A three-pronged approach is proven to assist at-risk elementary students catch up to grade level reading:
- Collaboration with School Leadership
- After School Tutoring
- Advanced Teacher Training
Collaboration with School Leadership
By partnering with campus leadership, Catch Up & Read is having a positive impact on reading for every child on campus.
Catch Up & Read collaborates on a weekly basis with school leadership to design and implement data driven instruction (DDI) and to ensure alignment and accountability for results. Catch Up & Read equips our teachers so that proven reading strategies are implemented with fidelity. Teacher trainings occur weekly and monthly accountability meetings are held between Catch Up & Read, the Principal and Lead Teacher. Additionally, Catch Up & Read assists teachers and campus leadership to interpret data and implement continuous improvement in our intervention approach.
After School Tutoring
Teachers are excited about using blended learning as a reading intervention tool. Students are found to be more motivated with this model, which combines fun reading software with one-to-one instruction from their teacher.
Catch Up & Read utilizes ISIP diagnostic assessments to group at-risk students according to their deficiencies in 8:1 student/teacher groups. Real time data is then used to inform individualized instruction, adhering to Paul Bambrick’s model for Data Driven Instruction (“DDI”). After school class time includes both teacher directed lessons and computer learning modules. Ongoing accountability to data enables each campus to be proactive in managing successful outcomes.
Students in mastery learning programs show INCREASED GAINS in achievement over other traditional instruction programs AND RETAIN what they learn longer in both short-term and long-term studies. — [Guskey & Gates “Synthesis of Research”]
Low performing students generally do not grasp concepts the first, second, or perhaps third time a teacher delivers the lesson. Research shows that hard to reach students require the skills of a professional who can pick up cues and adjust their presentations effectively.
Diagnostic Assessments Inform Data Driven Instruction
Catch Up & Read adopted Istation’s “ISIP” diagnostic assessment to evaluate the reading level of 100% of the students on each campus. ISIP is endorsed by Texas Education Association and Dallas ISD and shows strong correlations with Texas’ STAAR assessment. Coupled with teacher recommendations, ISIP results are used to determine which students are behind grade level reading (Tier 2 & Tier 3) and eligible to participate in Catch Up & Read.
In 2012, Texas Education Association selected Istation’s ISIP assessment as the diagnostic measure for Texas public school students. Each student in grades K-8 is required to have assessments at the beginning, middle and end of the school year.
While gathering data three times a year is a first step in identifying where Texas students stand, it falls short of using this data to be proactive in addressing intervention. Having individualized assessment data available to teachers on a real time basis, allows professionals to:
- Pinpoint deficiencies
- Group students for maximum effectiveness
- Develop a credible intervention strategy
- Determine efficacy of their efforts.
Istation’s ISIP Assessment and curriculum are standards and research-based, facilitating response to intervention tier levels, individualized instruction, and real time progress monitoring for reading intervention.
Low performing students generally do not grasp concepts the first, second, or perhaps third time a teacher delivers the lesson. Therefore, after school intervention which is professionally delivered captures low performing students before they fall further behind grade level reading.
Istation is a leading provider of richly-animated and interactive computer adaptive assessments (known as “ISIP™”, Istation’s Indicators of Progress), differentiated computer-delivered intervention programs, teacher resources, instant data reporting, and professional development for Pre K-12 students and educators. Istation’s products are standards-based and research-based facilitating response to intervention, personalized and differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring, differentiated, computerized reading intervention program.
About Istation’s Indicators of Progress ISIP
In 2012, Texas Education Association selected Istation’s ISIP assessment as the diagnostic measure for Texas public school students. Each student in grades K-8 is required to have assessments at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. While this is a first step in identifying where Texas students stand, it does go to the next step of using this data to in inform instruction. Having assessment data available to teachers on a real time basis, allows professionals to specifically target deficiencies and inform great instruction. Istation’s ISIP Assessment and curriculum are standards and research-based, facilitating response to intervention, individualized instruction, and real time progress monitoring for reading intervention.
Advanced Teacher Training
By equipping teachers, Catch Up & Read is leveraging the research driven impact to reach 100% of the students on campus.
Thirty years ago, approximately 10% of students in the classroom were considered low performing. Today, this number has risen to approximately 90%. With emerging technology, teachers are able to deliver individualized material based upon ongoing computerized assessments for each student. Professional development significantly impacts the teachers ability to utilize this technology. Teachers are paid for their participation.
Teachers report strong improvement with Catch Up & Read students and have found the following effective:
- Small teacher/student ratios
- Students grouped according to deficiencies
- Immediate access to assessment results
- Sharing best practices
- Tools for successfully implementing small group instruction
Teacher enthusiasm has translated back to their regular classroom to extend Catch Up & Read’s reach to all students on campus.
Should a student not be able to grasp a lesson, professional teachers are able to adjust their delivery in order to reach the intended mastery of each student.