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Independent study reveals that students who were more than one year below grade level made significant gains in reading.
In the Fall of 2016, McKinley CLA administered the STAR Reading assessment to its students in grades 6 through 9. The students who were identified as non-proficient readers, those students reading more than one year below grade level, were provided with the Altis Reach reading intervention software program. In addition, the Instructional Reading Coach at McKinley CLA participated in one day of professional development on the pedagogy, intervention strategies, research and additional tools and resources contained in the Altis Reach program.
The students identified as non-proficient readers were given access to Altis Reach starting in October and November of 2016. In January 2017, the Winter administration of the STAR Reading Assessment was delivered. The results of the Winter STAR Reading assessment showed that the 34 students who used Altis Reach had improved significantly. Their average improvement was .51 grade levels in reading between October/November and January. Moreover, the more students used Altis Reach, the more they improved. The 23 non-proficient readers who used Reach for at least four hours improved an average of .70 grade levels.