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About System 44

Instructional Model

Reporting and Assessment

Professional Development

System 44 Next Generation for Use With READ 180

Purchasing and Support

Upgrading to System 44 Next Generation

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About System 44

1. What is System 44?

System 44 Next Generation is an intensive foundational reading program for your most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+. System 44 Next Generation now includes many new features designed to help these students become fluent, independent readers of grade-level text including explicit instruction in phonics, close reading, academic vocabulary, and comprehension, plus scaffolded instruction and practice in argument writing.

2. How does System 44 align to the new Standards?

System 44 Next Generation includes the rigorous, differentiated instruction needed to help students become college, career, and life ready. First and foremost, System 44 helps students master the foundational reading skills as defined by the new Standards through explicit instruction in comprehension and writing and a personalized learning progression driven by technology.

  • Builds Mastery of Foundational Reading Skills
    • Student Software delivers a NEW personalized learning path and systematic instruction in phonics, decoding, word recognition, and writing.
  • Provides Explicit Instruction in Close Reading & Comprehension
    • The NEW 44Book scaffolds close reading and comprehension of increasingly complex text.
    • A NEW emphasis on nonfiction program-wide builds academic vocabulary and content-area knowledge.
    • NEW eBooks build reading fluency and independence.
  • Delivers Instruction & Practice in Informative & Argument Writing
    • NEW Teacher and Leadership Dashboards provide unparalleled access to critical student performance and implementation data.
    • The NEW Groupinator™ simplifies Differentiated Instruction.
  • Tools for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) & IEPs
    • NEW Technology enables teachers to set and monitor academic and behavioral goals.
    • NEW Embedded resources support the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Systems.
3. How does System 44 support Special Education students and their educators?

System 44 was originally designed for special education students and has a proven track record of raising reading achievement for the hardest to reach students, including those with learning disabilities. System 44 includes direct alignments to a Response to Intervention (RTI) as well as a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) approach. Learn More.

Redesigned for iPad, System 44 is highly engaging for students with audiovisual needs and now includes new accessibility features, such as dynamic type, high contrast, and guided access.

4. Is System 44 proven effective?

System 44 is a research-based program and proven effective across a multitude of demographics and various implementations. Read the new Compendium of Research to review our proven results.

A new groundbreaking gold standard study proves System 44 is effective for our most challenged readers—including Learning Disabled students—download the research article here. The study revealed that System 44 had significant impacts on outside measures, including the CTOPP Elision, the TOWRE in Sight Word Efficiency, and the HMH Reading Inventory. Performance on pre- and post-test measures revealed significant impacts for the overall sample. For more results, please visit our research page to learn more about how System 44 supports diverse learners.

5. How does System 44 support parents and caregivers in student learning?

The bilingual System 44 Family Portal is a place for parents and caregivers to find information about the System 44 classroom, learn how student progress is measured, and get tips on helping their student readers. The Portal, also available in Spanish, supports the diversity of families we serve and offers engagement tools such as videos and success stories to strengthen the home-school connection.

Go to the System 44 Family Portal.


Instructional Model

1. What is the System 44 Instructional Model?

The System 44 Instructional Model provides a simple and clear organization for the classroom. System 44 Next Generation is designed for daily use by a small class (ideally 10–12 students), with students rotating between the Instructional Technology and Small-Group Differentiated Instruction or Modeled & Independent Reading. The program can be used effectively during a regular class period, in a resource room, and in after- and summer-school programs.

System 44 Next Generation can also be integrated seamlessly into a READ 180 classroom at all stages of instruction. Learn more about using both programs in the classroom to address the needs of your Tier 2 and 3 readers.

2. What is the new Next Generation 44Book?

The NEW 44Book provides a clear instructional path for teachers during Small-Group Differentiated Instruction. With the 44Book, teachers deliver direct instruction in phonics, decoding, reading, and writing. Organized around eight Modules that provide enough content for approximately one year of instruction, the 80% nonfiction readings cover a broad range of genres and text types and center around content-area topics, including Science, Social Studies, and Life Skills. Within each Module, students encounter:

  • Anchor media to build background knowledge
  • Academic vocabulary that is frontloaded
  • Multiple readings that increase in text complexity, with accompanying text-based questions to develop comprehension
  • Access to grade-level Stretch texts
  • Targeted instruction and practice in phonics skills
  • Scaffolded instruction in informative and argument paragraph writing
  • Performance-based Research Projects
  • Instructional routines to maximize academic discussion and listening skills
  • Professional development routines, including Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
3. How can System 44 be implemented in a one-to-one classroom?

