Six Million K-6 Students Nationwide Develop Reading Skills Requisite for High School Graduation, College and Careers With Proven Program
NEW YORK – April 10, 2013 – As schools and districts look for solutions that will help their students build the reading comprehension skills requisite to meet the Common Core State Standards and other rigorous learning goals, more than 300,000 teachers serving six million students in all 50 states around the country already have the answer. They are using ReadWorks, a proven research-based, Common Core-aligned program for grades K-6 that improves teacher effectiveness and raises student achievement in reading comprehension.
And it is free.
According to "Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation," a 2011 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers. ReadWorks' dynamic curriculum specifically addresses the deficiency in reading comprehension instruction by providing clear and explicit guidance for teachers so that they can effectively develop and hone the reading comprehension skills of their students. ReadWorks complements and supplements core reading programs and is aligned to a number of widely used core reading programs.
"As an organization, ReadWorks is committed to helping teachers fundamentally and permanently improve their instructional practices to solve the reading comprehension crisis and close the achievement gap," said David Ciulla, executive director, ReadWorks. "The ReadWorks curriculum has only been available to teachers for less than three years and it has already gone 'viral.' We have achieved phenomenal scale and are compiling data for hundreds of schools that connect improved student scores to schoolwide implementation of ReadWorks."
Reflecting the findings of the National Reading Panel, RAND Reading Study Group and the most current, highest quality research on reading, writing, dyslexia and reading disabilities, ReadWorks helps K-6 teachers solve the reading comprehension crisis through five pillars:
- a research-based curriculum, that provides teachers with specific and measurable learning objectives;
- interactive reading comprehension units and lessons;
- a gradual release of responsibility methodology, in which the teacher models comprehension while releasing responsibility to the student through guided practice and independent work;
- lessons that introduce vocabulary words for teachers and language for directly introducing the new vocabulary to students; and
- lessons incorporating background knowledge development.
Educators in schools around the country using ReadWorks with their students have high praise for the curriculum:
§ "My colleagues and I can't thank you enough for creating this amazing resource. In a time with limited funds and rising expectations, ReadWorks has offered a wealth of information and free resources to help both our teachers and students be successful. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Corey Johnson, fourth-grade teacher, Fred W. Hill School, Brockport, N.Y.
§ "I am a fifth grade teacher who has been using ReadWorks since the third week in September. As the students were presenting their findings today on character relationships, I could not help but to be grateful for finding this learning medium. The depth that this program has fostered in my students is incredible. I love the lessons, the approach, and the Common Core Standards that are woven so expertly into each lesson. It is a fantastic program." Elaine J., fourth-grade teacher, Lansing, Mich.
§ "I'm a literacy coach, and I wanted to say thank you for providing my teachers with the appropriate support they need for their students to be successful! Rigor vs. busy work... rigor wins every time!" Ginger Shivers, literacy coach, Beverly Shores Elementary School, Leesburg, Fla.
In addition to hundreds of lessons featuring fiction texts, ReadWorks provides over 1,000 Lexile-leveled non-fiction passages with research-based question sets for grades K-6. All of these passages are built as stand-alone curricular pieces that reinforce essential skills and strategies, establish scaffolding for vocabulary learning, and maximize implementation flexibility as both a read-aloud exercise and an independent reading practice tool.
For more information or to sign-up for the ReadWorks curriculum, visit www.ReadWorks.org.
ReadWorks was founded in 2010 to help teachers meet the nationwide crisis in reading comprehension. The national nonprofit helps teachers improve their effectiveness with a FREE, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-6. The ReadWorks curriculum is based on the most highly regarded, proven research on reading instruction. Its dynamic curriculum specifically addresses the deficiency in reading comprehension instruction by providing clear and explicit guidance for teachers so that they can effectively develop and hone the reading comprehension skills of their students.