The Reading First initiative drew national attention to the literacy crisis in the early grades, with a focus on foundational literacy skills - phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension - that are essential for children to develop in their first years of formal education.
That challenge still remains, as we vigilantly work with students to give them the skills they need and close the achievement gap. And, the challenge of building proficiency does not end at Grade 3. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports that eight million students in Grades 4–8 are struggling readers.
While the challenges are significant, Destination Reading® offers a proven solution based on empirical research and practice that helps identify, prevent, and remediate reading difficulties at all grade levels - from elementary through high school. Destination Reading combines an explicit instructional pathway with frequent assessments to help guide individualized, data-driven instruction.
Destination Reading's adolescent literacy program for students in Grades 4–8 provides an explicit, intensive instructional pathway with frequent assessments to help guide individualized, data-driven instruction.
The program captivates students through its use of avatars and teen buddies who provide encouragement and guidance in a way that appeals to today's generation of learners.
An interactive user experience, voted on by more than 3,000 students, references popular culture and makes use of technology and the web in ways that enrich, stimulate and inform.