Mixed-model READ 180 and System 44 middle school students outperform nonparticipating peers on Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
Evaluation Period: 2013–2014
Category: Implementation, Independent Measure
Assessment: Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), The Reading Inventory
Implementation: 55- to 75-minute blended learning model
Effingham County Schools (ECS) includes 14 schools that serve 11,462 students in Grades Pre-K through 12. The mission of ECS is “to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment to enable all students to obtain ... postsecondary success.” Of the approximately 55,000 people who live in Ef ngham County, 83% are Caucasian, 14% are African American, and 3% are either Hispanic/ Latino, Asian, or American Indian/Alaska Native.
In the 2013–2014 school year, ECS implemented READ 180 Next Generation (NG) and System 44 Next Generation (NG) in their sixth- through ninth-grade classrooms as part of a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Students identified as readers struggling with comprehension were placed into READ 180NG, and students identi ed as readers struggling with foundational literacy skills were placed into System 44 NG. The two programs were implemented together within classrooms as part of a multitiered, blended learning model.
All three middle schools in Ef ngham County participated in this study. In the READ 180 NG program, there were 81 sixth-grade students, 87 seventh-grade students, 67 eighth-grade students, and 37 ninth-grade students for a total of 272 students included in the study. As part of a mixed-model intervention, students received READ 180 NG Tier 2 or System 44 NG Tier 3 instruction daily, for 75 minutes in one middle school and for 55 minutes in two middle schools.