Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED® Test Provides Adult Learners with Powerful Digital Prep Tool

—Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the launch of a powerful hybrid test preparation tool to support adult learners as they study for the highly anticipated new GED test series. Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED® Test, a collaboration between HMH and work-readiness, academic and life-skills solution provider Paxen Learning Corporation, is one of the first to market and premier test prep solutions designed explicitly for the revised test, scheduled to launch in January 2014.

Rather than employing the traditional static, content-based approach of other prep programs, HMH’s Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED®; Test gets to the heart of the GED exam by emphasizing concepts and the development of essential reading and thinking skills, allowing learners to ascend quickly to more cognitively complex skills. Built upon curriculum developed by Paxen Learning, the accelerated methodology prepares students for the rigors of the new GED test series in a fraction of the time—usually a matter of only a few weeks.

HMH’s close alignment with the GED Testing Service means that Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED® Test materials reflect the 2014 GED series and correlate with Common Core State Standards. With digital courses available via HMH’s online learning platform, students can practice in an environment that mirrors the new computer-based test and take advantage of customizable lessons and performance reporting to aid in concept mastery. Student books, practice tests, assessment tools and instructor resources create a comprehensive suite of learning solutions that address the needs of all types of learners.

“HMH is thrilled to offer a GED prep program that produces results and provides new, improved academic and career opportunities for adult learners and quality training for their instructors,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, HMH. “Like Paxen Learning, HMH is a committed partner in lifelong learning, and our passion is evidenced in the high quality of the solutions we offer.”

“We are honored to partner with such a well-respected organization as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and are excited that Paxen-powered curriculum will reach even more learners,” added Herb Hilderley, CEO of Paxen Learning Corporation. “It’s an outstanding opportunity to influence more lives and provide learners with the essential skills and tools they need for academic and career success.”

To learn more, please visit www.hmhco.com/ged

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing people's lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

About Paxen Learning Corporation
Paxen Learning Corporation (www.paxen.com) specializes in developing and delivering outcome-based educational programs that build academic and employability skills for at-risk youths and adults. Each year, thousands graduate from Paxen programs on their journey toward meaningful employment. The company currently operates more than 30 programs in 10 states. Its clients and partners include the National Guard Bureau, the Florida and Hawaii National Guards, state Departments of Labor, local Workforce Investment Boards, Department of Defense, Department of Juvenile Justice, American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Home Builders Institute. The 25-year-old, privately held company is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.