Achieve3000 provides the only state-customized, patented literacy platform for grades PreK-12 and adult education that reaches all students at their individual reading levels with grade-appropriate content in English and Spanish to accelerate student learning and improve high-stakes test performance.
How does the Achieve3000 platform guarantee success for every student in PreK-12?
Achieve3000 has a unique platform that is driven by its patented (Patent No.: US 8,714,986 B2) methodology that allows it to assess, differentiate and accelerate growth for all students toward college and career benchmarks, delivering on the promise of equity for all learners. Through the platform, assessment is used first to determine the level of intervention needed and the optimal plan to guarantee success. Every available solution within the platform then differentiates state- and grade-appropriate content to meet the needs of each student and uses embedded assessment to plan instruction and accelerate literacy gains. Starting with PreK students and all the way to adult learners, Achieve3000 has a solution to support mainstream, gifted and talented, intervention and special education students, as well as English language learners. Students move seamlessly from solution to solution, depending on their evolving needs and required levels of support and scaffolding. By connecting all stakeholders — students, parents, teachers, and school and district administrators – the Achieve3000 platform guarantees anytime, anywhere access, increased time on task and data-driven decision-making, all of which leads to college and career success for every student.
What differentiated student solutions are available through your platform?
Achieve3000’s solutions support all learners from PreK to adult.
Foundational Literacy (Smarty Ants for grades PreK-2): Addresses student competency in foundational reading skills, including alphabetic principles, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and sight words. Coming 2018: Smarty Ants Español
Achieve3000 gives back to the community: Enroll your incoming kindergarteners into Smarty Ants free this summer so they can begin their reading journey before school starts.
Assessment: LevelSet establishes a baseline Lexile level for the comprehension of nonfiction text, in English and/or in Spanish. Implemented as part of a full literacy solution or as a standalone assessment, LevelSet gives you a pulse on the ability level of all students, reports on their readiness for college and career, and monitors growth over time with multiple administrations. Coming 2018: LevelSet for Writing
General Education, Literacy Across the Content Areas (Pro for grades 2-12): Your state-specific edition includes content-area courses for ELA, science and social studies to build fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and writing skills through a research-based and proven routine that prepares students for your state assessment. To support heterogeneous learners in a single classroom, grade-specific content is offered at 12 levels in English and 8 levels in Spanish. Plus, eScience3000 drives mastery of your state’s science standards, national STEM objectives and the Next Generation Science Standards by providing core science instruction for middle school students.
Intervention and Special Education (Boost for grades 2-12 & Achieve Intensive): Also built on your state standards, this multi-tiered solution offers a scaffolded literacy routine that ensures equity of access to grade-appropriate content with targeted and intensive instruction to support students outside the classroom so they are better prepared for core instruction in the classroom. With Boost, students receive instruction around phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and writing. They can move seamlessly from Tier III to Tier II to Tier I instruction, as they are ready. Coming 2018: Foundational literacy skills program for grades 3 and up
English Learners (Access and Español for grades 2-12): Also built on your state ELA, science and social studies standards, these solutions for English learners and Spanish-speaking students incorporate your state ELA standards and give all learners equity of access by bridging the gaps in vocabulary, content, English language development, and reading and writing skills. Instruction also focuses on critical listening and speaking skills, which sets your ELLs on a path to success. Students can move seamlessly from Spanish to Spanish support to English, as they are ready.
Adult Learners (Spark3000): For adult learners looking to get their GED or preparing for English I and English II in community college, Spark3000 helps to bridge the reading gaps by accelerating learners’ levels of comprehension and writing – essential skills for success in college and in the workforce.
How does your platform support the MTSS initiative?
The Achieve3000 online literacy platform is an ideal solution for the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) initiative. This system is uniquely able to assess all students with a Lexile assessment called LevelSet™ that determines the Lexile level of students and the depth of support each student needs. Then, students in the same state, grade and class all work on the same core ELA, science or social studies content at their Lexile level in English or in Spanish. Students work through our 5-Step Literacy Routine with different levels of scaffolding depending on their specific needs. The third step of the literacy routine is an embedded formative assessment that assesses gaps and drives instruction by reporting on mastery of standards and skills. The system monitors these embedded assessments, determines when students are ready for more complex text and automatically adjusts the level of text complexity each student receives. Students will continue to work on the designated state, grade and class lessons, but they will receive more complex versions of those lessons. As students are ready, they will shift from one tier of instruction to the next, receiving more or less support as needed.
How does your platform provide equity of access to core instruction to all students in a single classroom?
The Achieve3000 platform provides equity for every student by giving them access to the same grade-appropriate content in an environment that has the same look and feel regardless of their reading level. Students are held accountable to state-level, grade-level and core curriculum standards, regardless of their reading level. Strategic courses are designed for teaching core literacy skills across the content areas, including science and social studies.
How does your platform connect with the other platforms and programs I'm using?
Achieve3000 is the one flexible literacy platform that brings together all of your innovative initiatives. By working directly with your partners, Achieve3000 helps maximize the impact of your investments and helps you build a path to next generation learning. We have strategic partnerships with Clever, OneRoster and Schoolzilla for seamless rostering and single sign-on, NWEA and Renaissance for data integration, and more.
How can you maximize my core ELA curriculum investments in your technology initiatives?
Achieve3000 has developed custom alignment courses for popular basal textbook programs such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt® Journeys and McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders®. These custom courses for grades 2-12 help your students fully engage with the grade-level texts in your core basal textbook curriculum as well as build the comprehension, vocabulary and critical-thinking skills they need to meet today’s college and career readiness targets. By pairing pieces of nonfiction from Achieve3000 with fiction in the textbooks, students are able to read multiple related sources and synthesize information to collaborate in classroom discussion. Each course provides a customized set of lessons aligned to the topics and themes in your textbook, with targeted lesson plans that make it easy to integrate Achieve3000 into your existing curriculum.
Contact us to see all of our custom alignments and learn more about customizing courses to fit your ELA curriculum.
To guarantee maximum acceleration and return on your investment, Achieve3000 is committed to providing all stakeholders with the data needed to monitor usage and performance and determine next steps in instruction.
Leadership Edition: An exclusive data dashboard allows district and school administrators to monitor the health of their implementation, holding stakeholders accountable to the expectations that have been established.
