LAKEWOOD, N.J. (Nov. 9, 2015) – For the next three years, Achieve3000 and the Rowan-Salisbury School System will work together to accelerate learning and put all students on track for college and career success. As part of the partnership, which started earlier this fall and will continue through June 2018, Rowan-Salisbury Schools will implement Achieve3000’s literacy solutions district-wide. Included with the solutions are instructional resources and professional development for educators, a real-time data dashboard for administrators, and robust home support for parents and guardians.
Achieve3000 specializes in cloud-based, differentiated learning solutions for school-aged youth as well as adult learners. It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments.
“We are very excited to partner with a district as dedicated to 21st-century learning and student success as Rowan-Salisbury,” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “We share their commitment to improving literacy achievement for all learners. By meeting kids at their precise reading levels, our differentiated instruction solutions help all students accelerate their reading growth and become college and career ready. In fact, students who use our solutions make double to triple the expected reading gains in one school year. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the innovative educators at Rowan-Salisbury Schools to meet and exceed their literacy goals for every student.”
The Rowan-Salisbury School System, which serves approximately 20,000 students, is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody, the district is in the middle of a three-year strategic plan to improve reading and literacy while actively engaging students and teachers. The plan started in 2014, when the district began a digital conversion initiative to put a new laptop or tablet into the hands of every student in grades 3-12. By 2017, the district aims to have 90% of its students reading on or above grade level and 100% achieving or exceeding one year’s growth annually.
Rowan-Salisbury Schools is implementing Achieve3000 solutions across all grades: Smarty Ants for grades PreK-1, KidBiz3000 for grades 2-5, TeenBiz3000 for grades 6-8, and Empower3000 for grades 9-12. As part of the partnership, the district is also receiving Spark3000, a solution designed for adult literacy and workforce readiness, at no cost. Each Achieve3000 solution combines embedded assessment, differentiated instruction, and regular skills practice to meet all students one-on-one, at their individual reading levels, and accelerate learning gains. In addition, because the solutions are cloud-based, students can use their new digital devices to access them anytime or anywhere – even without an Internet connection.
"We are excited, and our teachers are excited, to now have the ability to teach a topic at the level of individual student learning while assessing their individual progress, and to raise the bar of expectations for each student,” said Dr. Moody. “Achieve3000 will allow teachers more hands-on instruction with students.”
Earlier this year, Achieve3000 released a new North Carolina Edition. For Rowan-Salisbury students, this means that they will be improving their literacy skills with a strategic curriculum that’s aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes built-in practice for the READY assessments. For teachers, the N.C. Edition features robust lesson plans and point-of-use resources to support learning without adding to their workload. A data dashboard called Leadership Edition is included for administrators, so they can easily monitor the Achieve3000 implementation and measure student reading gains. Finally, families of Achieve3000 students will receive free access to the Home Edition, where they can view their child’s progress and access resources in 19 languages to support learning at home.
The Rowan-Salisbury School System will also be the first Achieve3000 PreK-12 Demonstration District in North Carolina. In this role, Rowan-Salisbury Schools will host visiting North Carolina districts that wish to see Achieve3000’s solutions in action. Achieve3000 is supporting the district with a Demonstration Site Grant.
Districts interested in visiting Rowan-Salisbury Schools or another Achieve3000 Demonstration District are encouraged to contact Achieve3000 at 888-968-6822.
About Achieve3000, Inc.
Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, with many making double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions – Smarty Ants® (for grades PreK-1), KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8), Empower3000™ (for grades 9-12), Spark3000® (for adult learners), and eScience3000® (for grades 6-8) – support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to workforce readiness, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at www.achieve3000.com or by calling 888-968-6822.
About Rowan-Salisbury School System
Nestled in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, the Rowan-Salisbury School System serves nearly all of Rowan County, including the city of Salisbury. With 35 schools and close to 3,000 staff, the district serves approximately 20,000 students in grades PreK-12. There are 20 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, and 6 traditional high schools, along with one early college school and one alternative school. The district’s mission is to inspire and provide opportunities for innovative and engaging learning. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody, who joined the district in 2013, the Rowan-Salisbury Schools motto is “E3” or “Extraordinary Education Every Day.” The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education is chaired by Joshua Wagner, with Dean Hunter as the vice chair. The district’s central office is located in Salisbury, N.C. Learn more about the Rowan-Salisbury School System online at www.rss.k12.nc.us or by calling 704-636-7500.
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