READ 180: Hernando County School District
At a glance
  • Promising Evidence
  • Program: READ 180®
  • Subjects: Intervention, Literacy
  • Report Type: Efficacy Study
  • Grade Level: High
  • Region: Southeast
  • Population: Students with Disabilities, Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • District Urbanicity: Suburban, Rural
  • District Size: Large
  • District: Hernando County School District, FL
  • Participants: N=436
  • Outcome Measure: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Reading Test
  • Implementation: 47- to 97-minute model, 3-5 days per week
  • Evaluation Period: 2009–2010
  • Study Conducted by: Scholastic Research
Overview
Ninth-grade READ 180 students with specific learning disabilities exceeded expected yearly growth benchmarks on the FCAT Reading.

Hernando County School District (HCSD) is located on the central-west coast of Florida, north of Tampa Bay. Of the 22,820 students the district enrolls, approximately 74% are White, 13% are Hispanic, 7% are African American, 5% are Native American/multiracial, and 1% are Asian. Approximately 16% of students are classified as having disabilities. During the 2009 to 2010 school year, ninth-grade students who scored in Level 1 or Level 2 on the spring 2009 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) Reading Test were placed into READ 180 .

Results

Spring 2009 and spring 2010 FCAT® Reading Developmental Scale Score (DSS) data were analyzed for 436 ninth-grade READ 180 students. As Graph 1 shows, these students achieved an average FCAT Reading DSS score of 1679 at pretest and 1768 at posttest, resulting in a statistically significant gain of 89 points.

GRAPH 1. Hernando County School District READ 180 Students, Grade 9 (N=436)

Performance on FCAT Reading Test, 2009 to 2010

Note. The change in DSS score from 2009 to 2010 is statistically significant (t=9.81, p=.00).

These improvements in performance were maintained when the data were disaggregated, revealing that students with disabilities also demonstrated statistically significant gains (Graph 2). Approximately two-thirds of students with disabilities include those diagnosed with a specific learning disability, including dyslexia. As Graph 3 illustrates, students with a specific learning disability showed the greatest average DSS gain and exceeded expected yearly growth benchmarks on the FCAT Reading Test in 2010.

GRAPH 2. Hernando County School District READ 180 Students, Grade 9 (N=436)

Performance on FCAT Reading Test with Disabilities and without Disabilities, 2009 to 2010

Note. The gain is statistically significant for students with disabilities (t=9.83, p=.00) and for students without disabilities (t=3.35, p=.00).

GRAPH 3. Hernando County School District READ 180 Students with Disabilities, Grade 9 (N=99)

Change in DSS Scale Score on FCAT Reading Test by Disability, 2009 to 2010

Note. The gain is statistically significant for all students with disabilities (t=3.35, p=.00).

READ 180 implementation in HCSD varied from 47 to 97 minutes per day and from three to five days per week, with an alternating, full rotational schedule occurring every other day at some sites.