System 44 is now available on iPad and helps maximize instructional time and accelerate student achievement by providing students with access to the adaptive Instructional Technology, assessments, and interactive eBook library, anytime/anywhere. Students with special needs can take advantage of iOS accessibility features—including dynamic type, high contrast, and guided access.


Reporting and Assessment

1. What is SAM and what does it do for reporting and assessment?

SAM is the comprehensive online management system for System 44. SAM collects and organizes student performance data and AYP accountability requirements, and supports district-wide aggregation for teachers, district administrators, and technology coordinators. SAM includes multiple reports to help monitor student performance and grading.

2. What types of assessment are included in System 44?

System 44 includes a comprehensive suite of assessment tools and reports, including Universal Screening, Placement and Progress Monitoring assessments: HMH Reading Inventory and HMH Phonics Inventory. As students work independently on the computer each day, the System 44 Instructional Technology automatically and continuously collects student performance data, which feeds multiple reports accessible via SAM. Through 44Book instruction, teachers assess student comprehension and writing, while performance-based Research Projects offer formative assessment opportunities. Each title in the Student Library is accompanied by HMH Reading Counts! Quizzes to measure student comprehension.

3. How can teachers and leaders easily access data?

Teacher and Leadership Dashboards are online portals that draw all of their data from SAM, aggregating the most critical student performance and implementation data on a Web page in a user-friendly format. Because the Dashboards are browser based, they are available anytime, anywhere, and now on the iPad!

4. What is the HMH Reading Inventory and the Lexile Framework®?

HMH Reading Inventory is a reading assessment test for Grades 1–12. determines the students’ reading levels and helps place them in the appropriate reading intervention program. Learn more about placement in System 44. also monitors student, group, and class progress in READ 180 and System 44 over time.

HMH Reading Inventory uses the Lexile Framework for Reading, a measure that matches students to text. The Lexile Framework places both reader and text on the same absolute scale, thereby providing a more accurate match between the two. This unique feature allows educators to more accurately match students to appropriately leveled text.

5. What is the HMH Phonics Inventory?

The HMH Phonics Inventory is a reliable and validated measure of decoding and sight word reading fluency. The should be administered to any student who receives a Lexile measure between BR and 400L–600L on the HMH Reading Inventory. Using various discrimination tasks, the determines whether or not the root cause of reading difficulty is an inability to decode, and generates one of three possible paths for students:

  1. Student should be placed in System 44 and begin with the most foundational lessons.
  2. Student should be placed in System 44 and may skip the most foundational lessons.
  3. Student has proficient decoding skills and does not belong in System 44, but would likely benefit from READ 180, the comprehensive reading intervention program.

HMH Phonics Inventory can be administered to hundreds of students in about 10 minutes and has been validated against the TOWRE (Test for Word Reading Efficiency) and the Woodcock-Johnson.

6. How often should students take the test?

HMH recommends that students take the test three times a year: at the beginning, middle, and the end of the year.


Professional Development

1. How do I begin teaching System 44? Is training available?

HMH provides comprehensive professional development in person and online.

HMH provides two-and-a-half days of in-person professional development with the purchase of a complete stage of System 44. HMH will meet with school or district teams to develop a personalized professional learning plan that best suits their needs.

2. What types of embedded professional development resources does System 44 provide?

With System 44 Next Generation, teachers have access to daily, job-embedded professional development resources. Short, targeted videos, resources, and presentations providing strategies tied to that day’s instruction are available on the Teacher Dashboard and Interactive Teaching System (ITS), enabling teachers to engage in professional learning before beginning to teach. In addition, research-based professional development tips and strategies are embedded within all of the teacher’s materials, including the 44Book Teacher’s Edition, Resources for Differentiated Instruction, and Teaching Resources for Modeled and Independent Reading.

