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NETTREKKER D.I. INCLUDES READABILITY RATINGS FOR WEBSITE.

With more than 14 million students estimated to have received a Lexile measure in the 2003-2004 school year alone, the Lexile Framework for Reading is the most widely adopted reading measure in use today. Because the use of online resources for learning has become an everyday occurrence, Thinkronize, Inc., the developer of the netTrekker suite of safe educational search products, has assigned readability ratings to its bank of online resources for the classroom. netTrekker d.i. is the first online search product to include readability ratings for websites.

The netTrekker d.i. safe Internet search engine, specifically designed to support differentiated instruction, provides educators with fast and easy access to more than 180,000 educator-selected, standards-based online resources. The search engine goes a step further by assigning each resource a readability measure based on Lexile ratings and eight other popular methods. Using the standards-based search results generated by netTrekker d.i., an educator can find grade level content at one of five reading levels match to a particular student's abilities.

"Our district is spending a lot of time and energy working with Lexile scores for differentiated instruction," said Lori Baird, Information Technology and Enrichment, School District #1 in Brighton, Wis. "netTrekker d.i. will make this process much easier because it allows us to search for resources by readability level and state standards, which is invaluable."

The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to reading measurement that matches readers to text. The Lexile Framework measures both reader ability and text difficulty on the same scale, called the Lexile scale. Using the Lexile scale a s a guide for assigning readability measures to the online resources in netTrekker d.i. gives educators the confidence to choose materials that will improve each student's reading skills.

The kind of differentiated instruction afforded by netTrekker d.i. is especially effective for schools serving at-risk populations. For instance, a teacher can use netTrekker d.i. to point students toward web sites written at one of five readability levels, ensuring that each student will get search results appropriate for his or her reading level. This process allows teachers to assign online activities on the same topic but at various levels of difficulty.

Houston Independent School District (HISD), the nation's seventh-largest district, with two large minority populations, has found netTrekker d.i. to be an ideal solution for serving the district's diverse, urban student body.

"The real power behind netTrekker d.i. is that for the first time our students are able to find information and resources at THEIR reading level. This is very powerful and significant in helping all HISD students achieve," said Jim Hundemer, manager, Library Services.

The readability feature within netTrekker d.i. further aids instruction of English Language Learners by making it possible for teachers to find content-appropriate web sites with high interest at lower readability levels.

Nearly 7 million students in 11,000 schools across the country are currently using the netTrekker d.i. search engine following its launch in Fall 2005. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Michigan Virtual University, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education, have partnered with Thinkronize to provide netTrekker d.i. access to educators statewide.

Districts wishing to preview the Internet search tool can contact Thinkronize at 877/517-1125 for a free trial. For more information, visit http://www.nettrekker.com/.

About the netTrekker Product Suite

The netTrekker product line includes educational search products for both the school (netTrekker classic and netTrekker d.i.) and consumer markets (netTrekker home). Unlike ordinary search engines, products from the netTrekker suite provide fast and easy access to only the best, pornography-free, educational resources from the entire Internet in a safe, organized, standards-aligned format. Using netTrekker search engines, educators, school librarians, students, and parents save valuable time because they are directed to relevant, reliable, educator-selected websites every time -- meaning less time spent on searching and more time focused on learning. For more information about the netTrekker suite, visit http://www.nettrekker.com/.

About Thinkronize

Thinkronize, an Internet developer of K-12 educational products, was founded in 1999 and grew out of a passion and commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with the Internet and standards-based online resources. The company's flagship product, netTrekker classic, was launched in October 2000 and has won 11 industry awards for excellence since its inception. Thinkronize currently serves nearly 7 million students in 48 states, including adoptions by key districts and states nationwide, making it one of the fastest growing companies in the education industry. In recent years, the company has expanded the netTrekker product line to include netTrekker d.i., designed for use in schools to help educators meet individual students' learning needs, and netTrekker home, available for purchase by parents whose district or school has not yet purchased a netTrekker school subscription.

Thinkronize can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.thinkronize.com/.

For more information, call 877/517-1125 or 513/731-4090.
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