Scholastic Education <http://www.scholastic.com/aboutscholastic/divisions/edu.htm> has introduced READ 180, the Enterprise Edition, the first major revision of the nationally recognized reading intervention program since it launched in 1999. READ 180, the Enterprise Edition delivers research-based reading instruction for students in grades 4 and above who struggle to read proficiently, and now offers a new teaching system and management tools. These enhancements reflect and incorporate recent evolutions in technology, school, and district requirements to demonstrate adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, and data gathered from successful implementations of READ 180.
To further support READ 180 educators, the Enterprise Edition now features the rBook, an engaging, interactive text that introduces students to skills and strategies in writing and vocabulary to further build reading comprehension. The rBook also provides a more explicit instructional path for whole and small group lessons, making it easier for new teachers to implement the program and for all READ 180 teachers to differentiate instruction based on students' progress and reading levels, according to the announcement. Additionally, the Enterprise Edition integrates professional development directly into the Teacher's Edition, helping teachers identify resources based on students' needs and learn best practices for teaching literacy to struggling readers.
The new technology platform in the READ 180 Enterprise Edition features the Scholastic Achievement Manager (SAM), a management system that continuously captures data on student performance and provides teachers and administrators with technology tools to manage student data, run reports, and locate resources. Using SAM, teachers can link directly from these reports to standards-aligned resources for differentiating instruction among the students in their class. SAM also supports more concurrent student users and allows educators to disaggregate student data by AYP groups and chart progress at the classroom, building, and district levels.
Additional features of READ 180, the Enterprise Edition, include support for English Language Learners in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Hmong, and Haitian Creole, as well as new paperback and audiobook titles that reflect student interests.
The program also incorporates ongoing professional development to help teachers become successful instructors of reading. READ 180: Best Practices for Reading Intervention, a course develop by Scholastic Red Professional Development, offers anytime, anywhere access to online videos of researchers, modeling of best practices, and research-based teaching strategies and resources to help raise reading achievement.
READ180 began as a collaborative effort between Vanderbilt University and the Orange County Public Schools in Florida. It has been proven effective in numerous large-scale validation studies in Phoenix, Arizona; Santa Rosa, Florida; Los Angeles; and Des Moines, Iowa, with further research ongoing in districts around the country, the announcement states.
More information on READ 180, the Enterprise Edition, is available at http://www.scholastic.com/read180.
Source: Scholastic, http://www.scholastic.com