After a pilot program was deemed successful, CPS has decided to roll out Read 180, Scholastic's adolescent remedial reading program, to a broader set of schools
According to the attached press release, CPS is going to implement it at 80 elementary schools and serve 8600 students. The expansion is based on a semester-long pilot at 48 elementary schools showing 30 percent of students improving by a year within just 12 weeks.
I'm going to try and get the list of schools and a copy of the evaluation report, but in the meantime I'm wondering whether any of you or your children have had to deal with Read 180 at your school and how it's gone. Does it help the kids who are behind, or is it just a boondoggle?
Update: Here's the list of schools that participated and are slated to join the expansion.
Launches Read 180 Program in 80 Elementary Schools
to improve reading skills of 6th-8th graders performing
below grade level
The Chicago Public Schools announced
today the launch of Read 180, a new literacy program designed to improve the
reading skills of 6-8th grade students reading below grade level.
The program aims to bring students up to grade level in time for their
transition to high school.
The district will roll-out the Read
180 program for 8600 students in 80 elementary schools during the 2009-2010
school year. CPS expects students enrolled in the program to gain up to two
years of reading skills by Spring 2010.
"As we work to close the
achievement gap, we are taking a close look at student performance in core
areas such as reading. This program specifically targets students who have
fallen behind and provides personalized instruction to help them get back on
track," said Ron Huberman, CPS chief executive officer.
The Read 180 program provides selected
students with intensive reading instruction for 90 minutes each day. Class
sizes are kept small at 15-20 students. During each reading class, students
rotate between small group instruction (5-7 students in each group),
computer-based practice and independent reading sessions.
Last semester, CPS implemented the
Read 180 pilot program at 48 schools and participating students made
significant gains. Nearly 30 percent of students increased reading levels by a full
year or more within 12 weeks, according to Lexile scores which determine
"After studying the data, we
believe this program can help our struggling students make significant progress
in reading within the next school year," Huberman added.
The Read 180 program is provided by
Scholastic, a leader in education publishing and curricula. For more
information on Read 180 visit: www.scholastic.com
Public Schools serves approximately 408,000 students in more than 650 schools.
It is the nation's third-largest school district. For more information on
CPS literacy programs visit: www.cps.edu
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