READ 180



READ 180 is an adaptive program that helps students to improve their literacy skills

  • What does the product do?

    • READ 180 is a reading program designed for students in grades 4-12+ whose reading achievement is below the proficient level
    • READ 180 seeks to improve and accelerate students’ reading skills through the use of a computer program, literature, and direct instruction in reading skills
  • How does it work?

    • Schools can contract Scholastic to implement the READ 180 Instructional Model at their school
    • Schools can purchase physical READ 180 materials (e.g. workbooks)  and licenses to online content 
  • How is it used?

    • READ 180 Instructional Model is a 90 minute class organization beginning and ending with whole group instruction and 3 rotational stations for small group and independent learning in between whole group instruction
    • Administrators and teachers use READ 180 to gain visibility on student performance 
    • Teachers use READ 180 for class instruction
    • Students use READ 180 materials and tools to improve their reading skills
  • What is the background?

    • Developed by Dr. Ted Hasselbring and the Cognition & Technology Group at Vanderbilt University in 1985
    • Distributed by Scholastic Inc. 

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What's New


READ 180 provides a customized learning path for each students along with targeted professional development for teachers

  • Customized instructional tools and materials catered to student needs

    • Adaptive software collects data based on individual responses and adjusts instruction to meet each student’s needs
    • Wide spectrum of engaging content including interactive worktexts, rigorous non-fictional content, leveled paperbacks and audiobooks each targeting development of specific skills
    • Students can take ownership of their own progress using the dashboard feature 
  • Comprehensive classroom management tools provides educators visibility into student performance

    • Dashboard provides a centralized view of performance data and simplifies data-driven decision-making for teachers through the recommendation engine
    • Dashboard dynamically assigns differentiated instruction informed by the latest performance data and provides easy access to relevant instructional materials
  • In-person and online professional development for educators is designed to provide implementation training and ongoing support

    • READ 180 consultants guide educators through classroom setup, coaching, and data interpretation in side-by-side sessions
    • Additional leadership trainings provide educators with the skills to manage and support READ 180 at the school or district level
    • READ 180 also offers a full range of online tools including interactive training webinars, video tutorials, classroom resources, PD courses, and a peer-to-peer support community 


What's Working


Students are reading voluntarily, building fundamental critical thinking skill set, gaining confidence and engaging in class

  • READ 180 has experienced widespread adoption across the country

    • Serves over a million students in over 40,000 classrooms a day and over 100 million total students overall
  • Students are spending more time on reading, overcoming their initial aversion

    • Reading was like boring for me. But now I like sit down and read and get into the book.” - Student
    • [After only a few weeks in the program], Colby began carrying a book with him everywhere - not only to go to school every morning, but also when the family ran errands. He has never been interested in reading until this program." – Parent
    • "I was totally amazed my first year teaching this program when my students asked if they could stay in from recess to read and take quizzes in the Reading Counts program included with READ 180." - Teacher
  • Students are more engaged in learning, as READ180 provides supplemental support as needed

    • Before I started READ 180, I had to ask my classmates what the words said and the answers to questions. Now I can figure out unfamiliar words on my own. I don't need help […] because I know what to do when I get stuck.” - Student
    • READ 180 turned me around. In my old school I didn't pay attention because the work was too hard. But I paid attention in READ 180 because the work was fun and the books that I choose to read were interesting. I learned how to spell hard words and read hard books. I learned many different skills that made reading easier.” – Student
  • As students build their reading skills, they are more engaged in the classroom

    • At first I felt scared and didn't have a lot of courage. I was very quiet because I didn't want anyone to know that I couldn't read very well. Now I'm not scared any more. I can read and write much better. I speak up in class and share my opinion about books. I know the answers to questions and I have courage.” - Student
    • "These are the students who were invisible in English language arts, trying not to raise their hand or talk aloud. They are so engaged now.“ - Teacher