Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces New Collection of Apps to Strengthen Literacy Skills for Today’s Mobile Learners

Boston — Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ (HMH®) today introduced a new collection of seven elementary grade-specific tablet apps (K-6). The Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment apps are available for download in the App Store℠ and on Google Play™. Designed for today’s increasingly mobile students, teachers and families, the apps provide engaging and fun literacy exercises and develop test-taking practice skills aligned to the ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment apps feature new reading passages and dynamic activities, and may be used independently or as a supplement to any reading program. Perfect for individuals or small groups, users will find a multitude of learning resources, including weekly practice and assessment reading passages that integrate Science and Social Studies topics. Texts are aligned to appropriate Lexile® levels and increase in complexity to support literacy growth. Engaging exercises reinforce key skills such as phonics, reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, while helpful corrective feedback strengthens test-taking strategies.

“As schools make the transition to Common Core-based learning, we’re proud to provide a resource that supports students as they reinforce the skills needed for success. With the apps, teachers can offer extra practice for their students, and families can strengthen young readers’ skills at home,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer and EVP of Corporate Affairs at HMH. “They are excellent tools that can be used anytime, anywhere, with any reading program.”

The apps provide authentic assessment practice for next generation tests like PARCC and SBAC by using tech-enhanced items, such as “drag and drop” and “tap to choose” that mirror the assessment formats. Additionally, real-time reports on student performance, including number of attempts and right or wrong answers, are easily accessible online through the app’s Teacher Resource Center.

Inspired by the pedagogy of Journeys Common Core, HMH’s celebrated literacy program, The Common Core Reading Practice and Assessment app is available for $1.99 per grade level in the App Store and on Google Play.  They join HMH’s large collection of digital offerings for learners of all ages, including the Curious About series, Collections 2015, iBooks® Textbooks, eTextbooks, and more. 


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