Teacher Dashboard: Easy access to data helps teachers monitor student usage and performance and adjust instruction as needed. Point-of-use teaching recommendations and standards connections make lesson preparation easy.
Home Edition Reporting and Supports: Parents and families have ready access to reports and resources – available in 20 languages – that can be used at home to support literacy growth.
Implementation Highlights Report: Available upon request, this custom report summarizes progress and usage levels for students using Achieve3000 solutions.
Executive Summary Report (ESR): Delivered biannually directly to school and district leaders, this custom report is specially designed to show the impact that your Achieve3000 implementation is having on your students’ achievement and help leaders support and grow their accomplishments. Customized data reporting is available upon request.
For 2017-18 we are continuing to improve our platform to ensure even greater success for every student, regardless of reading level. From new solutions to new high-interest content for college and career literacy skills, we are investing millions to ensure success in school and beyond.
Where can I see all the new solutions and enhancements for the Achieve3000 platform for Back to School?
Our Back to School 2017-2018 site contains a detailed overview of all the enhancements coming for the 2017-18 school year, with special sneak peeks of some of the updates in development for 2018-19! Click here to view the Back to School 2017-2018 site to see all that’s new.
What are the new enhancements to the Career Center to motivate students and empower them to connect their literacy gains to college, career and beyond?
Throughout 2017-18, the Career Center will be updated with brand-new college and career readiness tools that empower students to discover new career fields, learn what it takes to get there and connect their Lexile growth to their career goals.
With over 200 careers – and growing – to explore, Achieve3000’s exclusive Career Center is expanding to include career advice from industry professionals, and it’s all on video! Short one- to three-minute video interviews from real-world professionals give students insights and practical advice about the jobs found in the Career Center, including the education, training, skills, aptitudes and experience necessary to succeed in their fields.
The Workforce Readiness Course is also getting new “how-to” videos on important job search topics, such as writing a resume, interviewing for a job and dressing for success, to help students land their dream jobs – or even their first summer or after-school job. These videos are also available to parents and guardians through the Home Edition!
Finally, to help students find jobs and understand the skills required for success, Achieve3000 has a groundbreaking new partnership with Burning Glass that allows students to see where today’s job opportunities are locally and beyond, as well as the skills they need to land them.
What enhancements will further differentiate instruction and accelerate learning for ELL, Tier II and III intervention, and special education students?
Powerful new scaffolds and supports for Access (ELL), Boost (intervention), Español (Spanish) and Achieve Intensive (rapid intervention) are specially designed to close skill gaps and boost college and career readiness in 2017-18. You will be able to:
Kick-start the writing process and help your struggling readers develop writing fluency by encouraging evidence-based writing with Writing Frames
Build your students’ speaking and listening skills, plus help struggling readers get their thoughts in writing, with Speech-to-Text (STT)
Easily introduce or reinforce important concepts with Direct Instruction Videos – available right at point of use! (coming in 2018)
Provide your students with a powerful new way to learn and remember key academic vocabulary with Visual Vocabulary (coming in 2018)
Increase your struggling readers’ ability to focus on specific sections of text and allow teachers to draw attention to select passages with Screen Masking (coming in 2018)
What’s new for middle and high school students who are looking for engaging new content and need motivation for spending more time on task?
Look for an all-new TeenBiz3000® and Empower3000® in 2017-18! When over 100,000 students and teachers participated in the 2017 Achieve3000 Student Interest Survey and told us what excites them, we listened. You’ll be able to engage every student in literacy success and increase their time on task with new content, new features and a new look designed for middle and high school students and inspired by your feedback!
Plus, available now and exclusively for high school, our new Media Mix course provides a brand-new high-interest lesson every week to increase time on task and keep your high school students engaged as they improve their reading and writing skills.
How will you encourage students to engage in classroom discussions, debates and evidence-based writing?
Brand-new social feeds are going to be embedded directly in Achieve3000 lessons to encourage peer-to-peer discussion and debate – key strategies that are proven to impact student literacy. With a commenting format that mirrors popular social media platforms, these embedded feeds will help students build 21st-century literacy skills, give them frequent practice with text-dependent analysis and encourage the responsible use of social media, all in a safe and controlled environment.
How can I use robust data and reporting tools in new ways to maximize the impact of my implementation?
With more than 30 real-time reports, Achieve3000 already makes it easy to monitor your students’ strengths and weaknesses, inform instruction and maximize the impact of your implementation. Now, there’s even more actionable data at your fingertips with three powerful new reports!
Monitor mastery and pinpoint gaps for 14 reading comprehension and vocabulary skills with the new Skills Report
Predict students’ high-stakes state assessment performance right from the Forecast Report – available for SBAC, STAAR™, NCReady, Georgia Milestones and other select high-stakes assessments
Review and support student success with the new Executive Summary Report (ESR), a custom biannual report delivered directly to school and district leaders
NEW and now available: Compare year-to-year data in the Leadership Edition to track and report based on your goals
How can I support foundational reading skills in Spanish for my English language learners and Spanish-speaking students?
Now in development, Smarty Ants Español for grades PreK-2 is a new full-Spanish foundational literacy solution that leverages the power of Smarty Ants’ research-driven differentiated instruction and engaging, interactive online learning environment to accelerate Spanish literacy for your Spanish immersion, dual-language and bilingual classrooms. This new program will help your Spanish-speaking students build strong foundational literacy skills in their native language.
How do I help my older struggling readers master critical foundational literacy skills?
Now in development, a brand-new age-appropriate foundational literacy solution combines the power of Smarty Ants’ personalized differentiated instruction with a fresh, new interactive online learning environment designed to engage older learners to dramatically accelerate student achievement. Designed for grades 3 and up, this solution will help your older struggling readers, special education students and intervention learners become confident, capable readers.
Achieve3000’s patented and proven solutions for grades PreK-12 and adult education reach all students at their individual Lexile® reading levels with grade-appropriate content differentiated at 12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish.
How do you differentiate instruction to reach all students at their individual reading levels in English and Spanish?
