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HMH Reading Counts!®

Inspire reading success for all students

No skills are more critical to learning than reading and comprehending what’s being read. Because students develop these skills at different rates, it’s important to have classroom supports in place to meet them where they are. Reading Counts! leverages your independent reading program into a measurable and highly motivating literacy resource. This Lexile®-based independent reading program tracks students’ success on the books they read, in and out of school. Software-based reading recommendations, assessment, instant feedback, and monitoring are just some of the tools that help turn all students into successful independent readers.

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Structured independent reading program enhances any literacy curriculum.

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Immediate feedback turns students into motivated readers.

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Actionable data and accurate reports keep students on track for success.

Quiz quality and reporting accuracy set Reading Counts! apart

At the heart of this powerful program is the practice provided by its quizzes. Unlike other reading assessment programs, no two quizzes in Reading Counts! are the same, struggling readers have the opportunity to retake quizzes, and quiz settings can be customized based on individual students’ needs for extra support or challenge. This quiz quality leads to more accurate and actionable data to keep students on track for success.

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Improve every student’s reading trajectory with powerful, data-driven insights

Surrounding students with a wide variety of leveled literature, fiction, and nonfiction texts is a first step to inspiring lifelong readers. Pairing these choices with a supportive program that keeps students coming back for more creates strong independent readers. Reading Counts! brings success to teachers, students, and district leaders alike.

Student Experience

When students read independently, they flex their reading comprehension skills and become confident learners. Even struggling readers step up to the challenge when they see the progress they’re making with Reading Counts!

Match books to students' interests and reading level

When students are selecting books and topics of interest, generating their own reading lists, and checking their progress after taking quizzes they are empowered to advance with confidence.

As they progress through the program and grade levels, students can customize their interests and reading lists to maintain engagement.

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Motivate and challenge students with immediate feedback and progress tracking.

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Positive messaging received upon successfully completing quizzes builds students’ confidence.

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The invitation to share their opinions of completed books on a “Read-O-Meter” page helps students appreciate the enjoyment, empowerment, and community that reading can bring to their lives.

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Teacher Experience

To ensure every student meets today’s standards requiring more complex texts,  teachers need insight into individual reading levels and progress. Reading Counts! combines flexible instruction, high-quality book recommendations, practice, powerful assessment, and reporting to guide students to college- and career- readiness.

Track progress at the individual and classroom levels.

Compatible with classroom, library, or curriculum-based books, Reading Counts! helps students select reading options that match their Lexile scores and personal interests.

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Teachers can consult our Online Book Expert, a database of thousands of books searchable by title, author, grade level, Lexile measure, genre, and topic—all supported by Reading Counts! quizzes.

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Support differentiation with data-management software and actionable data.

Because every quiz provides a true formative, curriculum-based assessment, Reading Counts! serves as an ongoing progress monitor, enabling teachers to determine when instructional strategies are working.

Up-to-the-minute, customizable reports support targeted, data-driven instruction so teachers can provide extra challenge, encouragement, or reading intervention as needed.

As students are encouraged to stretch their reading proficiency for college- and career- readiness, Reading Counts! provides data on how well students are reading more complex text independently.

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Leaders gain insights at district, school, and individual student levels

Education leaders responsible for district-wide literacy improvement initiatives welcome the support of a powerful and cost-effective independent reading program that easily integrates with core reading programs already in use. Actionable reports offer easy-to-digest overviews of student performance, program usage, and reading growth over time.

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Improve every student’s reading trajectory

Reading Counts! begins by providing a clear picture of each student’s reading level and a plan to put them on a track to success with more complex text. When students become confident independent readers, they build the important foundational skills they need for college- and career- readiness.


Empower educators with actionable data

Powerful, real-time data and reporting enable reading teachers to differentiate instruction and provide just-in-time support, encouragement, challenge, or intervention.


Monitor growth over time, district-wide

For administrators, reading specialists, teachers, and librarians, Reading Counts! is a simple yet powerful tool that ensures reading success at the individual, classroom, school, and district level.


Turn even struggling students into lifelong readers

Reading Counts! helps struggling students experience the power of reading and its impact on their learning, helping them become motivated, lifelong readers.


Read 180

Read 180 provides intensive intervention to help students in Grades 4–12 who are more than one or two years behind become accomplished readers.

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HMH Reading Inventory

Ensure effective instruction with quick access to performance data.

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Literacy Solutions

Literacy Solutions provides both online and in-person professional learning services tailored to teachers' unique learning styles. Literacy Solutions helps teachers inspire lifelong learners.

Learn how we can guide your team—and their students—to success.

News & Events

Stay up-to-date on literacy with webinars, conferences, and our blog

Enter Your School in the Word UP Challenge!

Motivate your students to read more and compete to win prizes for your school! The fun starts in the fall—a great time to harness their enthusiasm. We’ll support you along the way with tips and strategies to engage your readers and boost the number of books—and words—read. It’s a win-win!

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See what Reading Counts! has in store for your classroom.

See what Reading Counts! has in store for your classroom.