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KidBiz3000®, TeenBiz3000®, and Empower3000™:
The first Web-based, differentiated literacy solutions
that reach every student at his or her Lexile® level.
Powered by a proprietary software engine that distributes
grade–appropriate assignments to the entire
class, but tailors them according to each student’s
reading level, Achieve3000 Solutions enables teachers
to move their students up surely and steadily,
level by level.
These research–based solutions extend teachers’
reach without increasing workloads or time demands
and are proven to accelerate reading comprehension,
fluency, writing proficiency, vocabulary
development, and high-stakes test scores.

In a national study of elementary school students using KidBiz3000, students nearly doubled their expected growth
norms as measured in Lexiles.

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  • 1. districtsbelieveteachersbelievestudentsbelieveparentsbelieveNational Elementary SchoolLexile Study
  • 2. National Elementary School Lexile Study National Lexile Study Number of Schools 1,216 Number of Students 85,369Achieve3000 Solutions ®KidBiz3000®, TeenBiz3000®, and Empower3000™: These research–based solutions extend teachers’The first Web-based, differentiated literacy solutions reach without increasing workloads or time de-that reach every student at his or her Lexile® level. mands and are proven to accelerate reading com-Powered by a proprietary software engine that dis- prehension, fluency, writing proficiency, vocabularytributes grade–appropriate assignments to the entire development, and high-stakes test scores.class, but tailors them according to each student’sreading level, Achieve3000 Solutions enables teach-ers to move their students up surely and steadily,level by level.
  • 3. National Elementary School Lexile Study Executive Summary In a national study of elementary school students using KidBiz3000, students nearly doubled their expected growth norms as measured in Lexiles. Students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 59 pointsLexile Points ■ Key Findings • Students at all grade levels made significant gains • According to national data, elementary school English compared to gains expected with “normal” instruc- Language Learners made more than one-and-a-half tion, nearly doubling the expected growth norms. times their expected Lexile gains and gained an aver- age of 134 Lexile points. • Students reading two or more years below grade level at the beginning of the school year made gains of • The quality of the work and the number of reading nearly double the expected growth norms, effectively sessions that students submit on Achieve3000 closing the gap for the most struggling readers. are statistically significant predictors of their Lexile performance. • Students who completed at least two reading ses- sions per week made the highest Lexile gains on average, nearly two-and-a-half times the expected growth norms. 1
  • 4. National Elementary School Lexile Study Results that Count: Achieve3000 Increases Elementary School Student Performance at All Levels 2nd-grade students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 84 points Students across all elementary school gradeLexile Points levels and populations made significant gains in Lexile reading performance over and above the gains expected with regular instruction 2 3 4 5 Grades Methodology Lexile Measurement of Reading Growth: To determine the effects of KidBiz on the literacy de- developed in partnership with MetaMetrics™, delivers a velopment of students, Achieve3000 designed a study Lexile score for the student. The actual growth achieved measuring student Lexile growth with a pre- and a is compared to the expected yearly growth norms, a post-test using the LevelSet™ assessment. LevelSet, MetaMetrics calculation.1 ■ The Assessment Measure Developed by Achieve3000 in conjunction with Meta- to reading and text measurement that has become the Metrics Inc., LevelSet offers a scientific means of match- most widely adopted reading measure in use today. ing students to informational texts. Developed by MetaMetrics Inc., Lexile measures are the result of more than 20 years of ongoing research. LevelSet is administered up to three times yearly—an initial assessment to establish a baseline score (based A key advantage of the Lexile scale is that the Lexile on the Lexile Framework®) at the beginning of the school Framework measures both text and reader using the year, an interim assessment halfway through the school same scale. This means that the ability to comprehend year, and a post-assessment at the end of the school and the material being comprehended are being evalu- year—providing a summative measurement of student ated by the same criteria, lending it greater scientific progress. The Lexile Framework is a scientific approach validity. 2
  • 5. National Elementary School Lexile StudyClosing the Gap: Results with Our MostStruggling ReadersAccording to national data, elementary school students reading two or more years below grade level madenearly double the expected Lexile reading gains. Average Lexile gain of 195 points 240 94-point Lexile gain; this is nearly double the 180 expected Lexile growthLexile Points 120 60 0Struggling readers across all grade levels using KidBiz3000 made significant growth over and above thatexpected with normal instruction. 3rd-grade students exceeded their expected Lexile gains by 120 points Below-level readers across all elementary school grade levelsLexile Points and populations made significant gains in Lexile reading performance over and above the gains expected with regular instruction 2 3 4 5 Grades 3
