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The results of a nationwide, year-long study that looked at the achievement of more than 54,000 students in 2,426 schools showed that students using Achieve3000®’s KidBiz3000®, TeenBiz3000® or ...

The results of a nationwide, year-long study that looked at the achievement of more than 54,000 students in 2,426 schools showed that students using Achieve3000®’s KidBiz3000®, TeenBiz3000® or Empower3000™ solutions more than doubled their expected Lexile growth.

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  • 1. districtsbelieveteachersbelievestudentsbelieveparentsbelieveNational Lexile Study
  • 2. National Lexile Study National Lexile Study Number of States 43, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico Number of Districts 518 Number of Schools 2,426 Number of Students 225,819 Number of HS Students 54,158 students in 700 schools Number of MS Students 86,292 students in 1,224 schools Number of ES Students 85,369 students in 1,216 schoolsAchieve3000 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 Lexile Study Executive Summary KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000, and Empower3000 students more than doubled their expected growth norms as measured by Lexiles. Students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 55 pointsLexile Points ■ Key Findings • Students at all grade levels made significant gains • English Language Learners made nearly two-and-a- compared to gains expected with “normal” instruc- half times the expected growth norms and gained an tion, more than doubling the expected growth norms. average of 188 Lexile points. • Students reading two or more years below grade level • The quality of the work and the number of reading at the beginning of the school year more than doubled sessions that students submit on Achieve3000 the expected growth norms, effectively closing the are statistically significant predictors of their Lexile gap for the most struggling readers. performance. • Students who completed at least two reading ses- sions per week made the highest Lexile gains on av- erage, more than two-and-a-half times the expected growth norms. 1
  • 4. National Lexile Study National Elementary School Results Elementary school students nearly doubled their expected growth norms in reading performance as measured by Lexiles. Students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 59 points.Lexile Points National Middle School Results Middle school students nearly doubled their expected growth norms in reading performance as measured by Lexiles. Students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 43 pointsLexile Points 2
  • 5. National Lexile StudyNational High School ResultsHigh school students more than tripled their expected growth norms in reading performance asmeasured by Lexiles. Students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 59 points.Lexile Points Results that Count: Achieve3000 Increases Student Performance Across the Grades Methodology Lexile Measurement of Reading Growth: To determine the effects of KidBiz®, TeenBiz®, and assessment. LevelSet, developed in partnership with Empower™ on the literacy development of students, MetaMetrics™, delivers a Lexile score for the student. Achieve3000 designed a study measuring student Lexile The actual growth achieved is compared to the expected growth with a pre- and a post-test using the LevelSet™ yearly growth norms, a MetaMetrics calculation.1 3
  • 6. National Lexile Study Elementary School Results by Grade Level 2nd-grade students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 84 points Students across all elementary school grade levels and populationsLexile Points made significant gains in Lexile reading performance over and above the gains expected with regular instruction 2 3 4 5 Grades Middle School Results by Grade Level 6th-grade students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 47 points Students across all middle school grade levels and populations made significant gains in Lexile reading performance over and above the gains expected with regular instruction 4
  • 7. National Lexile Study High School Results by Grade Level 9th-grade students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by 71 points Students across all high school grade levels and populations madeLexile Points significant gains in Lexile reading performance over and above the gains expected with regular instruction 9 10 11 12 Grades ■ 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. 5
  • 8. National Lexile StudyClosing the Gap: Results forOur Most Struggling ReadersStudents reading two or more years below grade level made more than double the expected Lexilereading gains. Below-Level Readers using KidBiz, TeenBiz, and Empower had an average Lexile gain of 137 pointsLexile Points Students across all elementary school grade levels and populations made significant gains in Lexile reading performance over and above the gains expected with regular instructionStruggling readers across the elementary grade levels using KidBiz3000 made significant growth over andabove that expected with normal instruction. 2nd- and 3rd-grade students more than doubled their expected Lexile gains in one school year.Lexile Points 2 3 4 5 Grades 6
