Read 180 is a 60-90 minute block
embedded in the ELA/history core at the sixth and seventh grade levels.
This program incorporates adaptive software, high interest literature,
and direct instruction in reading and writing. Currently 52 students
are enrolled in two Read 180 groups: one group in sixth grade and one
in seventh grade. Students work through the program with the motivation
of attaining successive levels of competency and improvement. As students
improve comprehension skills, their love of reading escalates. Read
180 is designed for students to work in small groups rotating through
three stations: computer instruction, independent reading, and teacher
directed instruction. Grants and donations have allowed us to design
one classroom specifically for Read 180. This room has a bank
of 12 computers, a comfortable area with couches and chairs for independent
reading, and a cluster of desks for small group instruction. Students
and parents sign a contract committing the student to after school tutorials
twice a week. Teachers and instructional aides have been trained in
Read 180 and maintain a high level of competency with periodic
Read 180 professional coaching.
2009 SRI results showed that the average
growth in lexile at both the 6th and 7th grade
levels was greater than 100. In the sixth and seventh grade the
Below Basic was reduced by 18% and 23% respectively.
This after-school program focuses on
reading expository text used in history, English and science.
Direct instruction in the 7th grade class will use Prentice
Hall Literature Reader’s Notebook.