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I work at a high school in the Chicago metropolitan area which is considering adopting Read 180. If you are currently using or have used Read 180 in your high school, I would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts about the program:


1. How many students are (were) in the program? 

2. What is (was) the entrance criteria? 

3. How does (did) it fit into a student's schedule? 

4. How do (did) students transition out of Read 180?  For example, how do (did) they transition from Read 180 into sophomore English?  

5. How effective is (was) the program with your students?  

6. Is Read 180 a program that could be used in summer school? 


Thank you for your time and cooperation. 

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Comment by Julie Robertson on March 2, 2011 at 8:55am

Hi Brad,

*We use READ 180 in our district at the 6th-8th grade level and it is a co-taught class.

*We also use it with or ELL population

*We limit the READ 180 class to 20 students, both regular and special ed. 

*For initial placement into the program we look at the trend data of MAP and ISAT scores.  We do have cut scores based on NWEA.  We also get teacher input, as READ 180 is not good fit for everyone

*READ 180 is used as a language arts class and it's taught in a block of 84 minutes.

*We have a continuum of language arts classes, so when a student meets the exit criteria, they will either go on to a co-taught language arts class or a regular language arts class.  We have found that the majority of the students who exit READ 180 do fine in the regular ed language arts class.

*Like I said, READ 180 is not for everyone.  We have seen, for the most part, some excellent growth in students reading. 

*I would say that my experience with READ 180 leads me to believe that it would be a good summer school program.

Hope this helps.


Comment by Pam Goble on February 15, 2011 at 7:48am
...and we are a middle school...
Comment by Pam Goble on February 15, 2011 at 7:48am

Hi Brad,

We use Read 180 in our district.  There is a meta-analysis of reading programs that I will try and find and email to you that says that Read 180 is one of the better interventions available for reading. I will email the Read 180 teacher here to e-mail you.


I will get back to you with the info.  How are you???


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