Every solution in the Achieve3000® platform differentiates instruction according to each learner’s individual reading level. For grades 2-12, Achieve3000’s online literacy solutions leverage a patented (U.S Patent No. 8,714,986 B2) method of differentiation to guarantee that the text complexity of every nonfiction passage is scientifically matched to each student’s current reading ability. This patented methodology starts with the administration of LevelSet™, the only online assessment of nonfiction text to provide a Lexile measure for all students. This information is included in the student’s Academic Profile, along with his or her language needs and the state, which determines the standards that must be addressed and the assessment that must be taken. Teachers select the grade-level courses they want to use, and the system delivers the content automatically differentiated to each student’s Lexile level, with 12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish.
Through this proprietary technology, Achieve3000 can deliver the same grade-appropriate content – for English language arts, science, social studies and more – at each student’s unique Lexile level, in English and/or in Spanish. For differentiation in earlier grades, please see the question How does the platform support differentiated foundational literacy instruction for PreK-2?
How do you ensure that students can reach grade-level goals and are exposed to grade-level text while still differentiating instruction for their individual reading levels?
This question speaks to the second aspect of Achieve3000’s patent. Students begin the program by taking LevelSet, which establishes their baseline Lexile reading level. Each lesson features grade-appropriate content that is then tailored according to the individual student’s Lexile level.
As students move through a lesson, they complete Achieve3000’s signature 5-Step Literacy Routine. The third step is an embedded assessment, which the system uses to monitor student performance. When a student is ready, it automatically increases the level of text complexity delivered. As a result, students continue to work on grade-appropriate content, but the level of text complexity increases. This methodology is proven to double or even triple students’ expected reading comprehension growth in a single school year.
Achieve3000 provides an additional opportunity for students to reach grade-level proficiency through the Stretch Article. This is a version of the lesson article written at grade level. Interacting with the stretch text – under guidance from the teacher – gives students repeated exposure to and practice with the level of text complexity they will encounter on your state assessment. For more information about teacher-led instruction with Achieve3000, please see the Blended Learning section.
If students are working at their individual Lexile levels, how can you guarantee that they are being prepared for college and career?
Achieve3000’s patented literacy solutions use a research-based 5-Step Literacy Routine that is designed to build the essential skills needed for college and career. Regardless of their Lexile levels, all students work through the same routine in order to develop these essential skills.
Step 1.Build background through the Before-Reading Poll: Students respond to an opinion statement, expressing and sharing their reactions based on prior experience and knowledge.
Step 2.Close reading of multiple sources with the Article: As students read the multiple informational texts in the Article tab, they use built-in tools that help them develop close-reading techniques and identify evidence for writing responses.
Step 3.Accelerate growth with an assessment embedded within the Activity: Students answer questions on vocabulary and comprehension. Items mirror those on your state assessment, including technology-enhanced items.
Step 4.Learn the value of evidence through the After-Reading Poll: Students return to the poll to express their opinions, factoring in any new information acquired from the sources they read.
Step 5. Synthesize information from multiple sources in the Thought Question: Students use evidence from Step 2 (the Article) to draft, edit and revise evidence-based written responses to a narrative, expository or argument prompt.
How does Achieve3000 align with my state standards and provide students access to my core ELA curriculum?
Every lesson within the Achieve3000 system is aligned to your English language arts (ELA) standards, as well as your science and social studies content areas. Additionally, grade-specific ELA Challenge courses are specifically designed to prepare students for the rigor of your state assessment with embedded assessments that include technology-enhanced items. Students also have access to a variety of other courses that can be used in your ELA classes, such as our news courses. All courses are fully customizable, and lessons can be added, rescheduled or removed according to your specific needs.
Lessons revolve around the 5-Step Literacy Routine, which helps build close-reading techniques for the purpose of evidence-based writing and prepares students for the rigor of your state assessment.
In addition, Achieve3000 is committed to supporting and supplementing your core curriculum with custom textbook alignment courses for Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante, EngageNY, Hampton-Brown Edge™, Holt McDougal Literature™, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt® Journeys and Collections, McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders®, National Geographic Learning®/Cengage Learning® Reach for Reading and Inside, Pearson Common Core Literature and myPerspectives™, StudySync® and The College Board’s SpringBoard®. If you don’t see your textbooks listed, please contact us for a custom alignment.
How do you address science, social studies and career education through your platform?
Every lesson within the Achieve3000 system is aligned to your state’s science and social studies content areas, as well as your English language arts (ELA) standards. This alignment is used to build science and social studies courses, which are specifically designed to develop disciplinary literacy.
Elementary courses include a combination of science and social studies lessons, ensuring that students develop literacy across both content areas during the early years. As students move to secondary programs, the courses become departmentalized, with science- and social studies-specific courses. Science topics range from Life, Earth and Space to Physical Science and Engineering. Social studies topics include U.S. History I and II, Early and Modern World History, and World Geography. Additional courses across other content areas include Workforce Readiness and Career Exploration, Government and Economics, and Psychology. You can always use customization tools to modify the courses to meet your specific scope and sequence needs.
With all lessons, students complete Achieve3000’s 5-Step Literacy Routine, which helps build close-reading techniques for the purpose of evidence-based writing and prepares students for your state assessment.
Can your curriculum be customized to meet my scope and sequence, as well as my textbook programs?
Achieve3000’s solutions are designed to be flexible and customizable to fit your specific scope and sequence or textbook programs. This can be done in a number of ways:
Start with an existing course, such as English language arts, science or social studies, and then modify it using the My Lessons tools. You can change lesson dates, remove unwanted lessons and search for additional lessons from an archive of over 10,000 articles. Once your new course is created, you can save it to use in future years.
Create a new course at the teacher, school or district level. Teachers can create a custom course and assign it to their students. At the school or district level, administrators can share custom courses across multiple classrooms or buildings using a new Lesson Collections feature.
Add one of our textbook alignment courses to your Achieve3000 curriculum. Each course is designed to pair with a specific textbook program to deepen learning and maximize student growth.
Meet with Achieve3000 customization specialists and collaborate to create courses that fit your specific scope and sequence needs.
How do you use targeted and intensive instruction to help Tier II and Tier III students access core content?
