5 October 2015
5 October 2015,

READ 180-System 44 logosThe Titusville Academy this fall is beginning the school-wide roll-out of a new reading program. After a successful pilot of the program in selected classes last Spring, TTA will be using Scholastic’s READ 180 and its companion program, System 44.

READ 180 is a proven comprehensive system for raising reading achievement in Grades 4–12+, and support educators as they help struggling readers meet the rigorous expectations of the new standards and experience success on the new assessments.

The system combines a blended learning approach that includes whole-group instruction, instructional technology, small group instruction and independent reading.

TTA male student working on reading“The pilot program we ran was promising,” said Dr. Elford Rawls, TTA Curriculum Supervisor. “In short order we were able to measure significant growth in engagement for both students and teachers.”

The READ 180/System 44 program set was attractive because of its capacity to maximize results for the individual student. Rather than use a grade-level approach to matching students with texts, the program evaluates individual readers on Lexile measures that more finely tune the matching of texts, instructional strategies, and evaluations to their developmental capacity. The combined program has been shown to provide just-right, just-in-time intensive interventions that challenged readers need.


Using this program set, each student’s instruction and progress is scaffolded individually in real time, helping the teacher to target his or her specific skill deficits, and track and meet IEP goals faster.

Dr. Elford Rawls, TTA Curriculum Supervisor


Another important consideration in the selection of the program at TTA was its built-in technological learning and assesment environment. TTA has made a significant committment in recent years to the use of classroom technology and preparing teachers and students effectively for its use.

“The READ 180/System 44 program leverages the environmental and technological resources we’ve been putting in place recently,” said Rawls, adding “and we expect that to even further improve our students’ performance on PARCC and other standardized assesments that rely so heavily on technology today.”

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