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Great Expectations: The READ 180 School Year

What can you expect of your child in a READ 180 program? A lot! During the course of the school year, your child will get plenty of reading practice—and lots of help with skills like spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Check out this timeline to discover what's on the agenda for the year—and find out what you can do to help!

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  • September
    Milestone 1

    About two weeks after school starts, your child will take a placement test called the HMH Reading Inventory (SRI). This test measures your child’s comprehension of reading material. Based on the scores, the teacher will know what instruction is best for your child.

    Milestone 1

    In READ 180, your child will spend 20 minutes each day reading on his or her own, in a quiet, comfortable area of the classroom. The READ 180 classroom library is stocked with high-interest paperbacks, audiobooks, and online reading materials that are sure to engage your child. After completing a book or article, your child will take a HMH Reading Counts! quiz. These computer-generated quizzes not only test how well readers understood the text, the quizzes also allow students to practice and improve their test-taking skills.

    Milestone 1

    Welcome back to school! To kick off the school year, many schools host a parent-teacher night. This is a great chance for you to meet your child's teacher, and to share any concerns you may have. For more information, contact the school.

  • October
    Milestone 1

    It's time for another SRI test! The results of this test will be used to set goals for your child’s reading progress throughout the school year.

    Milestone 1

    Your child's teacher is guiding the class through the rBook. This book contains lessons and activities in vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and more. The rBook is divided into nine Workshops, each of which includes several readings including a lot of nonfiction—on a single topic. After students complete each Workshop, they will take a test to assess their learning. Your teacher should provide your child with a report that explains how he/she did. To learn more about the rBook, go to the
    READ 180 Classroom page.

  • November
    Milestone 1

    By now your child may have completed a book during independent reading time—maybe the first book that she or he has ever read from cover to cover! Talk to your child about what she/he has been reading, and ask about your child's HMH Reading Counts! quiz results.

  • December
    Milestone 1

    Your child's class is making progress in the rBook and taking a skills test to assess learning after each rBook workshop. Your child's teacher should provide a report that explains how your child did on each skills test. To learn more about the rBook, go to the READ 180 Classroom page.

    Milestone 1

    Most students should be receiving a report card around this time. The report card lists your child's grades in each subject. Some schools mail report cards directly to the home, while others hand them out to students.

  • January
    Milestone 1

    It's time for another SRI test! This test will measure the amount of progress your child has made in READ 180.

    Milestone 1

    Check in with your child to learn about the latest book he/she read. And while you’re at it, ask about the HMH Reading Counts! quiz. This computer-generated quiz not only tests students on how well they understood the book, but it allows them to brush up on their test-taking skills.

  • February
    Milestone 1

    Your child’s class is making progress in the rBook and taking a skills test to assess learning after each rBook workshop. Your child’s teacher should provide a report that explains how your child did on each skills test. To learn more about the rBook, go to the READ 180 Classroom page.

    Milestone 1

    Students may be home for winter recess, but that doesn't mean they should take a break from learning. Help your child practice—and maintain—the reading skills he/she has learned. Take a trip to the library. Have your child help you read your recipes, or log on to favorite shopping sites for reading practice.

  • March
  • April
    Milestone 1

    Your child’s class is making progress in the rBook and taking a skills test to assess learning after each rBook workshop. Your child’s teacher should provide a report that explains how your child did on each skills test. To learn more about the rBook, go to the READ 180 Classroom page.

    Milestone 1

    Check in with your child to learn about the latest book he/she read. And while you’re at it, ask about the HMH Reading Counts! quiz. This computer-generated quiz not only tests students on how well they understood the book, but it allows them to brush up on their test-taking skills.

  • May
    Milestone 1

    It's time for another SRI test! This test will measure the amount of progress your child has made in READ 180.

  • June
    Milestone 1

    Your child’s class is making progress in the rBook. At the end of the year, your child will complete a summative assessment—a test that measures his or her rBook-related learning throughout the year. Be sure to ask to see your child’s test results. To learn more about the rBook, go to the READ 180 Classroom page.

    Milestone 1

    Check in with your child to learn about the latest book he/she read. And while you’re at it, ask about the HMH Reading Counts! quiz. This computer-generated quiz not only tests students on how well they understood the book, but it allows them to brush up on their test-taking skills.

    Milestone 1

    Most students should be receiving a report card around this time. The report card lists your child's grades in each subject. Some schools mail report cards directly to the home, while others hand them out to students.

  • Summer
    Milestone 1

    School's out! To keep reading skills polished over the summer, your child may bring home a list of books to read. Provide encouragement and make the assignment fun. Have your child pretend to be a book critic and write a review. Pair him/her with a reading buddy. Or have your child listen to audiobooks during a car trip.

Continuous

As part of their work in READ 180, students work on computer software to practice their skills and get regular assessments. They watch videos on topics ranging from science and history to literature and the arts. Then, they read a passage about the video they watched, and practice important skills like spelling, vocabulary and writing.