Resource Introduction: Achieve3000
What is it?
Achieve3000 is a text leveler, basically. That means the service takes text and re-writes it at different Lexile difficulty levels for readers of different proficiencies. So, if one student reads at a third grade level, and another reads at a sixth grade level, they can read the same basic content, but expressed with vocabulary and sentence structures that fit their reading abilities. This leveling enables teachers to provide content that does not underwhelm or overwhelm readers.
But, more than that, Achieve3000 offers an incredibly rich system to support the basic text leveling service. Sure, it provides comprehension questions, writing prompts, project and lesson ideas, and more, but here are some truly unique offerings:
- System diagnostics and monitoring that automatically determine a user’s reading proficiency and raises or lowers the text difficulty accordingly without the need for the teacher to do so.
- Reading levels of texts ranging from the earliest levels of elementary to the end of high school.
- Access to a wide range of data on student usage and performance, including standards-based reports.
- Test prep lessons that incorporate paired texts and next generation-style questions.
Achieve3000 draws its content from the Associated Press and updates it frequently. The only major drawback to the service is the recency of content and its tendency to address conflict-oriented issues. Achieve3000 avoids serious conflict-based content.
How can I use it?
Achieve3000 is a reading program, so it should be used primarily to build reading skills connected to classroom content standards. Teachers using the content as part of instruction can use it to springboard into other learning activities or directly address reading skills as discreet and not connected to other content.
Check out this SDL post for details on instructional strategies and read the teacher showcases that explore lessons in our classrooms. Also, consider reading the SDL article series of differentiation, which addresses the principles underlying differentiation in reading. It addresses Achieve3000 specifically as well.
Who’s using it?
Sylvania Schools advised the use of Achieve3000 in classes across all content areas in grades 6-12 in the 2015-2016 school year. That means many teachers are using it with varying degrees of intensity. For extra help, refer to these experts:
At McCord, Kaitlin Sibert and Holly Nartker
At Arbor Hills, Jamie Holley and Sarah Benard
At Southview, Sam Stevens and Abbey Cappel
At Northview, Bethann Seifert and Jessie Minard
This video introduces the student experience for TeenBiz3000, the Achieve3000 product for junior high. High schools use Empower3000, which is basically the same.