3. What additional resources exist for System 44 teachers?

The READ 180 Community Website includes resources developed exclusively for System 44 classrooms as well and connects educators with peers from across the country. It provides personalized social networking tools, downloadable resources, and the ability to share resources and media.


System 44 Next Generation for Use With READ 180

1. How does System 44 work within a READ 180 classroom?

System 44 Next Generation works seamlessly with READ 180 in an integrated classroom. Based on data from the HMH Reading Inventory and the HMH Phonics Inventory, students in need of foundational skills should be identified and grouped together to form one or two groups that travel through rotations.

During Whole Group, students work with their peers in the rBook to build background and engage in conversation with text that is a stretch for them.

During Small-Group Differentiated Instruction, teachers work with System 44 students using their rBook-aligned 44Books to teach phonics, reading comprehension, and writing skills in nine content-area Workshops.

See samples of System 44 for use with READ 180 at all three stages of instruction in the System 44 eSampler.

2. Is the new Next Generation 44Book available for use with READ 180 Next Generation classrooms?

Yes. Three editions of the 44Book have been designed to be integrated seamlessly in an elementary, middle, or high school READ 180 classroom. During Whole Group, System 44 students work with their peers in the rBook to build background and engage in conversation with a text that is a stretch for them. Small-Group Differentiated Instruction allows teachers to work with System 44 students using their rBook-aligned 44Books to teach phonics, reading comprehension, and writing skills in nine content-area Workshops.

See samples of System 44 for use with READ 180 at all three stages of instruction in the System 44 eSampler.


Purchasing and Support

1. How do I purchase System 44?

To purchase System 44, please contact your regional Account Executive.

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2. Will my teachers receive training on System 44 Next Generation?

Yes. With the purchase of System 44 Next Generation, teachers will receive one full day of training. Additional in-person trainings are available.

3. How can I purchase additional materials to enhance my current System 44 classroom?

System 44 features supplemental instruction and libraries. For more information, please visit Shop System 44.

4. What are the technology recommendations for System 44 Next Generation?

For a complete list of technology recommendations for System 44 Next Generation, please click here.

5. What is SAM v2.3 and how does this impact System 44 Next Generation?

SAM v2.3 is the management system for System 44 Next Generation and is required to run System 44 Next Generation.

SAM v2.3 enables all HMH technology programs to access applications and media through a browser. The browser can access applications and media from your district's server or from the HMH Data Center via the Internet if you have purchased HMH Hosting Services.

6. Where will my System 44 Next Generation media files reside?

Whether System 44 Next Generation is deployed as a local installation in the district or is hosted by HMH, we recommend that the media is installed at the school or district for optimal performance.

Where necessary to improve performance and reduce network congestion, HMH will recommend installing the HMH Media Accelerator, a software application used to set up a specialized media server within a district to deliver the rich media assets (audio, video, and animations). The SMA improves overall performance by moving these large files closer to the student, thereby reducing bandwidth contention with other programs that may be using the district's Internet connection. One or more SMAs may be installed depending on the size of the district and number of concurrent users expected. The SMA software can be installed in a Macintosh, Windows, or Linux computer.

7. What are my options to deploy System 44 Next Generation?

System 44 Next Generation is a browser application where the server may be hosted by the district ("Local" Installation) or by HMH from its data center ("Hosted" Deployment) for a fee.

  • Local Installation: The server computer housing SAM and the program software is located at the district and/or school. Workstations connect with the local server over a Local or Wide-Area network.
  • Hosted Deployment: A HMH data center houses the program's server software. District/school workstations use a connection secured by SSL to connect to the hosted server, so there are no school or district servers to purchase or maintain. However, for most districts, HMH recommends that media be hosted locally on an SMA inside the district firewall to reduce network congestion.
8. What if I have specific questions about my technical implementation? Who can I contact for technical support?

If you have specific questions regarding your implementation, please contact HMH Technical Services at 1-800-283-5974 or visit the System 44 Product Support Site.


Upgrading to System 44 Next Generation

1. What is included in a System 44 Next Generation Upgrade Kit?

For a complete list of the Upgrade Kit components, please click here.