One of the biggest challenges for intervention and special education students is getting the specialized instruction they need to close the gap between where their reading levels are and where they need to be while still meeting your state standards. With Achieve3000’s Boost, Tier II and Tier III intervention students and special education learners get the targeted and intensive instruction they need to meet grade-level goals without missing out on standards-aligned instruction:
A cloud-based, flexible approach to blended learning empowers students to use the program anytime, anywhere and on any device for greater time on task and even greater learning gains
Grade-appropriate content is differentiated to each student’s individual reading level, with 12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish
The 5-Step Literacy Routine has additional scaffolding built in to further support listening, speaking and writing skills, as well as reading comprehension and vocabulary
Robust teaching supports for phonics, fluency and reading comprehension include point-of-use lesson plans and recommendations for extending the 5-Step Routine
In-person, online and on-demand product training and customized professional development services match the implementation to your blended learning environment
Skills-based reporting based on student performance helps teachers inform instruction and target specific gaps
How do you use built-in scaffolds to help English language learners access core content?
English language learner programs often face a double challenge: as a group, ELL students have unique needs but are frequently at different stages of learning, with very different skill sets and ability levels, in addition to their varying reading levels. Achieve3000’s Access solutions leverage our patented method of online differentiated instruction to meet every student one-on-one:
A cloud-based, flexible approach to blended learning empowers students to use the program anytime, anywhere and on any device for greater time on task and even greater learning gains
Lessons feature multiple sources of nonfiction text, all differentiated at 12 levels in English, 12 levels in English with native-language supports and 8 levels in Spanish. (Our Español solutions allow students to work in both English and Spanish.)
Native-language supports and linguistic scaffolds, including text-to-audio and bilingual dictionaries, are built into every lesson
The same grade-appropriate content is tailored to each student’s reading level to fill in content-area gaps and build academic vocabulary, all while developing essential literacy skills
Teachers have point-of-use access to robust instructional tools to develop English language skills, including fluency, phonics and comprehension, as well as listening, speaking and writing skills
Skills-based reporting based on student performance helps teachers inform instruction and target specific gaps
How does the platform support differentiated foundational literacy instruction for PreK-2?
Foundational literacy is the critical first step on the road to college and career readiness. Smarty Ants® is Achieve3000’s research-driven foundational literacy solution for grades PreK-2, designed to ensure that every student is on track for success from day one. Smarty Ants combines deeply differentiated instruction with a systematic, spiraling scope and sequence aligned to your state’s foundational reading standards to ensure that all students can master the 5 key components of reading – all in an interactive online learning environment.
Direct and explicit instruction teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary (including sight words) and comprehension
Instruction is automatically differentiated according to each student’s exact skill level, learning temperament and learning pace
Adaptive content system automatically adjusts the level of skill instruction and practice to keep each learner in the zone of proximal development
Learning scaffolds and linguistic supports (including Spanish-language audio) are available for struggling readers and English language learners
Teachers can further differentiate instruction to reteach, reinforce or extend skills with targeted resources for small-group or whole-group instruction
How do I help students in grades 3+ who still struggle with foundational reading skills?
Now in development, Achieve3000’s newest foundational literacy solution leverages the power of Smarty Ants’ research-driven differentiated instruction and engaging, interactive online learning environment to accelerate student achievement by building strong reading skills and closing gaps for struggling readers, special education students and intervention learners in grades 3 and up.
More information is coming soon, so check back frequently for the latest announcements!
Achieve3000’s signature Simple Rigor® framework is a blended learning instructional model that provides the perfect balance of independent student work and teacher-led direct instruction to accelerate students’ reading abilities and improve literacy skills. Access is available anywhere, anytime and on any device – online and offline.
In which blended learning models does Achieve3000 work?
Achieve3000 works in all blended learning models: Our platform is uniquely designed to give teachers the freedom and flexibility to organize their classrooms in a way that best fits their students’ needs and their school’s resources. Every one of our solutions can be utilized within the framework of any blended learning model, including:
What resources are provided to support a variety of blended learning options?
Achieve3000 is committed to accelerating literacy growth with a full range of flexible solutions that can be customized to provide the perfect combination of independent student work and teacher-directed instruction in any blended learning model. Our patented literacy solutions feature the Simple Rigor® for Blended Learning instructional framework, which empowers students to work independently, at their individual reading levels, and then teachers can extend and deepen their learning with grade-level instruction.
Throughout the year, Achieve3000’s comprehensive blended professional learning services – onsite, online and on-demand – help teachers and administrators build capacity, master literacy best practices and increase their effectiveness. As your partner, we look forward to working with you on a customized blended implementation model that maximizes students’ time on task, supports your educators and targets the unique needs of your schools and classrooms!
How does your blended learning framework combine independent work and teacher instruction to boost literacy growth?
Accountability and responsibility are as critical for student growth as teacher-directed instruction. To maximize that growth, Achieve3000 has designed a blended learning framework – Simple Rigor® – through which students work independently at their individual reading levels and teachers extend the lesson and increase the rigor with grade-level text.
Independent Student Work: Achieve3000 uses a simple 5-Step Literacy Routine designed to improve fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing, as well as the critical-thinking strategies students need to be college and career ready. Through the routine, students:
Build reading strategies and close-reading techniques by engaging with grade-appropriate content at their individual Lexile® reading levels
Develop academic vocabulary and content-area knowledge while practicing for your high-stakes state assessment
Demonstrate reading comprehension, content-area knowledge and the ability to use evidence from the text in their writing
Teacher-Directed Instruction: Following independent student work, teachers can extend the lesson and increase the rigor by using the grade-level Stretch Article. Through instruction around the Stretch Article, teachers can:
Ensure that all students interact with grade-level text to prepare them for today’s rigorous high-stakes assessments
Reinforce grade-appropriate vocabulary and promote the use of evidence in writing and speaking
How do your lesson materials support independent and collaborative work, as well as whole- and small-group instruction, in rotation models?
Every Achieve3000 lesson provides both teacher and student materials that support a rotation model. Rotation models can include whole-group instruction and discussion, small-group instruction, independent student work and small-group collaborative work.
Teacher Materials: The Teacher Recommendations materials support whole-group instruction, before and after independent student work, as well as small-group and one-on-one instruction to close gaps for struggling readers and English language learners.