  • 9. National Lexile Study All middle school grades nearly doubled their “expected” Lexile gains in oneLexile Points school year. 6 7 8 Grades Struggling readers across the elementary grade levels using KidBiz3000 made significant growth over and above that expected with normal instruction. 10th- and 11th-grade students made nearly three-and-a-half times their “expected” Lexile gains in one school year.Lexile Points 9 10 11 12 Grades 7
  • 10. National 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. Students who used the program atleast twice weekly made the highest Lexile gains, more than two-and-a-half times the expected growthnorms. These findings were consistent with all students, regardless of grade level.Frequency of Usage Results for ALL Students * The number of reading ses- sions that a student com- pletes 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 94 points Average Lexile gain of 121 points Average Lexile gain of 146 points 40-point Lexile gain above the average 67-point Lexile gain above the aver- 92-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is more than one- age expected growth; this is more than expected growth; this is more than two- and-a-half times the expected growth double the expected growth and-a-half times the expected growth 8
  • 11. National 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 of thedegree to which students are applying themselves to the program. This formative assessment allows progressmonitoring of overall understanding of the text read.Quality Usage Results for ALL Students Students averaging less than Students averaging between 65% or greater than 90%: 65% and 90%, inclusive: Average Lexile gain of 87 points Average Lexile gain of 127 points 33-point Lexile gain above the average 73-point Lexile gain above the average ex- expected growth; this is more than one- pected growth; this is nearly two-and-a-half and-a-half times the expected growth times the expected growth 9
  • 12. National Lexile StudyReading Connections: Explicit ReadingComprehension Strategy Instructionand ApplicationAchieve3000 provides explicit instruction on the seven key comprehension strategies for informational text.Two features of the program, the Lesson Plans and the Reading Connections, help address this need. TheLesson Plans that provide this direct, explicit instruction are available within the Learning Center, and oneLesson Plan is always attached to the daily article. Within each article, students are encouraged to apply thestrategies of summarization, generating questions, and setting the purpose.Reading Connections Results Students completing 40 or more Reading Connections over the 150 course of the school year averaged Lexile gains of 124 points, nearly two-and-a-halfLexile Points 100 times the expected growth. 50 0 10
  • 13. National Lexile StudyGraded Thought Questions:The Reading-Writing ConnectionResearch 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 haveacquired and express their thoughts through writing.Graded Thought Questions 160 120Lexile Points 80 40 0■ Key Findings• Students who completed fewer than one Thought • Students who completed two or more Thought Ques- Question per week averaged gains of 106 Lexile tions per week averaged Lexile gains of 145 Lexile points, nearly double the average expected Lexile points, more than two-and-a-half times the average gain. expected Lexile gain.• Students who completed between one and two • Completing Thought Questions is associated with Thought Questions per week averaged Lexile gains significant gains in Lexile reading scores, with stu- of 127 Lexile points, nearly two-and-a-half times the dents completing two or more per week outperform- average expected Lexile gain. ing students completing less than one per week by 39 Lexile points. 11
  • 14. National Lexile Study Closing the Gap for English Language Learners According to a study of 18,767 English Language Learners using Achieve3000 Solutions, the actual Lexile gain of these students was nearly two-and-a-half times the expected growth norms. Lexile Gains of 188 Points Average Lexile gain of 188 points For ELL Students 200 109-point Lexile gain above Accelerated the average expected growth; Growth 188 this is nearly two-and-a-half 150 times the expected growth Lexile Points 100 Normal 50 Growth 79 0 250 High school level English 200 Language Learners exceededLexile Points their “expected” Lexile gains 150 by nearly three-and-a-half 100 times. 50 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Grades 12
