BRCVPA, Teacher Recognized for Reading Improvements with ACHIEVE3000 Awards
- May 11, 2011
Third-grade teacher Cory Lemoine (pictured, right) was given the Master Teacher Award and his school, the Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts (BRCVPA), received the ACHIEVE3000 Power of Technology Reading and Writing Award May 9 in a special ceremony. Representatives of ACHIEVE3000, as well as East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member Craig Freeman (left), helped present the awards.
The school hosted the year-end celebration to recognize the efforts of students who have significantly improved their reading scores during the 2010-2011 school year -- along with the teachers and administrators who helped them succeed. This event gave community members a first-hand opportunity to see how the school’s partnership with ACHIEVE3000 is creating dramatic reading gains for all types of learners.
At the event, the school will receive its Power of Technology Reading and Writing Award. Every year, Achieve3000 hand picks a few districts and schools across the country for the award. These schools’ students have demonstrated exemplary usage and significant reading improvement using the ACHIEVE3000 solutions. At BRCVPA, that includes the use of Kid Biz, which is a web-based reading intervention/comprehension program used for three years now with grades 2-5. As part of the program, ACHIEVE3000 is partnered with the Associated Press and National Geographic to publish daily articles that are science- and/or social studies-based. These cross-curricula articles are differentiated to seven individual reading levels per grade.
Initially, the students take an on-line assessment and the program establishes their reading level. These levels are subject to change according to the student's success in answering the multiple choice questions after each article. While improved reading comprehension is the goal, there are other components of the program as well, such as writing, polling and math-constructed response questions.
ACHIEVE3000 has data showing that students working through two articles weekly can make a year's growth in one semester. Students and parents can also access the site from home. Also, articles are archived and teachers can select articles relevant to units they are teaching in science and social studies. Lastly, reluctant readers can find articles interesting to them, i.e. boys reading about sports figures, airplanes, etc.
As the leader in differentiated instruction, ACHIEVE3000 uses a proprietary software engine to provide targeted lessons to each student in a class based on his or her individual reading level. These proven-effective literacy solutions deliver 100-percent nonfiction text and are based on best practices and decades of scientific research.
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