Reading and succeeding

Silvia Villena’s third grade class is Sandshore’s winner of Read to Succeed, a competition that recognizes classes with the highest reading comprehension scores. Read to Succeed was sponsored by Achieve 3000, a web-based learning platform that is used to bolster reading levels and improve comprehension.
 
Achieve 3000 includes both fiction and non-fiction texts. Students take a quiz after reading each Achieve 3000 article. The quiz results are then translated into points. Students earned points for scores of 75% and higher, and even more points for scores of 88% and higher.
 
More importantly, the platform monitors and tracks individual student progress with precision, presenting articles to each student that exactly matches his or her own Lexile level. When a student’s Lexile level increases, so does the complexity of the next text to be read.
 
Villena often assigns specific articles that augment lessons being taught in the classroom, particularly in social studies.
 
“The kids like Achieve because of the variety of topics,” Villena said. “They also like texts that relate to what they are learning in class so they can make connections between the material.”
 
For winning the competition, the class received a $25 gift card which will be used for a celebration of some sort, most likely on snacks for a movie screening one afternoon.

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