language learners. Particularly helpful for fluency are the abilities for students to listen to the books and record themselves while reading.
Used in 165+ countries worldwide and the recipient of CODiE and EDDIE Awards in 2013, Raz-Kids has more than 4 million students using its website, with more than 2 billion books read to date. "What's happening in Utah is a great example of what we see happening around the world," said Bob Holl. "That's why so many teachers are turning to Raz-Kids — they need more than a traditional school library."
About Learning A-Z
Learning A-Z is a PreK-6 educational resource company specializing in online delivery of leveled readers and supplementary curriculum. Founded in 2002 to help teachers differentiate instruction and meet the unique needs of all students, Learning A-Z's resources are currently used in more than half of the districts in the U.S. and Canada and 165+ countries worldwide. Serving a wide range of student needs, including ELL/ESL, intervention, special education, and daily instruction, Learning A-Z includes: Reading A-Z, Raz-Kids, Science A-Z, Vocabulary A-Z, Writing A-Z, Headsprout Early Reading and Headsprout Reading Comprehension. Learning A-Z is a member of Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.learninga-z.com.
About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
Cambium Learning Group is an educational solutions and services company that leverages engaging, innovative technology to help all students reach their full potential. The company is composed of four business units: Voyager Sopris Learning, ExploreLearning, Learning A-Z, and Kurzweil Educational Systems. For more information, visit www.cambiumlearning.com.
John Jorgenson, VP, Marketing
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