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My "verdict"
Old 05-23-2012, 12:22 PM
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The website I cited is not selling anything. It is one teacherís impressive record of how she implemented Read 180. Her site highlights one variable in the use of ANY program, namely, the commitment, creativity and expertise of the teacher using it. Find publisher's info at

Iím not a good barometer for Read 180ís legitimacy, because our school had an early edition of the program. The students who were only one or two years below grade level loved it and generally benefitted from it (although I donít have data). The newer edition has a much more comprehensive framework even though it still uses the programís three main tools--computer word work with in context vocabulary and comprehension, leveled independent reading, and small group instruction which addresses all 5 reading components. Itís a winning combination. Research submitted to the Florida Center for Reading Research and the What Works Clearinghouse has shown generally positive indicators of its efficacy although not definitive. FCRR AND WWC research standards are very high.

That being said, my verdict on the Read 180 program is that Scholastic has provided a framework and useful materials. If by legit you mean ďdoes it work?Ē-- it works if you work it. Implementing it is not easy, but all the necessary components of an effective reading program are there.
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