System 44

What is it?

A foundational reading program that helps students who never mastered basic phonics and decoding skills to learn the 44 sounds and 26 letters of the English language, and get back on track as readers and learners.

Who's it for?

Older struggling readers in Grades 3-12

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Tyler Reed
(212) 343-6427

In the news

Hearing-Impaired Bronx Boy Wins Reading Award, Scholarship
New York Daily News


A Conversation With Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams

A Conversation With Dr. Ted Hasselbring

"When a student is in the 3rd, 7th or even 10th grade and continues to struggle with reading basics, schools don’t have time to waste. They need to provide intensive, engaging instruction that targets kids where they are and gets them to where they need to be—quickly."

—Margery Mayer, President, Scholastic Education

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What is System44™?

  • Research-based phonics instruction that invites students to crack the code and master the 44 sounds and 26 letters that make up the English language.
  • Highly motivating and age-appropriate adaptive technology
  • Direct personalized instruction to older students who struggle with foundational reading skills
  • The new Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI), a unique, technology-based assessment—the first of its kind—to help identify students who lack basic phonics skills


System 44 Authorship Team

Interview: Dr Marilyn Jager Adams

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Interview: Dr. Ted Hasselbring

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