  • 15. National Lexile StudyEffect of Frequency of Program Use on Lexile Gainsfor English Language Learners 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 170 points Average Lexile gain of 204 points Average Lexile gain of 218 points 91-point Lexile gain above the aver- 125-point Lexile gain above the average 139-point Lexile gain above the average age expected growth; this is more than expected growth; this is more than two- expected growth; this is nearly triple the double the expected growth and-a-half times the expected growth expected growth 13
  • 16. National Lexile StudyEffect of Quality of Program Use on Lexile Gainsfor English Language Learners Students averaging less than Students averaging between 65% or greater than 90%: 65% and 90%, inclusive: Average Lexile gain of 170 points Average Lexile gain of 229 points 91-point Lexile gain above the average ex- 150-point Lexile gain above the average pected growth; this is more than double the expected growth; this is nearly triple the expected growth expected growth 14
  • 17. National Lexile Study Closing the Gap for Special Education Students According to a study of 996 Special Education students using Achieve3000 Solutions, the actual Lexile gain of these students was more than one-and-a-half times the expected growth norms. Average Lexile gain of 116 points 44-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is more than one-and-a-half times the expected growth High school level Special Education students exceeded their “expected” Lexile gains by nearly doubleLexile Points 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Grades 15
  • 18. National Lexile StudyEffect of Frequency of Program Use on LexileGains for Special Education Students 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 98 points Average Lexile gain of 123 points Average Lexile gain of 166 points 26-point Lexile gain above the average 51-point Lexile gain above the average 94-point Lexile gain above the average expected growth; this is nearly one-and- expected growth; this is more than one- expected growth; this is nearly two-and- a-half times the expected growth and-a-half times the expected growth a-half times the expected growth 16
  • 19. National Lexile StudyEffect of Quality of Program Use on Lexile Gainsfor Special Education Students Students averaging less than Students averaging between 65% or greater than 90%: 65% and 90%, inclusive: Average Lexile gain of 107 points Average Lexile gain of 131 points 35-point Lexile gain above the average ex- 59-point Lexile gain above the average pected growth; this is one-and-a-half times expected growth; this is nearly double the the expected growth expected growth 17
  • 20. National Lexile StudyAfter School UsageResearch on adolescent literacy suggests that the amount of reading students do during out-of-school hours is an accurate predictor of their in-school academic achievement. If after-schoolprograms can motivate young people to read more and explore their interests through reading,this research suggests that academic performance will improve. 71% of Achieve3000 Nationwide students across the After School Usage nation logged in after school hours. 71% These students logged in 2,838,757 times after school during the 2009- 2010 school year. 77% of Achieve3000 elementary school Elementary Schools students across the After School Usage nation logged in 77% after school hours. These students logged in 1,201,792 times after school during the 2009- 2010 school year 18
  • 21. National Lexile Study 69% of Achieve3000 Middle Schools middle school After School Usage students across the nation logged in 69% after school hours. These students logged in 1,096,864 times after school during the 2009- 2010 school year 64% of Achieve3000 high school students High Schools across the nation After School Usage logged in after 64% school hours. These students logged in 540,101 times after school during the 2009-2010 school year. 19
  • 22. National 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 8: 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 76171418 2 38085709.00 1412.714 .000 Within Groups 6.1E+009 225816 26959.249 Total 6.2E+009 225818A Bonferroni post-hoc test found that all three groups were statistically significantly different from each other (see below).Bonferroni Test - Multiple Comparisons 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 -26.622(*) .777 .000 -28.48 -24.76 1–39 80+ -51.477(*) 1.074 .000 -54.05 -48.91 1-39 26.622(*) .777 .000 24.76 28.48 40–79 80+ -24.854(*) 1.158 .000 -27.63 -22.08 1-39 51.477(*) 1.074 .000 48.91 54.05 80+ 40-79 24.854(*) 1.158 .000 22.08 27.63* The mean difference is significant at the .05 level. 20
  • 23. National Lexile StudyReferring to Page 9: 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 -57.332 225817 .000 -39.731 .693 41.089 -38.373 assumed Equal variances -57.661 223129.2 .000 -39.731 .689 -41.081 -38.380 not assumedGroup Statistics Average Std. Error N Mean Std. Deviation Activity Score Mean Actual Lexile Less than 65% or 103047 87.32 158.113 .493 Gain greater than 90% Between 65% and 122772 127.05 168.831 .482 90%, inclusive 21
  • 24. To learn more about Achieve3000and its proven solutions,call 888-968-6822or e-mail office@achieve3000.com