Student Materials: Students follow a 5-Step Literacy Routine for every lesson. While they can do these steps entirely on their own, the materials often encourage collaborative activity and discussion. For example, students can engage in friendly debates during the Before Reading and After Reading polls, or they can help each other review and revise their written responses during the Thought Question step.
How does your platform ensure that all students can engage in 24/7 learning, even if they don't have internet connectivity?
Achieve3000 brings learning anywhere – and everywhere – your students go! The Achieve3000 platform is available 24/7 with access online and offline through our apps for iPad®, Android™ and Chrome™. Since students can work on Achieve3000 lessons even while offline through the apps, they can continue learning beyond the school day and outside school walls. With the ability to continue learning at home, on the go, during school breaks, over the summer, as part of a formal after-school program or as a course of independent study, there are no limits to where or when students can use Achieve3000!
How do you support the home-school connection and ensure that families can support their children's literacy growth?
Every Achieve3000 student subscription includes complimentary access to the Home Edition for their parents or guardians. The Home Edition allows families to view all of the articles their children are reading so they can help them practice their literacy skills at home and engage them in discussions about the nonfiction content. Easy-to-read reports help parents and guardians monitor their children’s usage and performance, as well as their Lexile reading growth over the course of the year. The Home Edition also provides on-demand resources in 21 languages to guide families in supporting their children’s literacy growth and promoting at-home usage.
In addition, families can adjust the text complexity of each Achieve3000 lesson – with every article available at 12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish – so they can build their own literacy skills for college or career.
How do you use blended learning to ensure professional development for all stakeholders (teachers, parents, and school and district leaders)?
Achieve3000 uses a blended learning approach to ensure that all stakeholders – teachers, parents, and school and district leaders – have all the information, data and support they need to effectively accelerate student growth toward college and career benchmarks. Below are some of the resources we provide to support blended professional learning:
On-demand support and self-guided tours to enable quick and immediate use of solutions
Point-of-use teaching materials for every lesson to support whole-class and small-group instruction
Onsite and live online workshops, consultation sessions, classroom modeling, data reviews and more
In-product professional learning with the brand-new Ask Achieve3000 training tool
30 Days to Improving Instruction, via our brand-new partnership with Dr. Douglas Fisher, which brings best practices and instructional strategies directly to teachers with a series of webinars
How can I use your blended professional learning services to help my content-area teachers provide literacy support for students?
Achieve3000 provides flexible professional learning services when, where and how teachers need them – on-site, online and on-demand – to ensure that they take full advantage of Achieve3000. In-person coaching and modeling maximizes their effectiveness in the classroom, and interactive webinars with literacy experts build capacity and strengthen best practices.
For content-area teachers, Achieve3000 also provides customized professional learning sessions tailored to their unique instructional needs. Within the program, comprehensive lesson plans accompany each lesson, giving content-area teachers a step-by-step guide for building students’ literacy skills. Point-of-use curriculum connections provide recommendations for connecting the lesson back to the science or social studies domain. Teacher Materials include ELL, struggling reader, and gifted and talented student supports so all teachers, including content-area teachers, have instant access to strategies for working with these distinct student groups.
How do your foundational literacy solutions support blended learning instruction in the early grades?
Achieve3000’s foundational literacy solutions – Smarty Ants®, Smarty Ants Español (coming in 2018) and our new foundational solution for grades 3 and up (coming in 2018) – are easy to implement in any blended learning classroom model. These solutions combine both independent student work and teacher-led instruction.
Independent Student Work: Based on data from the initial placement assessment and ongoing formative assessments, students receive independent instruction and practice activities that are tailored to their exact skill level, learning temperament and learning pace. As a result, each student receives the individual scaffolding and differentiated instruction he or she needs to master foundational literacy skills and transition to reading comprehension. Students can also engage in 24/7 learning, anytime and anywhere, online or offline, with iPad® and Android™ apps. This extends learning beyond the school day – even during school breaks – and ensures that students can maximize time on task for even greater gains. Their families also get complimentary access to the Parent Dashboard to support and monitor their learning.
Teacher-Led Instruction: Teachers have access to robust instructional materials for every lesson, including suggestions for whole-group work and opportunities for small-group instruction to reteach, reinforce or extend learning.
Built-in summative and formative assessments identify student needs, automatically inform instruction and provide data to accelerate student growth toward college and career benchmarks, all without taking away from instructional time.
How do summative and formative assessments work in your patented literacy solutions?
Achieve3000 integrates both summative and formative assessments in its patented approach.
Built-In Summative Assessments: The LevelSet™ pre-test quickly establishes each student’s initial baseline Lexile level, which the system uses to scientifically match students to the just-right level of text. The LevelSet interim and post-test data allow educators to monitor progress and measure Lexile growth over time (both over the year and from year to year).
Embedded Formative Assessments: Embedded into the students’ 5-Step Literacy Routine is an ongoing formative assessment (Step 3: Activity). This assessment serves two purposes:
Diagnostic information: Each item is aligned to specific state standards and skills, thus providing diagnostic information about student performance that can be used to inform and target instruction.
Lexile acceleration: The system uses these embedded assessments to monitor student performance, automatically increasing Lexile® reading levels when it detects a student is ready for greater challenge.
Which screener do you use to determine students’ Lexile reading levels?
Achieve3000’s proprietary assessment, LevelSet™, is the world’s only universal screener for reading comprehension of nonfiction text in both English and Spanish. Developed by Achieve3000 in conjunction with MetaMetrics®, creators of the Lexile® Framework for Reading, the LevelSet assessment identifies each student’s precise Lexile reading level and thus is a reliable means of matching students to informational text.
Available for grades 2-12, LevelSet is integrated into Achieve3000’s patented literacy solutions and can also be used districtwide as a benchmark to measure student achievement, determine placement for tiered instruction in intervention models and forecast college and career readiness, with up to three administrations (pre-, interim and post-test) per year.
Coming for 2018, Achieve3000 is excited to introduce LevelSet writing, an online writing and scoring system for students in grades 3-12. Developed by Achieve3000 and MetaMetrics, this proprietary assessment will assess each student’s writing ability and allow educators to monitor student writing growth over time.
How can I monitor and forecast a student’s readiness for college and career using the data from your assessments?
