Literacy publisher Benchmark Education wins top industry award for its leveled books in Spanish

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Literacy Publisher Benchmark Education Company announced that the company’s new leveled book set for schools, Spanish Readers’ and Writers’ Genre Workshop, won a prestigious industry award. The award is the PreK-12 Learning Group of the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Distinguished Achievement Award for 2013 in the ESL/ELL Supplemental Resources category.

Spanish Readers’ and Writers’ Genre Workshop for grades 3 to 8+ helps older students who are Spanish speakers to meet Common Core standards for reading literature and informational texts. These leveled books in print improve students’ comprehension of diverse genres, teach them to analyze and respond to text, and expand their ability to write in Spanish. These books and other Benchmark products are available now through Benchmark Education online at or by calling 877-236-2465.

AAP’s Distinguished Achievement Award honors the best in a range of product types and resources used by teachers, parents, and students and is recognized throughout the industry as a sign of excellence. The highly competitive competition utilizes educators and education professionals in three rounds of in-depth evaluation.

“We are very proud that our Spanish Readers’ and Writers’ Genre Workshop has won the Distinguished Achievement Award,” said Tom Reycraft, president of Benchmark Education Company. “This series of precisely leveled books is ideally suited to introduce informational, persuasive and narrative genres and help struggling students meet the new standards for literacy, language and content.”

“What also sets our Spanish resources apart is the fact that our texts are not word-for-word translations but carefully adapted books that reflect fluid, natural Spanish,” continued Reycraft. Benchmark Education has one of the largest collections of Spanish leveled resources in the K-12 publishing industry.

About Benchmark Education: Headquartered in Pelham, NY, Benchmark Education Company is a leading publisher of K–12 core, supplemental, and intervention literacy resources in English and Spanish. These resources are supported by instructional technology solutions as well as on-site and online customized professional development training for teachers and administrators. Benchmark Education’s print and online resources are differentiated to support all learners in all settings and are research-based and proven. In addition to extensive educational use in the USA, they are also used in schools and training centers in the Middle East, Canada, South America, and Asia.