Read 180 The World’s Most Effective System for Raising Reading Achievement

Students in Special Education

Originally designed for special education students, READ 180 has a proven track record of raising reading achievement for special education students through:

  • Direct alignments to the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach
  • Highly engaging instructional and classroom management tools
  • Differentiated instruction to accelerate individual students at their own pace
  • Raising Reading Achievement With an RTI Approach

    For the systematic screening and progress monitoring that is central to a RTI approach, READ 180 offers adaptive individualized instruction, customizable training, and professional development to ensure that educators can best serve all students. READ 180 is well suited for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 instruction but can also be implemented as a Tier 1 core instructional program where the majority of students are reading below grade level.

  • Key RTI Alignments

    Screening and Identifying Student Needs

    Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI), an adaptive reading comprehension assessment that uses the Lexile Framework for Reading, identifies students' skills and needs for effective placement and differentiated instruction.

    Setting and Reaching Individual Performance Goals

    READ 180 Software captures actionable data on key literacy skills (comprehension, decoding, fluency, etc.) to identify students' most urgent needs, helping teachers develop academic achievement goals and strategies for additional support.

    Ongoing Performance Monitoring

    Ongoing assessments monitor student progress and inform instructional decisions to maximize student results.

    Data-Driven Differentiated Instruction

    Adaptive technology and curriculum-embedded assessments track student performance and drive differentiated instruction during Small-Group Rotations.

    Data-Based Decision Making

    Teacher and Leadership Dashboards provide easy-to-read data snapshots that facilitate the intervention decision-making process.

  • READ 180 Next Generation: CASE Endorsed

    The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) has re-endorsed READ 180 Next Generation as an effective reading intervention solution to raise reading achievement for students in special education.

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  • Key program designs and state-of-the-art planning and assessment tools in READ 180 Next Generation help target the specific skill deficits and unique instructional needs as outlined in a special education student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Core Program Features

    Proven, Engaging Instructional Model

    The READ 180 proven Instructional Model and high-interest materials help to keep students motivated, build a positive classroom community, and reduce behavioral challenges. Consistent routines maximize student engagement at each step of the model.

    Individualized Instruction

    Age-appropriate adaptive Software and Small-Group Differentiated Instruction allow students to move at their own pace and receive individualized, targeted instruction.

    Multimodal Curriculum

    A technology-rich, multimodal curriculum encourages student growth through multiple modes of communication, ensuring students say it, hear it, speak it, and write it.

    Adaptive Technology

    Intelligent, adaptive student Instructional Software ensures daily opportunities for success and growth within the safety and privacy that technology provides.

    Universal Design

    Universal Design features and 508 compliance, such as closed-captioning of Topic Software and Anchor Videos, enable students with certain physical disabilities to access the instructional content.

  • See Proven Results

    Proven Effective for Students in Special Education

    Research Spotlight: Hernando County School District, FL
    After the 2009–2010 school year, 58% of READ 180 ninth-grade students with specific learning disabilities exceeded expected yearly growth benchmarks for general education students on the FCAT Reading Test.

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  • See Proven Results

    Developed for Every Struggling Reader

    READ 180 was developed in association with Dr. David Rose of Harvard University and his team at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) to include a multitude of Universal Access capabilities designed to expand learning opportunities for all individuals.

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  • Scholastic Literacy Solutions for ALL of Your Students' Needs

    Scholastic's Blueprint for Comprehensive Literacy Improvement is a vertically aligned system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development. Associated programs encompass the effective teaching, strong leadership, and technical resources needed to actively manage and implement a literacy plan that will meet the needs of learners at all levels of literacy proficiency and raise reading achievement.

  • System 44

    System 44 Next Generation

    Breakthrough Foundational Reading Program for Our Most Challenged Students: Grades 3–12+

    System 44 was designed for our most challenged, older, struggling students who are not yet ready for an intervention program like READ 180, making System 44 an ideal solution for many special education students. Intentionally metacognitive, System 44 helps students understand that the English language is a finite system of 44 sounds and 26 letters that can be mastered.

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  • iRead


    Foundational Reading Support for Your Primary Students in Grades K–2

    iRead is the NEW digital foundational reading program designed to close the achievement gap before it begins, and place all K–2 students on a predictable path to college and career. iRead provides targeted instruction and ongoing practice in phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonics, decoding, word recognition, fluency, syntax and morphology—ensuring mastery of foundational reading by the end of second grade.

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    Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)

    The Best Choice to Measure Reading Progress: Grades K–12+

    SRI is a research-based, computer-adaptive reading assessment program that measures reading comprehension on the Lexile Framework for Reading to inform instruction, make accurate placement recommendations, and monitor student growth. Aligned to state tests, SRI helps educators forecast student achievement and move students toward college and career readiness.

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  • SPI Logo

    Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI)

    A Breakthrough Tool for Assessing Foundational Reading Skills for Grades 3–12+

    SPI is a computer-based assessment that measures decoding and sight-word reading fluency in fewer than 10 minutes, making sure that the right students get the right intervention for the right amount of time. SPI is an ideal universal screener, placement test, and progress monitor to raise reading achievement for your older struggling readers.

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  • Newcomer Book

    Expert 21

    Reading, Writing & Thinking for the 21st Century: Grades 6–9

    Expert 21 is designed to accelerate students from basic to proficient—and beyond—so they are prepared with the literacy expertise they need to thrive in the 21st century.

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