Achieve3000 has worked with MetaMetrics to create a proprietary forecasting tool that allows us to report on students’ progress toward today’s rigorous college and career readiness requirements. This report – available anytime and anywhere to classroom teachers and school and district leaders – automatically groups students based on key grade-level college and career readiness benchmarks. Students are categorized as exceeding expectations, meeting expectations, approaching expectations or falling far below expectations. Based on this information, educators can instantly know what level of support and intervention each student requires to be on track for success.
In addition, a special forecasting report predicts how students will perform on high-stakes state assessments that are correlated with Lexile measures based on their current Lexile reading levels. This report is available for CA, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, KS, KY, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NV, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WV, WY and USVI.
Both report types are available as soon as students complete LevelSet, either as part of your implementation of an Achieve3000 literacy solution or when LevelSet is used as a districtwide benchmarking tool.
How is the data from your universal screener used to drive differentiation for students?
LevelSet identifies each student’s Lexile reader measure, which places the student on the continuum of reading comprehension based on MetaMetrics’ Lexile Framework for Reading. This same framework is used to measure every text passage in Achieve3000. Each lesson is available at multiple Lexile reading levels (12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish). When students access a lesson, the system automatically looks at their Lexile reading levels and delivers the version of the lesson that is the best match for each student’s reading ability, ensuring that all students are working with grade-appropriate content differentiated at their just-right reading level.
How do your embedded assessments drive acceleration of Lexile growth?
Step 3 of Achieve3000’s signature 5-Step Literacy Routine is an embedded formative assessment. The system continuously monitors student performance via the activities in this step. Using a Bayesian scoring application developed in conjunction with MetaMetrics, Achieve3000’s solutions automatically increase student Lexile levels when the embedded assessment detects that they are ready for more complex text. As a result, students continue to receive grade-appropriate lessons, but the level of the text complexity increases over time. Educators can track this Lexile growth using the report “How has Lexile performance changed over time?“
When looking at embedded assessment, which factors drive the greatest acceleration?
Achieve3000’s embedded assessments fuel the system’s auto-adjustment of Lexile levels, which is dependent on two critical factors: the number of activities completed and the scores of those activities. Research has shown that students see the greatest acceleration when they spend more time on task (indicated by a higher number of completed activities) and apply themselves to their work (indicated by higher activity scores). As these two indicators are key to accelerating Lexile growth, teachers can quickly and easily monitor these data points via reports in their Teacher’s Edition. School and district leaders can also monitor this data through the exclusive Leadership Edition dashboard.
How can the data from the embedded assessments be used to inform next steps in instruction and further differentiate instruction?
Achieve3000’s signature 5-Step Literacy Routine features an embedded formative assessment (Step 3: Activity). Each item in this assessment is aligned to specific state standards and reading skills, allowing educators to monitor student progress in these areas through Achieve3000’s robust reporting package.
All of Achieve3000’s patented literacy solutions include a report titled “How are my students performing on standards?,” which shows students’ mastery – or lack of mastery – of specific state standards, as well as recommendations for additional lessons to assign that address specific gaps. In addition, Achieve3000’s solutions for intervention (Boost and Achieve Intensive), English language learners (Access) and Spanish Literacy (Español) provide a report titled “How are my students performing on reading skills?,” which shows students’ proficiency on 14 essential reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. In addition to lesson recommendations, this report includes small-group instructional recommendations for each skill across a progression of Lexile levels.
How does the Achieve3000 platform help students prepare for success on our state assessment?
Achieve3000’s patented literacy solutions are designed to ensure that students of all ability levels can meet state standards, prepare for high-stakes assessments and reach college and career readiness benchmarks.
It starts with a custom curriculum aligned to your state’s grade-level English language arts, social studies and science standards. Lessons use our research-based 5-Step Literacy Routine, which helps students learn the value of evidence, read and compare multiple sources of informational text, practice reading comprehension and vocabulary skills, and write evidence-based responses. Regardless of their Lexile levels, all students work through the same routine in order to develop these essential skills.
Your state curriculum also features Challenge courses, which have been specifically customized for your high-stakes state assessment for each grade level. Every Challenge lesson gives students targeted practice with passages and item types that mirror those on your state assessment. Technology-enhanced activities, such as drag-and-drop, click-to-highlight-evidence, multipart items and multiple-choice, multi-select questions, increase the rigor and help students reach greater depths of knowledge (DOKs).
Research has shown that Achieve3000 can help students improve their performance on high-stakes state assessments, with increased usage of Achieve3000 often linked to improved test scores.
How do summative and formative assessments work in your Smarty Ants® foundational literacy solution?
Smarty Ants integrates both summative and formative assessments to place students in the program, monitor progress and monitor overall growth.
Summative Assessments: Smarty Ants starts with an initial screener, which places each student on a personalized learning path toward mastery of foundational literacy skills. A midyear adaptive assessment begins at the last level a student completed and is used to determine if a student is properly placed, needs remediation or can accelerate beyond the last level completed.
Formative Assessments: Once instruction begins, ongoing embedded assessments continually monitor student progress, as well as mastery of your state’s foundational literacy standards – all without taking away from instructional time. These computer-adaptive assessments are embedded into Smarty Ants’ lessons. Instruction and activities are automatically adjusted based on students’ progress to ensure that they are always working in their zone of proximal development. These embedded assessments also provide teachers with timely data for monitoring usage and performance, allowing them to identify the skills students have mastered and the ones with which they still struggle to guide instructional decisions and target individual student needs.
Achieve3000 includes robust reports and key metrics for teachers and administrators to monitor the health of their implementation, leverage data to drive instruction, forecast performance on state assessments and enlist families in their students' success.
How do I ensure that my students are on track for success on our high-stakes state assessment?
Achieve3000 is the only patented literacy platform that empowers educators to identify and implement the right level of support or intervention for success on high-stakes state assessments – allowing them to develop a personal success plan for each student from the very first day of school.
Through groundbreaking research, MetaMetrics®, developer of the Lexile® framework, has linked Lexile measures and performance on high-stakes assessments in over 20 states. Achieve3000 is the first platform to use this precise linking to forecast student performance. First, LevelSet™ quickly identifies your students’ Lexile levels. This data fuels Achieve3000’s proprietary assessment and college and career readiness forecasting reports, showing right away if a student is on track or needs intervention. This data also gives teachers an actionable instructional pathway.
