The percentage of READ 180 middle school students achieving proficiency on the TAKS more than quadrupled.
Evaluation Period: 2008–2009
Grades: 4-5, 7-12
Category: Disability, Independent Measure
Assessment: Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Reading, Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)
Implementation: 90-minute model
Located outside of Houston, the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) enrolls more than 104,000 students in 50 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 11 high schools, and four special program facilities. At the time of the study, the district’s student population was largely Hispanic (43%) and Caucasian (29%), followed by African American (16%), Asian American (8%), Native American (less than 1%), and Pacific Islander (less than 1%) students. Just under half (42%) of all students received free and reduced-price lunch through the National School Lunch Program; 16% of all students were English language learners (ELL).
Growing interest in research-based education inspired district leaders to pilot READ 180 as a reading intervention program with a cohort of fifth graders in spring 2007. Due to the pilot’s success, the district expanded READ 180 to 31 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, and 11 high schools.
READ 180 was used as an intervention program for fourth- through twelfth-grade students who were reading below proficiency. Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Reading and SRI data, along with teacher recommendations and grades, were used to identify and place students in the program.