  • 6. National Elementary School Lexile Study Closing the Gap: English Language Learners In a study of elementary school English Language Learners, students made more than one-and-a-half times the expected Lexile reading gains. Average Lexile gain of 134 points 49-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is more than one-and-a-Lexile Points half times the expected growth of 85 points Closing the Gap: Special Education Students In a study of elementary school Special Education students, students made more than one-and-a-half times the expected Lexile gains. Average Lexile gain of 134 points 50-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is more than one-and-a- Lexile Points half times the expected growth of 84 points 4
  • 7. National Elementary School Lexile StudyEffect of Frequency of Program Use on Lexile GainsNumber of Reading Sessions CompletedAchieve3000 found a statistically significant relationship between the number of reading sessions completedon Achieve3000 Solutions and student nonfiction Lexile/reading growth. Elementary School students whoused the program at least twice weekly made the highest Lexile gains, nearly two-and-a-half times theexpected growth norms.Frequency of Usage Results for Elementary School Students * The number of reading sessions that a student completes on Achieve3000 is a predictor of his or her Lexile performance gains. Students using program less Students using program at Students using program than once weekly: least once weekly: at least twice weekly: Average Lexile gain of 113 points Average Lexile gain of 146 points Average Lexile gain of 174 points 40-point Lexile gain above the average 73-point Lexile gain above the aver- 101-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is more than one- age expected growth; this is double the expected growth; this is nearly two-and- and-a-half times the expected growth expected growth a-half times the expected growthIn order to assess the effect of the frequency of use on student Lexile gains, Achieve3000 assigned students fromwithin its study to one of the following categories:•Group 1 (1–39): Fewer than 40 •Group 2 (40–79): 40-79 read- •Group 3 (80+): 80 or more read- reading sessions completed over ing sessions completed over the ing sessions completed over the the 10-month school year; fewer 10-month school year; between one 10-month school year; two or than one reading session weekly. and two reading sessions weekly. more reading sessions weekly. 5
  • 8. National Elementary School Lexile StudyEffect of Usage for Elementary SchoolEnglish Language Learners Students using program less than once weekly: Average Lexile gain of 118 points 33-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is nearly one-and- a-half times the expected growth Students using program at least once weekly: Average Lexile gain of 158 points 73-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is nearly double the expected growthEffect of Usage for Elementary SchoolSpecial Education Students Students using program less than once weekly: Average Lexile gain of 113 points 29-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is nearly one-and- a-half times the expected growth Students using program at least once weekly: Average Lexile gain of 153 points 69-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is nearly double the expected growth 6
  • 9. National Elementary School Lexile StudyEffect of Quality of Program Use on Lexile GainsReading Activity ScoresIn addition to analyzing the frequency of use, Achieve3000 also analyzed the quality of program use. Themultiple-choice activity is a critical component of the Five-Step Literacy Routine and is a simple indicator ofthe degree to which students are applying themselves to the program. This formative assessment allowsprogress monitoring of overall understanding of the text read.Quality of Usage Results for Elementary School Students To assess the effect of the quality of use on student Lexile gains, Achieve3000 assigned students from within its study to one of the following categories: •Group 1 (Less than 65% or greater than 90%): Students who averaged less than 65% or greater than 90% on the multiple-choice portion of the Five- Step Literacy Routine. •Group 2 (Between 65% and 90%, Students averaging less than Students averaging between inclusive): Students who averaged 65% or greater than 90%: 65% and 90%, inclusive: between 65% and 90%, inclusive, on the multiple-choice portion of the Five- Average Lexile gain of 104 points Average Lexile gain of 154 points Step Literacy Routine. A score within this range typically indicates that the student is applying himself to his work 31-point Lexile gain above the aver- 81-point Lexile gain above the aver- and reading in his instructional zone. age expected growth; this is nearly age expected growth; this is more Achieve3000 recommends that teach- one-and-a-half times the expected than double the expected growth ers monitor student scores to ensure growth performance in this range. 7
  • 10. National Elementary School Lexile StudyEffect of Quality of Program Use on ElementarySchool English Language Learners Students averaging less than 65% or greater than 90%: Average Lexile gain of 112 points 27-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is nearly one-and- a-half times the expected growth Students averaging between 65% and 90%, inclusive: Average Lexile gain of 182 points 97-point Lexile gain above the aver- age expected growth; this is more than double the expected growthEffect of Quality of Program Use on ElementarySchool Special Education Students averaging less than 65% or greater than 90%: Average Lexile gain of 126 points 42-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is one-and-a-half times the expected growth Students averaging between 65% and 90%, inclusive: Average Lexile gain of 143 points 59-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is more than one- and-a-half times the expected growth 8