Through blended, differentiated instruction, Achieve3000 delivers equity of access to core instruction, ensuring that every learner can build the essential skills needed for college and career readiness and test-day success. In addition to daily lessons, students receive targeted practice for your state test through the Challenge courses. Each grade-specific course is aligned to your grade-level state standards and features item types that mirror those on your state assessment. Technology-enhanced items (TEIs) add further rigor to increase depths of knowledge (DOKs).
How can I use my interim assessment data from NWEA™ MAP® and Renaissance® STAR®?
Interim assessments can provide a rich set of data analytics and student insights. Achieve3000 is the only patented literacy platform that can connect those assessments with a differentiated, personalized path of targeted instruction. Through our partnership with NWEA, only Achieve3000 allows educators to combine the power of using both Lexile levels and RIT scores to deepen differentiated instruction by targeting skills and concepts at a student’s precise reading level. Teachers can create personalized or small-group MAP Informed Learning Paths using Achieve3000 lessons with the click of a mouse, saving planning time and providing targeted skills-based instruction.
Our new strategic partnership with Renaissance, the leader in K-12 learning analytics, now gives educators the opportunity to seamlessly integrate the two instructional approaches for students in PreK through grade 12. As a result of this partnership, educators will be able to use the embedded and interim assessments to inform and tailor instruction across all tiers of intervention, while accessing deep learning analytics from the companies’ platforms to measure impact and efficacy.
How can my students track their Lexile growth in a meaningful way that motivates them to reach for even greater gains?
When students set their own goals and track their Lexile growth over time, they are more engaged in learning and more motivated to succeed. Achieve3000 provides ongoing opportunities for students to track their own progress and celebrate success through the Career Center.
By encouraging students to explore different careers and the Lexile levels required to be successful in those jobs, the Career Center helps them see a real-world connection between their reading levels and their personal goals – and motivates them to build their literacy skills.
How can I ensure that students' families are informed about their children's progress?
Every Achieve3000 student license comes with a free Home Edition license to strengthen the home-school connection and keep families engaged in their children’s learning. Available in English and Spanish, and featuring resources in 21 languages, the Home Edition allows families to view lessons, monitor the performance of all their children enrolled in Achieve3000 and access helpful resources to support their own literacy growth.
How do you ensure that students have mastered foundational literacy skills and are ready for the transition to reading comprehension?
Achieve3000’s foundational literacy solution for grades PreK-2, Smarty Ants®, uses ongoing and embedded assessments to monitor student progress. When a student has achieved strong foundational literacy skills and is ready to transition to more advanced reading comprehension skills and content-area literacy, automatic notifications within the program alert the teacher. Once students have mastered foundational literacy skills with Smarty Ants, they can begin the transition to the greater challenge of KidBiz3000®, which uses 100% nonfiction to build strong reading comprehension, critical-thinking and content-area literacy skills.
Achieve3000 has a 16-year track record of accelerating literacy gains for all students. A 2015-2016 national study showed students made double their expected Lexile® gains while increasing their college and career readiness by 80% in one school year!
What evidence do you have that your platform works?
Only Achieve3000 has a 16-year track record of significantly accelerating students’ literacy gains and dramatically increasing college and career readiness. A 2015-2016 national study shows that students who completed two or more reading activities per week (80+ per year) doubled their expected Lexile gains. Plus, an independent gold-standard study showed that Achieve3000 students made significant and substantive gains in vocabulary, reading comprehension and total reading skills. Achieve3000’s solutions were proven to be significantly more effective at increasing student reading gains than standard English language arts programs!
How do I measure success to see if all of my students are benefiting from Achieve3000?
All Achieve3000 solutions begin with an initial assessment called LevelSet™ that appears when students first log in to the program. This identifies each student’s initial Lexile® reading level and is followed by embedded assessments that continuously and unobtrusively monitor progress throughout the year as students complete Achieve3000 lessons. Data from the ongoing assessment for each child automatically populate over 30 reports so school leaders and educators can see the program’s effects at any time and use the data to inform and monitor the health of their implementation, as well as track college and career readiness. Families also have access to a smaller set of these reports so they can be active participants in their students’ academic success.
Additionally, administrators receive the data-rich biannual Achieve3000 Executive Summary Report, designed to help monitor and support student success. Administrators also have access to the Leadership Edition, an at-a-glance dashboard that provides key metrics to support a successful implementation. This dynamic dashboard is fueled by student data and allows leaders to monitor the health of their implementation and demonstrate success on a daily basis.
Access your Leadership Dashboard to
See an overview of your districts, schools and teachers at a glance.
Plan on the go with anytime, anywhere, any-device access.
Drive a successful implementation with 21 Key Metric cards that focus on essential performance and usage data.
Compare performance by school, grade level, teacher or class.
How do I accelerate students to make two or three years of gains in one year?
Only Achieve3000 has a 16-year track record of significantly accelerating students’ literacy gains, with students achieving two to three years of literacy growth in one school year. A 2015-2016 study found that, on average, students who completed at least two reading activities per week (for a total of 40 activities per semester) and scored over 75% or higher on the first attempt attained over two times the Lexile gains expected with typical instruction.
How can you help teachers maximize their effectiveness in the classroom?
Achieve3000 provides teachers with 24/7 access to a robust Teacher’s Edition with point-of-use resources and actionable data to support any blended learning model by minimizing planning time and maximizing impact. Plus, Achieve3000’s on-demand professional learning services provide powerful, ongoing growth opportunities and support for teachers and administrators using Achieve3000 solutions. As your partner, Achieve3000 will work with your school or district to create a custom plan that meets your unique academic needs and deliver sessions when, where and how you need them to make the best use of your time. For more information, please see the Professional Learning Services section.
The Achieve3000 platform focuses on content-area knowledge, academic and cross-disciplinary vocabulary, literacy skills and targeted test practice to bridge the gaps for students as they work to succeed across the curriculum and prepare for the rigor of high-stakes assessments.
How do you help students bridge content-area knowledge gaps as they develop their literacy skills?
The Achieve3000 platform is specifically designed to build literacy across the content areas. Your custom state curriculum features strategic science and social studies lessons – aligned with your state’s grade-level standards – to ensure that all students build content-area knowledge and disciplinary vocabulary.