2. How many boxes are included in my System 44 Next Generation Upgrade Kit?

Each System 44 Next Generation Upgrade Kit will be packaged in the following nine boxes:

  • Teaching Materials (2 boxes)
  • Student 44Books (20 copies, 2 boxes)
  • Upgrade Student Library (20 titles, 1 box)
  • Upgrade Paperback Library Bookshelf (1 box)
  • Upgrade Audiobooks (1 box)
  • Word Building Kit (1 box)
  • Technology (1 box)
The student libraries include 20 new titles for both the Upper Elementary and Secondary libraries. A new Paperback library bookshelf has been created to accommodate the complete collection. When you upgrade to System 44 Next Generation, you will additionally receive new Audiobooks and access to all 56 titles as eBooks available anytime/anywhere.*

*Included in Year 1. Included with Premium Product Support or Hosting for Year 2 and beyond.

3. What changes were made to the System 44 Student Software?

The System 44 Next Generation Instructional Technology includes several new activities. A dictation activity in the Fluency Zone of the Code provides students with the opportunity to apply decoding skills while building writing fluency. A new Cloze activity in the Success Strand supports the application of comprehension and vocabulary skills. In the all new Writing Strand, students engage in independent practice in writing evidence-based summaries tied to Instructional Technology content, with scaffolds that reinforce teacher-led practice in the 44Book. In addition, a newly designed, highly motivating Student Dashboard makes it even easier for students to track their progress through the program.

4. What additions have been made for teachers?

The NEW 44Book Teacher’s Edition provides a clear, daily instructional path for teachers during Small-Group Differentiated Instruction. With the 44Book, teachers deliver direct instruction aligned to the new Standards in phonics, decoding, reading, and writing.

System 44 Next Generation includes many new state-of-the-art tools for educators. The all new Teacher Dashboard helps build capacity of effective teachers. Accessible anywhere an Internet connection is available, the Teacher Dashboard highlights the most important implementation and student performance data and allows teachers to use the data to plan and differentiate instruction. A dynamic grouping tool called the Groupinator™ automatically recommends specific skill instruction and point-of-use resources based on student data. The Teacher Dashboard also includes on-demand videos and resources, Standards-aligned lesson plans, and a Report Scheduler to make planning and instruction easy and effective.

Enhancements to the SAM Student Digital Portfolio allow teachers to set and adjust academic and behavioral goals, and the new Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) on the Teacher Dashboard helps teachers see how an individual student is tracking toward these goals.

In addition, all of the content of the previous 44Book Teaching Edition is now available in the new Resources for Differentiated Instruction (RDI), with additional research and professional development resources to support the System 44 Next Generation classroom, including resources for implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). The Screening, Assessment, and Reporting Guide (SARG) has been updated to include Next Generation reporting and assessment resources.

5. What additions have been made for leaders?

The NEW Leadership Dashboard provides transparency to the implementation and performance data that matters most, helping leaders maximize the effectiveness of their System 44 teachers.

6. When I upgrade to System 44 Next Generation, will my System 44 Enterprise Edition data migrate?

Yes. All System 44 Enterprise Edition data will migrate to System 44 Next Generation.

7. Where will my System 44 Next Generation media files reside?

Whether System 44 Next Generation is deployed as a local installation in the district or is hosted by HMH, we recommend that the media is installed at the school or district for optimal performance.

Where necessary to improve performance and reduce network congestion, HMH will recommend installing the HMH Media Accelerator (SMA), a software application used to set up a specialized media server within a district to deliver the rich media assets (audio, video, and animations). The SMA improves overall performance by moving these large files closer to the student, thereby reducing bandwidth contention with other programs that may be using the district's Internet connection. One or more SMAs may be installed depending on the size of the district and number of concurrent users expected. The SMA software can be installed in a Macintosh, Windows, or Linux computer.

8. What are my options to deploy System 44 Next Generation?

System 44 Next Generation is a browser application where the server may be hosted by the district ("Local" Installation) or by HMH from its data center ("Hosted" Deployment) for a fee.

  • Local Installation: The server computer housing SAM and the program software is located at the district and/or school. Workstations connect with the local server over a Local or Wide-Area network.
  • Hosted Deployment: A HMH data center houses the program's server software. District/school workstations use a connection secured by SSL to connect to the hosted server, so there are no school or district servers to purchase or maintain. However, for most districts, HMH recommends that media be hosted locally on an SMA inside the district firewall to reduce network congestion.