May 10, 2016 – Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)  announced the 15 winners of the national 2016 180 Student Awards, which recognize students who have made tremendous gains in their reading and math achievement using READ 180, MATH 180 and System 44, intervention programs that use adaptive technology to personalize instruction for students and accelerate growth. Each of this year’s winners has excelled in their respective programs, overcoming significant obstacles to attain reading and math proficiency and turning their academic careers around.  “Our winners range in age, background and location, but they share many of the challenges faced by students across the country when it comes to achieving academic success,” said Margery Mayer, EVP, Intervention Solutions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “Their determination to succeed in the face of often overwhelming obstacles – what researchers call ‘grit’ – and the support and dedication of their teachers serve as great models as we look to help our students learn, grow, and take on new challenges both in and beyond the classroom.”

The 180 Student Award winners were selected based on teacher recommendations, student statements and data demonstrating reading or math growth according to Lexile™ or Quantile™ frameworks respectively, validated measures used across the country to measure student progress. Each winner will each receive a $1,000 prize to be used towards furthering her or his education, while the student’s school district will receive $1,000 worth of HMH educational materials for use in classrooms.

For READ 180:
Jocelyn Contreras, Grade 4, Age 11, LaBelle Elementary School, Marietta, Georgia. Jocelyn is the oldest of five children and lives in a home where English is not spoken. Despite this challenge, Jocelyn has grown her English language skills, increasing her Lexile scores by 616 points. According to her teacher, she “never gives up” and wants to go to college to become a doctor.

Diane Rice, Supervisor
Personalized Learning Programs

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