Achieve3000 Level 1
Self-Paced Professional Development Course
What is Achieve3000?
This course will give new teachers an overview of the program to get started using the basic features with their students.
If you are not a teacher at Southwest Parke Schools, you are welcome to use this course! Please understand, however, that some of the content is specific to the implementation in our district.
How can I use it to enhance & transform my classroom?
Achieve 3000's company tag line is that they are the leader in differentiated instruction. Differentiating is how the program will benefit your classroom the most, but there are many other ways Achieve makes learning better.
- Students read the same information, but at their individual Lexile levels, allowing for class discussion of the topic with increased comprehension and reduced frustration
- Continuous progress monitoring and adaptive complexity of text to grow comprehension
- Articles are from The Associated Press, giving students authentic content
- Robust writing exercises tied to every article
- Meets the Indiana State Literacy Standards for Science, Social Studies and Technical Subjects.
- Achieve's 5 Step Literacy Routine is research-based and has had proven results globally and in our own district.
What are other educators saying about it?
Things to Read & Watch
Setting Up Your Classes
The video below will demonstrate the process for setting up your classes and editing them throughout the school year as students enroll and withdraw. Removing withdrawn students from your class list is important because it could affect data tracking. The cheat sheet might be a helpful resource for you to print and have handy.
The first time students login to Achieve3000 at the start of the school year, they will be directed to take the LevelSet test. This will measure their Lexile so that the articles they read will be at their own individual reading level. It is important that students take this test seriously, therefore it is important for you to prepare your students to take it. The resources below will help you do that.
LevelSet tests are typically given by the ELA teachers, as all students consistently have these classes. However, science and social studies teachers need to be aware that students who have not taken the test will receive it when they login and will not be able to access any articles until they complete it. This may be a necessary step before students can do work in your class.
A mid-year LevelSet test will be given in December, and a final LevelSet occurs in May. Please watch your email for announcements concerning the date ranges for these tests.
Show the appropriate video to your students to prepare them to take the LevelSet test.
How you introduce Achieve3000 to your class is a crucial aspect of the success of the program. Students need to understand why we use this program and how it will benefit them. Click the button below to access videos by level to help you introduce students to Achieve at the start of each year, even if they are already very familiar with the program.
Login to your teacher account and go through an article yourself if you are not familiar with the five steps.
It is crucial that Achieve is fully integrated with your direct instruction as you work your way through your curriculum. Achieve isn't a separate thing to squeeze in. It should be used by the teacher as a part of the direct instruction. (i.e. If the week's focus is citing evidence, use Achieve articles to teach and practice that skill. If studying earthquakes in science, find a real news story in Achieve about an earthquake to read and discuss as part of the lesson.) Here are some helpful models you can follow to incorporate this tool as a key content resource in your teaching.
The next video will show you how to run reports to see student's 5-Step Literacy Routine work, specifically comprehension questions and thought question writing responses. It will also show you how to look at the monthly Lexile changes for your students to monitor achievement and growth.
This chart removes the overlapping of grade level Lexile bands and shows you a simplified version based strictly on the starting Lexile measure for each grade.
Giving student grades with work done in Achieve is a tricky thing, since the program is differentiated, but our grading system is not. Grades are a reflection of grade-level mastery, so it is important that there aren't situations where students are penalized for reading above-grade level content. We have created district-wide guidelines to ensure we are consistent on some important aspects of grading, while still giving teachers flexibility and autonomy with their grading practices.
Keep Students Motivated and GrowingResearch shows that students need to complete at least two articles per week to really grow their reading comprehension skills. Because they will be using it so frequently and for so many years, you'll find that you are constantly needing to find new and creative ways to motivate students. One method is to have students analyze their own data, set goals and track their own progress towards them. The document below will guide you to resources Achieve has developed to help you do this with your students.
The Pinterest board below is a collection of ideas and pictures of great motivations teachers using. Email Rachel Porter if you'd like to be made a collaborator to contribute to this Pinterest board.
5 Keys To Success with Achieve3000
- Fully integrate Achieve articles with the curriculum through direct instruction. Have an instructional purpose for every article you’re assigning to students and specifically teaching reading comprehension strategies.
- Focus on the quality of work - constantly emphasize and strive for 75% or higher scores and reminding students that applying their comprehension strategies will help them reach that goal every time.
- Make sure students are completing at least two articles per week for the majority of the school year. (This may be a combination of work in different classes.)
- Quality over quantity - Keep #1 and #2 the priority
- Monitor fidelity of use (1-3 above), overall effectiveness (school and class data) and individual growth (Lexile gain by student). Students should track their own Lexile growth throughout the year. Make changes as necessary for success.
Achieve's Help Students Achieve Target Activity Scores flyer is a great reference guide for success!