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Read XL

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Evidence of Effectiveness:

 

Read XL follows in the footsteps of Read 180, which was developed in collaboration with Vanderbilt University and piloted in Orange County, Florida schools for six years.† Actual implementation of Read XL was September 2000.† Anecdotal evidence supports the effectiveness of the program; hard evidence and data will be available Summer 2001.

 

Data from the six-year pilot study used to develop the Read XL program is as follows:

 

1996-97 Pilot Study

 

During the 1996-97 school year, a large-scale evaluation of the Read 180 program was undertaken.† The following data was collected from the Orange County Public School (OCPS) System in Orlando, Florida.† A total of 29 schools and 1,853 students are represented in the data set.

 

The Degrees of Reading Power Test was administered to all students using the Read 180 program.† The test was administered in the fall of 1996 and again in the Spring of 1997.† In classrooms where the program was implemented as designed, the students spent 20 to 30 minutes, three to four days each week on the program.† In addition, students were engaged in other literacy activities (e.g., self-selected reading; guided reading; literacy exploration; etc.).†

 

The following table shows DRP gain scores for students in the National DRP norming group, compared to students in grades 5 through 9 in the OCPS classes using the Read 180 program:

 

 

Grade

Time of Testing

 

n

National Means

OCPS Means

 

Difference

 

Closure

 

5

Fall

Spring

Gain

 

17

51.80

53.94

2.14

30.47

40.41

9.94

21.33

13.53

 

 

7.80

 

6

Fall

Spring

Gain

 

668

55.51

56.63

1.12

38.87

43.60

4.73

16.64

13.03

 

 

3.61

 

7

Fall

Spring

Gain

 

595

57.76

61.09

3.33

42.99

49.40

6.41

14.77

11.69

 

 

3.08

 

8

Fall

Spring

Gain

 

329

62.93

63.76

0.83

43.79

48.91

5.12

19.14

14.85

 

 

4.29

 

9

Fall

Spring

Gain

 

244

63.70

66.30

2.60

45.50

57.66

12.16

18.20

8.64

 

 

9.56

 

 

As the data show, in all cases the OCPS students made significantly larger gains than did the National norming group.† Even expecting that regression toward the mean would occur; the gains made by OCPS students are impressive.† For the 9th grade students, they began the year with DRP scores equivalent to the 4th grade National norming group.† These 9th grade students ended the 1996-97 school year at a level equivalent to the scores of the 7th grade National norming group.

 

Program Description:

 

Read XL is a new reading improvement program for struggling students in grades 6-8, who are reading one to three years below grade level.† Read XL provides students with high-interest language arts material and educators with a sound instructional curriculum that will raise reading levels and test scores while increasing student motivation to read.† According to Linda Koons, Executive Vice President, Scholastic Education Group, ďThe key to studentsí success with Read XL lies with the wide variety of high-interest text written at a level they can read and understand.† Using text that matches studentsí reading level makes it possible to then teach the vocabulary and comprehension skills needed to tackle reading tasks of increasing difficulty and complexity.Ē†

 

Read XL can be flexibly used in various language arts time blocks, allowing two-thirds of the class time devoted to instructional reading with the teacher and one-third of class time dedicated to independent reading.† This suggested format for language arts offers a sound ratio of instructional, modeled and independent reading to support all learning styles.

 

NOTE:† Read XL can be used to prevent students who are reading below grade level from falling even further behind and also as a transition program for students who are exiting intensive intervention programs, like Read 180.

 

For Students

 

Read XL provides engaging reading materials through Anthologies that motivate struggling readers with high-interest content in unique formats.† The Student Anthology, which includes plays, stories, articles, debates, and a real-world reading curriculum is designed to become increasingly more challenging as students progress through the program.† Read XL provides student practice books, shared reading titles and leveled text on CD-ROMS.† Paperback libraries and audiobooks are also included to support the independent reading portion of the program.†

 

For Teachers

 

Read XL provides instructional materials that address the literacy needs and individual learning styles of middle school students who are reading below grade level.† The Read XL Teacherís Guide provides lesson planners, skills and strategies for literacy instruction, language development activities, ESL skills and support, test preparation activities, reading reinforcement skills, assessment tests, and best-practices professional strategies for effective classroom instruction.†

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aspects of Reading

 

This program addresses the following aspects of reading:

 

         Phonemic AwarenessŁ

         Phonics Ł

         Fluency Ł

         Vocabulary Ł

         Comprehension Ł

         Motivation Ł

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Correlation to Nevada State Standards

 

Currently being completed.

 

Teacher Support:

 

Staff Development

 

On-Site Staff Development:† Fee-based training to be arranged between Scholastic and the participating school.

 


Equipment Requirements:

 

         Macintosh or Windows Student/Teacher Workstations

 

Costs:

 

Read XL can be purchased as a full program and/or components can be purchased individually.†

 

         Pupil Pack (includes Anthology, Set of 3 Shared Novels, Electronic Text Collection) - $56.95

         Teacherís Guide - $49.95

         Shared Novel Teacherís Guides (set of 3) - $12.95

         Test Preparation - $36.95

         Writing Test Preparation Book - $32.00

         Assessment - $19.95

         Practice Book - $14.95

         Teacherís Resource Kit (includes Student Anthology, Practice Book, Teacherís Guide, Electronic Text Collection, Assessment, Shared Novels and Teacherís Guides, Test Preparation) - $180.00

         Independent Reading Library (includes 12 titles, 5 copies each, and Teacherís Guide) - $230.00

         Audiobook Library Ė One library for grades 6-8 (Includes 6 titles, 4 copies of each- both print and cassette versions, and Teacherís Guide) - $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

For Information Contact:

 

††††† Northern Nevada††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Southern Nevada

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Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Phone:† (801) 463-4937

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Current Location in Nevada:

 

Clark County School District

Bridger Middle School

2505 N. Bruce Street

N. Las Vegas, NV 89030

Contact:† Jessie Phee

Phone:† (702) 799-7185