LAKEWOOD, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2007) – New research shows students can triple their expected reading gains in one school year through the use of Achieve3000´s differentiated instructional programs for reading and writing. The national study analyzed the Lexile® reading scores of thousands of students who had used Achieve3000´s KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000 during the 2005-06 school year.
A random sample of more than 5,000 students was selected from among the 500,000 students across the United States using KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000. Each student in the sample completed a LevelSet® pre- and post-test to assess their Lexile gains in non-fiction reading. To complete the analysis, researchers compared students´ actual and expected Lexile gains to examine the effect Achieve3000 had on students´ reading achievement.
Overall, the study concluded that the Achieve3000 programs have a significant effect on students´ non-fiction reading performance. A further examination of the frequency and quality of program use yields two significant findings. The study found that students who used the program once a week more than doubled their expected Lexile gains, and students who used the program twice a week more than tripled their gains. The analysis also revealed that students who scored higher on KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000 reading activities made significantly higher Lexile gains in reading. In fact, students who scored above 80 percent on average gained a full year more, than students whose average scores were below 80 percent.
"These findings highlight the need to provide students with level appropriate reading materials," said Saki Dodelson, Achieve3000´s chief executive officer. "By reaching students at the level where they learn best, this study demonstrates that Achieve3000 is an effective solution for accelerating the reading and writing skills of all students. By following the recommended best practices for KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000, students have the chance to triple their expected reading gains in just one year of learning with Achieve3000."
Achieve3000 offers Web-based instructional programs that improve reading and writing skills for students. Powered by a proprietary software engine, Achieve3000 programs deliver instructional content tailored to the reading and interest level of each student. The company´s programs use the Internet to deliver the same assignments and activities to the entire class, but each student receives the assignment customized to his or her reading level. Achieve3000´s two flagship products, KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000, are proven to accelerate reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills among students in grades 2-12.
Achieve3000, of Lakewood, N.J., delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12. Through its proprietary software engine, the company uses the Internet to provide each student with an appropriate version of the same content based on his or her reading level. The company´s products include KidBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 2-5) and TeenBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 6-12). For more information, visit http://www.achieve3000.com or phone 800-838-8771.
About Lexile Framework
The Lexile Framework® is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement that has become the most widely adopted reading measure in use today. Developed by MetaMetrics, beginning with a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in 1984, Lexile measures are the result of more than 20 years of ongoing research. This measure is unique because it measures text difficulty and reader ability on the same scale. This makes for an extremely effective matching of readers to texts. The Lexile Framework® has been linked to many national and state norm-referenced assessments, including the SAT-10, SAT-9, SDRT-4, MAT-8, TerraNova Assessment Series (CTBS/5 and CAT/6), and the Iowa Tests (ITBS and ITED), as well as many state tests. In 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) chose the Lexile Framework® as its own measure of text difficulty.