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About Read 180

About Read 180

READ 180 is a reading intervention program that provides individualized instruction to meet each student’s reading needs. The technology collects data based on individual responses and adjusts instruction to meet each students’ needs at their level, accelerating their path to reading mastery. 

What is it?  How does it work?

Read 180® is a computer-supported program focused on building the reading fluency and comprehension of struggling secondary readers. The prototype was developed by Dr. Ted Hasselbring and the  Peabody Learning Lab at Vanderbilt University with Orange Country, Florida middle school readers.  Scholastic Books adapted the program and made it available in 1999. There are five major components.

1.  Instructional Reading
Students read leveled, content area passages. First, they view a video clip on CD-ROM to build relevant background knowledge. Students may select a Spanish preview of the video. Skills lessons include word recognition, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. During reading, students can double click on any word to access a Spanish translation.

2.  Modeled Reading

A peer coach on audio/CD,  models fluent reading as students follow along in the text.

3.  Independent Reading

Students independently read from paperback books written to appropriate levels of readability. 

4.  Teacher-directed Instruction

Students and teachers interact daily through whole group and individualized instruction. Lessons include reading comprehension, word study, vocabulary, and writing.

5.  Assessment

Read 180®utilizes the Lexile Reading Framework. Rather than 
yielding grade level or norm-referenced scores, this tool describes the 
difficulty of reading material in terms of "lexiles." It assesses the level of 
text difficulty that a student likely to comprehend.  A computer management 
system tracks student performance on lesson quizzes.