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When a striving reader gets their first real taste of reading, something extraordinary happens: Walls come down. Confidence builds. And “I can’t do it” becomes “I can’t be stopped.”

As the leading reading intervention program, Read 180® helps students who are two or more years behind become active, accomplished readers. By bringing teachers, families, and adaptive technology together, it meets students on their unique paths to provide a truly personalized experience, whether in a traditional classroom or a hybrid learning environment.

Targets areas of the brain essential to reading proficiency.
Meets each learner's unique ability level, interests, and needs.
Empowers 700,000 students to achieve more every day.

See what Read 180 has in store for your classroom.

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Bridge the gap to mastery with blended learning

With its blended learning approach, Read 180 gives everyone in the classroom the unique tools they need to thrive anytime, anywhere. Students and teachers can customize the learning experience using informative assessments and a flexible rotation model that combines traditional and online instruction.

What the Experts Say

HMH intervention solutions have been proven to work. Don’t just take our word for it. The proof is in the data.

A two-year study found that using Read 180 and System 44 increased students' Lexile scores by an average of more than 300 points.

In one study conducted in Kentucky, students who used Read 180 Digital Access showed an average growth rate of 1.9 years in 1 year, with 80% exceeding average annual growth.

In a study conducted by Scholastic Research, 70% of students exceeded average annual growth from fall to spring using Read 180.

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Whole-Group Learning

Students and teachers engage as a class and reinforce daily lessons together.

Student Application

Students work independently, following a personalized path that accelerates their learning.

Small-Group Learning

Students receive targeted, data-driven small-group reading instruction while building meaningful relationships with teachers.

Independent Reading

Students engage with their choice of content and apply newly acquired vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Experience Read 180 in action.

Student Experience

By placing students in the driver’s seat, Read 180 motivates striving readers to take an active part in their success. Through structured, systematic instruction, students gain independence in the classroom as they explore content that excites them—opening the door for a new relationship with reading.

Teacher Experience

Technology is a powerful engine in making personalized learning effective, but teachers hold the key to ensuring that students embrace lifelong learning. That’s why Read 180 places teachers at the heart of the program’s implementation. With an army of tools at their fingertips—outlined in the Blended Learning Handbook go-to guide—teachers can do what they do best: teach with confidence and purpose.


With rich content driving every lesson, across every grade level, Read 180 makes the most of every day in the classroom. Learn more about the program’s approach to building content knowledge in our detailed Content Overview Guides.

Plus, discover REACH—all-new Workshops to support additional Read 180 Universal whole- and small-group instruction.

Build background and content knowledge

Students develop world knowledge and literacy skills through exposure to different text types across multiple disciplines.

Anchor Videos and language development activities in the Student Application improve comprehension by helping students form a mental picture of what they’re about to read.

Strengthen vocabulary

Nearly 50 new words in each Workshop expand to hundreds more as students study roots, meaning, and word parts.

Explore, Reading, and Language Zones in the Student Application help students build general and academic vocabulary through Anchor Videos, targeted readings, and activities.

Build fluency

Target passages from level-specific texts in the Student Application help students build deep comprehension through multiple readings.

Spelling and reading sight words in the Student Application builds automaticity, so students’ brains can focus on comprehension and retention.

Enhance writing and research skills

New research-based writing process helps students learn, practice, and apply strategies for crafting narrative, informative, and argument pieces during Workshops.

Whole- and Small-Group Learning stresses purposeful writing that develops content knowledge and reading skills, helping English learners log “miles on the tongue”.

Demonstrate knowledge transfer

Anchor Videos in the Student Application help students read in a virtuous cycle by providing knowledge they can apply to unfamiliar texts going forward.

Workshops each conclude with students completing a project-based learning assessment related to real-life careers.

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Into Reading

Into Reading’s comprehensive approach to literacy for Grades K–6 cultivates readers, writers, and lifelong learners.

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System 44

System 44® Next Generation places all students, at any level, on a path to achievement and provides the foundational tools they need to achieve real success in school and life.

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Literacy Solutions

Literacy Solutions provides professional learning to support effective Read 180 implementation.

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HMH Into Literature

HMH Into Literature™ is a 6–12 literacy curriculum designed to engage today’s students with relevant instruction, authentic texts, and intuitive technology.

Experience Read 180 Universal in action.

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Summer School

Read 180 is proven to help students close learning gaps

Close the learning gap this summer with the leading blended learning intervention solution. Our uniquely designed summer school implementation model combines a flexible blend of technology, independent reading, and whole and small group instruction.

Learn more about Read 180 for summer school.

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Research & Results

Scores show the impact. Stories show the power.

Read 180 has more research and documentation behind it than any other reading intervention program. Learn more about its role in helping students across the country reach their full potential.

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Estania Philamond, Grade 10, Georgia

When Estania moved to the U.S. from Haiti in the fourth grade, she spoke no English. At first, she was very shy, but after her teacher shared the story of a successful Read 180 graduate, Estania’s confidence soared. Today, she helps her former classmates and has spoken at our summits, hoping to inspire others. Estania’s goals for the future include learning a fourth language, attending college, and becoming an entrepreneur.

Trevor German, Grade 8, Illinois

Trevor had little confidence when he started in middle school, but after a boost in his Lexile® level, he was motivated to work hard and tackle more difficult texts. Now, Trevor is a leader in and out of the classroom, supporting other Read 180 learners, mentoring younger students, and giving speeches in front of the whole school. Trevor shared, “My goal is to go to college and study architecture to work on big buildings.”

Maria Merza, Grade 12, California

Maria’s family fled to escape the violence in Syria. When she arrived in the U.S., Maria had to adjust to a new culture and make up for large gaps in her education. Determined to excel, Maria moved from System 44 to Read 180 to college prep courses, and her Lexile level grew from BR to 1067 in just two years. On track to graduate, Maria will also qualify to apply to any SCU and UC campus, a true role model for all students.

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Authors & Advisors

An expert approach to instilling confidence in the classroom

Turning a struggling student into a successful one doesn’t happen overnight—or alone. Read 180 is the culmination of decades’ worth of research and time spent in the field by our team of authors and advisors. Together, they’ve used the benefit of their experience to rewrite the book on reading intervention.

Dr. Ted Hasselbring
Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board
Laura Goin
Instructional Designer, Independent Consultant
Dr. Kate Kinsella
Author, English 3D; Co-Author, Read 180®; Teacher Educator, Researcher; CEO, Dr. Kate Kinsella & Associates
​Dr. Kevin Feldman​
Former Director of Reading, Sonoma County Office of Education
Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams
Visiting Professor, Brown University
Dr. Laurie E. Cutting
Professor, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Julie Washington
Professor, Language Sciences, School of Education – University of California, Irvine; HMH Learning Sciences & Research Advisory Board
Dr. Steve Graham
Mary Emily Warner Professor, Teachers College, Arizona State University
Dr. Karen Harris
Mary Emily Warner Professor, Teachers College, Arizona State University
Dr. David Dockterman
Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
David Rose
Founding Director and Former Chief Scientist, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Sue Gendron
Former President, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
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