+ “READ 180” Shows Promise for StrugglingTeens in Major Study

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Scholastic Education is a division of Scholastic, a global children’s publishing, education and media company; it provides learning solutions through research-based technology products and multimedia supplemental instructional materials.  

Scholastic’s READ 180,  a reading intervention program for older struggling readers, is based on scientifically proven principles.   It offers intensive intervention for students in grades 4 through 12 who are reading at least two years below proficient level. 

The individualized 90 minute reading instruction is data driven and teacher directed.  For whole and small groups, the leveled reading materials reflect students’ interests and age.

READ 180 is one of the most thoroughly researched and documented reading intervention programs available, and is currently in use in over 11,000 classrooms nationwide.  It is the result of a collaborative effort between Vanderbilt University and the Orange County Public Schools in Florida.

Response from numerous large-scale validation studies in Phoenix, Santa Rosa CA, Los Angeles, Des Moines and elsewhere show solid gains in student reading scores.  Go to www.scholastic.com/read180.

Major Study by FCRR and FSU

A study by the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University have just (November 2007) released the preliminary findings of the most rigorous randomized research study on effective reading intervention for underachieving high-school students.

Results indicate that students placed in the READ 180 program outperformed their peers in other reading intervention programs, as well as those in a  control group.

This study is of particular importance because it acts as a precursor to the much anticipated federal Striving Readers research on adolescent reading intervention, expected to be released by the US Department of Education in 2008.  The FCRR study is similar in design and structure to the Striving Readers research; it provides preliminary evidence supporting adolescent literacy intervention.

“Two-thirds of American 8th Graders are reading below grade level, and across America school districts are searching for a solution,” said Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.  “The data from the FCRR study is overwhelming — READ 180 is a treatment that works.  It is supported by teachers, principals and parents, and it has all the right components to drive even the hardest to reach struggling readers to succeed.”

In the study, students reading at Level 1 and 2 — below proficiency — on the FCAT in the 9th and 10th grade were selected to participate in the study. 

READ 180 Level 2 students achieved the highest gains: 35% higher than the control group and 79% higher than the other commercially available program in the study — substantially higher than their expected yearly gains.  Level 1 students were also successful, making larger than expected yearly gains on the FCAT.

A teacher at Lake Mary High School, Larry Lyon, said, “By the time kids reach 9th or 10th grade, if they are reading far below grade level, they rarely make amy gains in reading, and often they lose ground.  So the fact that these kids are achieving more than one year of reading growth with READ 180 is amazing. 

“They are gaining confidence in their work and in themselves, and that’s because of the program.  I’ve seen it work, I know it works for all the right reasons, and I feel that as an educator I can grow with it.”

Teacher Retention

And significantly, the study also pointed to READ 180 driving the highest level of teacher retention during the 2005-2006 year.

Retention rates among READ 180 teachers were 96% compared with 75% and 50% among teachers using the other intervention programs.  While teacher retention is a major challenge for school districts nationwide, the FCRR research proves that teachers who witness the success of the students are more likely to stay in the profession.  

source:  www.money.cnn.com   11/16/07

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