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Ten Leading Reading and Assessment Experts to Be Featured at 2005 Lexile National Reading Conference; Early Bird Registration Available Through May 2.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Ten internationally recognized experts on reading and assessment will be featured at the 2005 Lexile National Reading Conference: "Differentiating Instruction in a Standards-Based World." The Lexile Framework(R) for Reading announced today that deeply discounted early bird registration for the August 8-10 conference in Research Triangle Park, N.C. is available through May 2.

Building on the success of the 2004 inaugural conference, this three-day conference will focus on linking reading assessment and instruction across the curriculum and grade levels. In addition to presentations from leaders in the reading and assessment world, the conference agenda will include panel discussions and presentations by practitioners on using Lexiles in the classroom. The exhibits will feature companies that focus on reading and assessment.

"We are excited to invite educators from across the country to come to North Carolina and learn more about how to help students build literacy skills from this outstanding group of reading and assessment experts," said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., president, MetaMetrics, developer of The Lexile Framework for Reading. "It will be an unprecedented opportunity to learn new strategies for tying assessment to instruction at all grade levels."

Featured speakers include:

--Gregory J. Cizek is professor of educational measurement and evaluation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research areas include standard setting, testing policy, classroom assessment and cheating on tests.

--Roland Good is an associate professor at the University of Oregon who teaches measurement, statistics, and research design courses at the graduate level, and conducts research on "Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills" (DIBELS). Good was co-principal investigator for the Early Childhood Research Institute on Measuring Growth and Development, and a member of the Secretary's Reading Leadership Academy, Assessment Committee.

--Lou Fabrizio is the director of accountability services for the North Carolina Department of Education. He oversees the state's ABC Accountability Program, the statewide testing program and development and implementation of the state's accountability and assessment plans for No Child Left Behind.

--Elfrieda Hierbert is a visiting research professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in the field of early reading acquisition for 35 years and has published more than 100 articles and chapters on how instructional and assessment practices influence literacy acquisition, especially among low-income children.

--Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning author of more than 70 books for children such as "Seven Spools of Thread," "Picking Peas for a Penny," "Dancing with the Indians," "Pappa's New Pants," "The Zebra Riding Cowboy" and "Rum-A-Tum-Tum." Named "one of the most influential writers of children's literature in Texas," by "Texas Monthly Magazine," Medearis' desire to write books for children was the result of working with second-graders who had difficulty reading.

--Quality Quinn is an author and international literacy consultant serving school districts, state departments of education, foundations, educational publishers and high-tech companies. Most recently she has served as an educational consultant to the Texas Education Agency, LeapFrog School House, Blue Arrow Multimedia, Steck-Vaughn and Scholastic Publishing Companies.

--Ann Schulte is a psychologist specializing in learning disabilities and is currently a professor at North Carolina State University. Two of her research interests are improving school services for students with disabilities and understanding the challenges schools face when including children with disabilities in large scale testing and accountability programs.

--Timothy Shanahan is a professor of urban education, director of the Center for Literacy and coordinator of graduate programs in reading, writing and literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An internationally recognized reading researcher with extensive experience with children in Head Start, children with special needs, and children in inner-city schools, Shanahan is a member of the National Reading Panel.

--A. Jackson Stenner is chairman and chief executive officer of MetaMetrics Inc. and co-developer of The Lexile Framework for Reading. He has published widely on statistical and evaluation methodology and was a co-principal investigator on the development of The Quantile Framework(R) for Mathematics.

--Gary Williamson is a senior research associate at MetaMetrics with more than 30 years of experience in educational research on the academic, state and school district levels. His specialty is quantitative methodology including psychometric, mathematical and statistical applications to educational data.

Educators can save $80 by registering before May 2. Early bird registration is $369 per person or $339 each for three or more educators from the same school district. Regular registration rates are $449 per person or $419 each for three or more educators from the same school district.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. Special conference room rates are available.

To register or for more information, visit or call 1-888-LEXILES, ext. 3416.

About The Lexile Framework for Reading

The Lexile Framework for Reading ( provides a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of progress. Lexile measures give teachers and parents the confidence to choose materials that will improve student reading skills across the curriculum and at home. Tens of thousands of books and tens of millions of articles have Lexile measures, and all major standardized tests can report student reading scores in Lexiles. As the most widely adopted reading measure in use today, Lexiles are part of reading and testing programs at district, state and federal levels. The Lexile Framework was developed by MetaMetrics, an independent education company based in Durham, N.C., after 15 years of research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

MetaMetrics, Lexile, the Lexile symbol, Lexile Framework and Quantile Framework are trademarks or U.S. registered trademarks of MetaMetrics, Inc. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. (C) 2005 MetaMetrics Inc.
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