Accelerate Literacy Gains for Every English Learner

All English language learners, from beginner to advanced, can meet International’s grade-level standards and prepare for college and career success with Access from Achieve3000®. Available for Grades 2-12!  

Differentiation that Reaches Every ELL Student

English language learner programs often face a double challenge: as a group, ELL students have unique needs – but frequently are at different stages of learning, with very different skill sets and ability levels. Access leverages a patented method of online differentiated instruction to meet every student one-on-one:

  • The same grade-appropriate content is tailored to each student’s reading level and learning needs
  • Lessons feature multiple sources of nonfiction text, differentiated at 12 levels in English and 7 in Spanish
  • Native-language supports and linguistic scaffolds for Spanish-speaking students, including text-to-audio and bilingual dictionaries, are built into every lesson
  • Specially designed 8-Step Literacy Routine builds reading, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and discussion skills
  • Optional courses focus on phonics and fluency to build students’ English language skills
  • Strategic curriculum is aligned to International’s grade-level standards for language arts, science and social studies
  • SBAC Challenge courses help ELL students practice test-taking skills and build proficiency with technology-enhanced items to help them succeed on the SBAC

Specific Scaffolds and Supports for ELL Instruction

Access’s 8-Step Literacy Routine builds on Achieve3000’s signature 5-Step Literacy Routine with three additional steps through speaking, listening and writing:

  • Vocabulary for building a bank of academic and cross-disciplinary terms in both English and Spanish
  • Discussion for using new vocabulary words in authentic ways and building oral fluency 
  • Writing for creating shared meaning around a topic as students work through the peer review process

Access further supports key literacy skills with learning scaffolds and instructional resources designed just for ELL programs:

  • Vocabulary: Graphic organizers, dual-language dictionaries, animated songs and videos, flashcards, picture dictionaries
  • Fluency: Reader’s Theater, quick fluency activities, monthly assessments, oral reading rubrics, system-generated reporting
  • Comprehension: Pre-reading activities, highlighting tool (for close reading), Reading Connections (for summarizing and generating questions), Setting the Purpose (for close reading and capturing evidence), Just for Me lessons (for developing reading strategies using science and social studies content)
  • Writing: Online writing practice, text-editing tools, sentence starters, paragraph frames, “include in your answer” prompts, rubrics to guide student writing
  • Academic Discussion: Sentence frames (agreement, disagreement, mixed-agreement), listening and speaking rubrics

To ensure Access teachers can fully support the expanded literacy routine and students’ use of learning scaffolds, they receive targeted training and explicit instructional resources such as direct instruction lesson plans and Best Practice videos. 

Build Literacy 24/7 with Blended Learning

Many English language learners need extra time to practice their reading and writing skills. Access’s innovative approach to blended learning empowers students to build language and literacy skills 24/7 – anytime, anywhere and on any device:

  • Works in any blended learning model – from station rotations to flipped classrooms to flex models and many more!
  • Empowers learning online or offline with Achieve3000’s mobile apps for iPad®, Android™ and Chrome™ 
  • Provides the perfect balance of independent student work and teacher-led direct instruction through the Simple Rigor® instructional framework
  • Delivers point-of-use teacher resources and on-demand blended professional development so teachers can spend more time teaching and less time planning lessons and gathering resources 
  • Makes families active partners in the learning process with Home Edition access, which includes resources in 20 languages and is free for Access families!

In fact, with Access, learning is unlimited: students can complete lessons before school, during school, after school, during school breaks, at home or even on the go! 

Assessments to Track – and Accelerate – Language Development

It’s essential to know the level of each English language learner – where they are now, and how far they have to go to meet college and career readiness targets.

  • At the beginning of Access, students take the LevelSet™ pre-test, which quickly establishes their baseline Lexile® reading level in English or in Spanish and places them in the program
  • As students complete lessons, they take short assessments that are embedded right in the instructional routine
  • These formative Lexile assessments continually monitor student progress without reducing instructional time
  • Based on this information, the adaptive content system adjusts text complexity accordingly to keep learners at the “just right” level of instruction
  • LevelSet interim and post-tests then provide a summative measure of student growth for the semester or school year

Developed in conjunction with MetaMetrics®, the developers of the Lexile Framework for Reading, LevelSet is the only universal screener for the reading comprehension of nonfiction text in both English and Spanish. 

Data to Support – and Accelerate – Literacy Growth

Data from Access’s summative and formative assessments fuel the powerful, real-time reports found in the Access Teacher’s Edition. As a result, teachers have instant access to reliable, relevant and actionable data:

  • Tailor instruction according to students’ strengths and weaknesses – and quickly intervene to address skill gaps
  • Track students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards and forecast their readiness for the SBAC
  • Identify which students are on track for college and career readiness targets – and which need extra support to achieve grade-level goals

This real-time student data also powers the Leadership Edition, ensuring school and district leaders can easily monitor their ELL programs, compare classrooms and spot trends over time.

  • At-a-glance dashboard with highly visual charts and graphs for today’s busy school administrators
  • 21 key metrics help administrators focus on the most impactful data – complete with clear action steps for maximizing results
  • Easily monitor the health of the Achieve3000 implementation and demonstrate success on a daily basis

Proven to Accelerate Language and Literacy Gains

Only Achieve3000 has a 15-year track record of accelerating reading gains for students of all ages and ability levels. In fact, a nationwide study measured English language learners’ reading gains over the course of the 2014-2015 school year and found that:

  • With typical instruction, ELL students were expected to grow 76 Lexile points
  • Using Achieve3000 as little as twice per week, ELL students grew by 148 points – double their expected gains in a single school year! 

Moreover, a third-party organization conducted an independent, gold-standard randomized control trial of Achieve3000 and found that:

  • Learning gains of students who used Achieve3000 were statistically significant and substantively important on the GMRT-4 Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension and Total Reading tests
  • Achieve3000 is significantly more effective at increasing student reading gains than standard English language arts programs
  • Effect sizes met the What Works Clearinghouse threshold of 0.25 in all areas

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