The Scholastic READ 180 program is designed for children who are having problems learning to read, and it's a blended learning program that involves classroom instruction and web-based learning. Students in the program receive reading instruction and take assessments to monitor their progress, and teachers receive some training to help them effectively use READ 180 in the classroom. Students also gain training in writing and research.
Although the program is for any student who's a struggling reader, students who speak English as a foreign language or who have learning or behavioral disabilities particularly benefit from this program. The program has three stages, which are Stage A, Stage B and Stage. Each stage correlates to a grade level range. Students in Stage A are fourth through sixth graders. Those in Stage B are sixth through eighth graders, while those in Stage C are in ninth grade and up.
Some of the skills the program teaches include reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonetics, sentence construction, spelling and fluency. It is suitable for individual or group use in the classroom and is used in 90-minute sessions five times a week. Students take a placement test when the program is first implemented so that their reading progress can be tracked. Students also write argumentative essays, research papers and other works as part of the program.