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10/30/2012 12:00:00 AM
Audio Book Library Forms Statewide
Challenge: The Association of Computer Technology Educators of
Maine (ACTEM) wanted to provide Maine’s schools with namebrand
Arkansas District Expands
Solution: ACTEM chose Tales2Go, which streams thousands of
audio books to desktops and mobile devices in classrooms. “Nothing
is more important than getting students excited about and skilled at
reading, particularly by 3rd grade,” says Gary Lanoie, executive director
Challenge: Administrators at Conway Public Schools
in Arkansas wanted to find a cost-effective way to offer a
scalable approach to help at-risk students address skill gaps.
Oakland Schools Bring in Software to Boost Reading
Solution: They expanded their use of Lexia Reading
to all 14 elementary and middle schools across the district.
Students work independently on Lexia Reading and receive
structured practice on foundational reading skills. The
program includes an embedded assessment feature and
automatically provides educators with real-time data on skill gaps.
Challenge: Oakland USD
in California needed to help
students accelerate their
acquisition of cognitive, language, and reading skills.
Liberty Common High School
Pilots a Digital Library
Solution: The district partnered with Scientific Learning
Corporation to implement Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant
in 15 schools. One Title 1 school achieved double-digit gains
on the California Standards Tests in English language arts and
math, and the percentage of students in grades 2-5 performing
at proficient and advanced levels on the CSTs jumped from 17
percent to 41 percent in English language arts.
Challenge: Although Liberty Common
High School, a parent-run charter
school in Colorado, did not have an
on-campus library or resource center,
the school wanted to offer students and
faculty the opportunity to use the same
resources found in traditional school libraries.
Reading Scores Rise at Texas
Solution: The school partnered with Jones
e-Global Library to offer the company’s grades 9-12,
college-ready edition of its digital library service.
Students and teachers can read articles, eBooks, and
journals, conduct research, and access resources for
specific courses from any computer connected to the
Internet. “As students interact with academic journals,
eBooks, and lectures, they are building the foundation
for success in their post-secondary studies,” says Bob
Schaffer, principal of Liberty Common High School.
schools in Houston, Texas needed to boost
achievement and engagement in reading.
Solution: After students used Pearson’s
SuccessMaker Reading, a digitally adaptive program for
grades K-8 that personalizes reading instruction, both
schools saw accelerated achievement and increased
student engagement in learning. “Even our struggling
learners showed significant growth from beginning to
end,” says Cherie Steadman, peer-reading coordinator
at Kruse Elementary School in Pasadena. “The students
enjoy the games and aren’t even aware they are gaining
skills as they play. Teachers truly appreciate the feedback
the reports provide as they allow for immediate input to
support Response to Intervention in their classrooms.”
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