Content-area literacy starts with Smarty Ants®, where students practice foundational literacy skills with informational science texts.
The focus on content-area literacy continues throughout elementary school with KidBiz3000®, which provides a mix of science and social studies lessons to develop background knowledge and the skills needed to better understand those materials.
As students move on to middle school with TeenBiz3000® and then to high school with Empower3000®, content-area courses are integrated with the curriculum to bridge the knowledge gaps in subject areas like earth and space science, life science, physical science, world history, U.S. history, geography and U.S. government.
Every Achieve3000 lesson features truly differentiated instruction, ensuring that each student works with grade-appropriate content at his or her individual reading level while also providing access to a grade-level version of the same text. This powerful combination empowers students to bridge these content-area gaps and acquire the critical background knowledge and disciplinary vocabulary they need for success in school and beyond.
How do you combine independent work and targeted instruction to build students’ vocabulary skills and increase their nonfiction text comprehension?
Achieve3000 has a unique methodology for bridging a student’s vocabulary gaps. In our foundational literacy solutions, students are exposed to the high-frequency vocabulary words needed to build a strong foundation for reading comprehension. Once they move to Achieve3000’s comprehension solutions, such as KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000 and Empower3000, there is a combined approach to exposing students to academic and cross-disciplinary vocabulary words:
At the beginning of each lesson, teachers have a list of vocabulary terms to introduce prior to students reading the article
Along with the differentiated article, every student has a personalized set of vocabulary words based on their individual Lexile® reading levels
Through the grade-level Stretch Article, students also have access to a set of vocabulary words at grade level
Teachers also have access to disciplinary and cross-disciplinary words, words from the Academic Word List (Coxhead, 2000) and Dolch sight words to support student learning
How can you help me group students based on their specific skill gaps and then differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each group?
As students move through Achieve3000’s signature 5-Step Literacy Routine, an embedded formative assessment in the third step monitors their progress. Every item in this assessment is aligned to specific state standards, as well as specific reading skills. Teachers can access a real-time report that shows how students are performing on your state’s standards and groups students according to mastery of each standard. It also includes links to a suggested list of lessons that provide further instruction and practice for a specific standard. This report makes it easy for teachers to review the data they need to target skill gaps, differentiate instruction and accelerate mastery.
Teachers who are using Achieve3000’s targeted solutions for intervention (Boost), English language learners (Access) and Spanish literacy (Español) have an additional report titled “How are my students performing on reading skills?” This report shows students’ mastery of 14 essential reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Like the standards report, it groups students based on their remediation with each reading skill and provides options for assigning additional lessons that address specific skills. Teachers are given instructional recommendations for advancing each skill based on students’ Lexile reading levels. These recommendations are ideal for small-group or one-on-one instruction.
How does your platform prepare my students for today's rigorous state and national assessments with both traditional and technology-enhanced items?
The Achieve3000 platform helps to prepare your students for your state assessment, as well as national college entrance assessments, by addressing three key challenges that these tests pose:
Text Complexity and Multiple Sources of Text: Today’s students are required to read multiple sources of more complex informational text. Achieve3000’s solutions accelerate comprehension of informational text through a targeted 5-Step Literacy Routine. Each Achieve3000 lesson has students working with multiple sources of text, with many lessons featuring maps, videos, diagrams and more.
Evidence-Based Writing: Students must compose evidence-based written responses that explicitly cite evidence from a variety of sources as proof for claims or arguments made. Achieve3000’s student routine is designed to build close-reading techniques for the explicit purpose of drafting, editing and revising evidence-based written responses.
Rigorous Item Types: Achieve3000 gives all students regular practice with the question types they will encounter on your high-stakes state assessment. In addition to multiple-choice questions, lessons feature multiple-choice, multi-select questions, drag-and-drop sequencing, click-to-highlight-evidence tasks and multipart items (Part A/Part B). ELA Challenge courses are available for each grade to give students ongoing and repeated assessment practice at their individual reading levels.
Achieve3000 provides flexible on-site, online and on-demand professional learning services to support teachers and administrators using Achieve3000 solutions. As your partner, Achieve3000 will work with your school or district to create a custom plan that supports your unique academic needs.
How do your professional learning services offerings differ for a first-year Achieve3000 educator and someone who has been using the program for more than one year?
Just as we provide differentiated instruction for students, we also provide differentiated learning for teachers. Teachers view Achieve3000 through different lenses: new or veteran; elementary or secondary; language arts, science or social studies; general education, SPED, ELL or intervention. Starting with an analysis of your data and district goals, we will work with you to identify the needs of each teacher to chart the blended professional learning path that will be most effective in helping to maximize impact – wherever that teacher is in the arc of implementation.
With our new modularized PLS sessions and innovative blended learning partnership with Dr. Doug Fisher, you can provide a variety of flexible learning opportunities to meet the needs of all teachers – regardless of their level of experience.
How can you help me provide professional development for my teachers even when I cannot dedicate full days to PD in my school or district?
Achieve3000 makes it easy to provide professional learning that fits teachers’ needs and busy schedules. With our new modularized PLS sessions, we can provide targeted support for teachers (differentiated by grade level, content area, level of experience or specialty area) on a given day – whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for them, whether in the classroom or during prep periods.
Achieve3000 offers a flexible, blended delivery model that includes live online sessions, embedded support in the classroom, guided professional development within the platform, on-demand resources and our new 30 Days to Improving Instruction video series featuring Dr. Doug Fisher.
What self-directed online PD opportunities do you have available to help extend my teachers' implementations of Achieve3000?
Achieve3000 provides a variety of flexible learning opportunities for teachers who want to deepen their mastery at a time and place convenient for them.
Achieve3000’s new on-demand professional learning tool, Ask Achieve3000, which is available within the platform, provides guided PD and instant access to hundreds of classroom tools and learning topics.
Our new 30 Days to Improving Instruction series with Dr. Doug Fisher features a collection of daily videos and tips on effective strategies for close reading and collaborative discussion.
Achieve3000 gives teachers 24/7 access to resources, tools, product support and other opportunities for self-directed study, including a collection of webinars featuring education leaders and experts.
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