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Differentiation That Reaches Every ELL Student

English language learner programs often face a double challenge: ELL students as a group have unique needs, but not every ELL student is at the same stage of learning, and each student has different needs and abilities. ACCESS features a patented method of online differentiated instruction that meets every student one-on-one with:

  • Grade-appropriate content differentiated to each student’s individual reading level, with 12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish
  • Native-language supports and linguistic scaffolds for Spanish-speaking students, including text-to-speech and bilingual dictionaries, built into every lesson
  • A specially designed 8-Step Literacy Routine integrated throughout every lesson to further differentiate instruction and build reading, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and discussion skills
  • Point-of-use teacher recommendations, lesson plans, and on-demand professional learning customized for the instructional needs of ELL programs
  • Optional courses with accompanying teacher resources that focus on phonics and fluency to build students’ English language skills
  • A strategic curriculum aligned to International’s grade-level standards for language arts, science, and social studies
  • SBAC Challenge courses for practice with test-taking skills and building proficiency with technology-enhanced items to help ELL students 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 these additional steps:

  • Vocabulary to help students build their academic and cross-disciplinary word bank
  • Discussion to encourage students to share their thoughts about the readings and use new vocabulary with our new research-based Read-Discuss-Read model created in partnership with Dr. Douglas Fisher 
  • Writing to guide students to put their thoughts in words and create shared meaning around a topic as part of the peer review process

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

  • Vocabulary, using graphic organizers, animated songs and videos, flashcards, and picture dictionaries
  • Fluency, using Read Aloud lessons and other activities to improve students’ reading and speaking skills, monthly assessments, oral reading rubrics, and system-generated reporting
  • Comprehension, using Just for Me lessons with unit overviews to target language and phonics skills, vocabulary flashcards and songs, prereading activities, a highlighting tool to aid in close reading, Reading Connections for summarizing and generating questions, and Setting the Purpose to aid in close reading and capturing evidence
  • Writing, using sentence and paragraph frames, online writing practice, text-editing tools, “include in your answer” prompts, and rubrics
  • Discussion, using sentence frames to indicate agreement, disagreement, or mixed agreement, listening and speaking rubrics, social feeds, and ideas and talking points in the Teacher Edition

ACCESS teachers will receive targeted training and explicit instructional resources, such as direct-instruction lesson plans and skills progression guides, to ensure full support of the expanded literacy routine and students’ use of learning scaffolds.

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-with:

  • The ability to use any blended learning model—station rotations, flipped classrooms, flex models, and many more
  • Online or offline learning with Achieve3000’s mobile apps for iPad®, Android™, and Chrome™ 
  • The perfect balance of independent student work and teacher-led direct instruction
  • Point-of-use resources and on-demand blended professional development so educators can spend more time teaching and less time planning lessons and gathering resources 
  • A free Home Edition with resources in 23 languages to make families active partners in the learning process

With ACCESS, learning is unlimited: students can complete lessons before school, during school, after school, during school breaks, at home, and even on the go!

Assessments to Track and Accelerate Language Development

It’s essential to know the reading level of each English language learner so educators can use the knowledge of where they are now to understand how far they have to go to meet college and career readiness targets. Students start ACCESS by taking the built-in LevelSet™ pre-test, which quickly establishes their baseline Lexile® reading level in English or in Spanish and helps to place them in the program. Interim tests and post-tests provide a summative measure of student growth for the semester or school year.

Throughout the year, ACCESS’s embedded assessments continually monitor student progress so educators can be sure their English language learners are experiencing accelerated growth. The formative Lexile assessment is embedded within the instructional routine. This allows the adaptive content system to automatically adjust text complexity to meet students’ evolving abilities while pinpointing skill gaps and recommending lessons for additional practice so educators can reteach or reinforce them without taking away from instructional time.

Developed in conjunction with MetaMetrics®, creators 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 Teacher Edition, putting reliable, relevant, actionable data at teachers’ fingertips for informed decision-making so they can:

  • Pinpoint essential reading comprehension and vocabulary skill gaps with the Skills Progression Report and adjust instruction with resources for additional practice on each skill
  • 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

School and district leaders can easily monitor their ELL programs, compare classrooms, and spot trends over time using the data in the Leadership Edition, including charts and graphs that make it easy to assess the health of implementations at a glance and 21 key metrics with critical data and clear action steps for maximizing results.

Proven to Accelerate Language and Literacy Gains

Only Achieve3000 has a 16-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 standard instruction, ELL students were expected to gain 76 Lexile points
  • Using Achieve3000 just twice per week, ELL students gained 148 points, double their expected growth in a single school year! 

In addition, an independent, gold-standard randomized control trial 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 in increasing student reading gains than standard English language arts programs

Notably, Achieve3000 also received a “strong evidence” of efficacy rating for middle and high school on the Evidence for ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) website.

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