  • 11. National Elementary School Lexile StudyReading Connections:Explicit Reading Comprehension StrategyInstruction and ApplicationAchieve3000 provides explicit instruction on the seven key comprehension strategies for informational text.Two new features of the program, the Lesson Plans and the Reading Connections, help address this need.The Lesson Plans that provide this direct, explicit instruction are available within the Learning Center, andone lesson plan is always attached to the daily article. Within each article, students are encouraged to ap-ply the strategies of summarization and generating questions.Reading Connections Results for Elementary School Students■ Key Findings:• Students completing at least one Reading Connections article per week over the course of the school year aver- aged Lexile gains of 139 points, nearly double the expected growth. 9
  • 12. National Elementary School Lexile Study Graded Thought Questions: The Reading-Writing Connection Research shows a direct connection between reading and writing. Writing instruction helps improve read- ing comprehension. The Thought Question is the fourth step in the Five-Step Literacy Routine and pur- posefully engages students in a formal writing process that allows them to apply knowledge they have acquired and express their thoughts through writing. Thought Questions Results for All Elementary School StudentsLexile Points ■ Key Findings: • Students who completed fewer than one Thought • Students who completed at least two Thought Ques- Question per week averaged gains of 128 Lexile tions per week averaged Lexile gains of 168 Lexile points, nearly double the expected Lexile growth. points, nearly two-and-a-half times the expected Lexile growth. • Students who completed between one and two Thought Questions per week averaged Lexile gains • Completing Thought Questions is associated with of 150 Lexile points, more than double the expected significant gains in Lexile reading scores, with students Lexile growth. completing two or more per week outperforming students completing fewer than one per week by 40 Lexile points. 10
  • 13. National Elementary School Lexile StudyAfter School UsageResearch on adolescent literacy suggests that the amount of reading students do during out-of-schoolhours is an accurate predictor of their in-school academic achievement. If after-school programs can mo-tivate young people to read more and explore their interests through reading, this research suggests thatacademic performance will improve. 77% of Achieve3000 Elementary Schools elementary school After School Usage students across the nation logged in after 77% school hours. These students logged in 1,201,792 times after school during the 2009-2010 school year. 11
  • 14. National Elementary School Lexile StudyEndnotes:¹ Normal Growth—Using MetaMetrics’ findings on growth norms to calculate the expected monthly growthexpected yearly growth norms, Achieve3000 calculated for a student at that reading level. Achieve3000 thenthe expected Lexile gain for each student. This calcula- multiplied the expected monthly growth by the numbertion was based on the length of time from the student’s of months the student spent on the program to arrive atpre- to post-test as well as the student’s initial reading an “expected Lexile gain” score for each student.level. Achieve3000 first used MetaMetrics’ expectedAppendixReferring to Page 5: Effect of Frequency of Program Use on Lexile GainsWhen a comparison of means was performed between group (p = .05). An analysis of variance (ANOVA) wasthe three usage categories (1–39, 40-79, 80+), a sta- performed to compare the group means.tistically significant difference was found between eachANOVA – Lexile Gains Sum of Mean df F Sig. Squares Square Between Groups 44295224 2 22147612.20 871.825 .000 Within Groups 2.2E+009 85366 25403.735 Total 2.2E+009 85368A Bonferroni post-hoc test found that all three groups were statistically significantly different from each other (see below).Bonferroni Test - Multiple ComparisonsDependent Variable: Actual Lexile Gain 95% Confidence Interval (I) Overall Reading (J) Overall Reading Mean Differ- Std. Error Sig. Sessions Sessions Groups ence (I-J) Lower Bound Upper Bound 40-79 -33.205(*) 1.245 .000 -36.19 -30.22 1–39 80+ -60.840(*) 1.598 .000 -64.67 -57.02 1-39 33.205(*) 1.245 .000 30.22 36.19 40–79 80+ -27.636(*) 1.744 .000 -31.81 -23.46 1-39 60.840(*) 1.598 .000 57.02 64.67 80+ 40-79 27.636(*) 1.744 .000 23.46 31.81* The mean difference is significant at the .05 level. 12
  • 15. National Elementary School Lexile StudyReferring to Page 7: Effect of Quality of Program Use on Lexile GainsWhen a comparison of means was performed between groups (p = .05). The students who averaged betweenthe two usage categories (less than 65% or greater 65% and 90%, inclusive, on their activities made signifi-than 90%; between 65% and 90%, inclusive) a statisti- cantly higher Lexile gains.cally significant difference was found between the usageIndependent Samples Test – Lexile Gains t-test for Equality of Means Sig. Mean Dif- Std. Error 95% Confidence Inter- t df (2-tailed) ference Difference val of the Difference Equal variances -45.885 85367 .000 -50.257 1.095 -52.403 -48.110 assumed Equal variances -46.409 84260.917 .000 -50.257 1.083 -52.379 -48.134 not assumedGroup Statistics Average Std. Error N Mean Std. Deviation Activity Score Mean Actual Lexile Less than 65% or 38031 103.91 149.691 768 Gain greater than 90% Between 65% and 47338 154.16 166.195 .764 90%, inclusive 13
  • 16. To learn more about Achieve3000and its proven solutions,call 888-968-6822or e-mail office@achieve3000.com