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Differentiated Instruction Motivates Students to Prepare for the Future: Achieve3000 Helps Colorado Springs Middle School Students Increase Lexile Measures, College and Career Readiness

Magazine article District Administration

Differentiated Instruction Motivates Students to Prepare for the Future: Achieve3000 Helps Colorado Springs Middle School Students Increase Lexile Measures, College and Career Readiness

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According to Achieve3000 research, professional firefighters have an average Lexile measure of 1260L. Hospitalists have an average 1440L. And would-be video game designers--the most popular career choice for District 11 middle schoolers in Colorado Springs--need about 1300L to have a shot in that industry.

This information is an important motivator for students, as K-12 Literacy and Language Arts Facilitator Dr. Shelmon Brown observed during a recent classroom visit.

"Every student told me where they were currently reading, what career they were considering, and how much they needed to grow to achieve that goal," Brown says. "This is exactly what we want--for our students to understand the power of literacy as currency."

Precision differentiated instruction

The district adopted Achieve3000, which provides precision differentiated instruction, six years ago to improve literacy and college and career readiness. Teachers assign nonfiction articles that correspond with a specific subject or skill, and each article is leveled to each student's precise reading level.

The articles and lessons are used as part of core instruction in science, social studies and English classes to support literacy in those subjects, Brown says.

"Students engage in collaborative conversations because they all read about the same topics," Brown says. "This can lead to an increase in transferable skills across all texts and content areas. …

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