Part research. Part technology. All results.

The Challenge

Thanks to an increasing number of children receiving systemic phonics instruction, 3rd grade reading scores are improving. However, 74% of 8th grade students read below grade level1  and 62% of high school seniors cannot read proficiently.2  This crisis is particularly acute among minority students. Only 21% of African Americans and 35% of Hispanic high school graduates can comprehend college textbooks.3

Our Solution

Meeting state standards requires an extensive vocabulary and a number of critical reasoning skills. One reason instructional materials in the K-12 market today are ineffective is because they assume that students have already mastered these important sub-skills of reading and don’t include them in their programs. Our program, on the other hand, focuses on the essential sub-skills of reading.

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Part research

The Read & Succeed curriculum is based on research conducted at Victoria University of Wellington and other leading universities. 

Our academic vocabulary program teaches approximately 2,854 high-frequency words that comprise nearly 87% of college textbook vocabulary. Recent research indicates that vocabulary instruction aimed at increasing reading comprehension is more effective when it focuses on commonly occurring words.

Read & Succeed has created a unique instructional interface that allows students to benefit from mastery teaching. Any word missed by the student is presented again until the student demonstrates mastery of each term. 

Our critical reasoning program teaches seven skills that help to deduce the remaining 13% of content in college textbooks, fully comprehend written material and more readily pass standardized tests. These are:

1. Recitation
2. Definition Replacement
3. Completing Syllogisms
4. Completing Analogies
5. Sequencing
6. Categorization
7. Inference

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Part technology

We’ve harnessed the latest technologies to create innovative software that makes building vocabulary and reading comprehension fast, convenient, and dare we say… fun.

Individualized Learning Plans

Students start out with very different vocabularies, so our software individualizes instruction and fills in the gaps in each student’s unique vocabulary.  Students are only taught the meaning of words that they do not already know.

Precision Teaching Interface

The innovative interface of our critical reasoning software does not prompt answers like multiple-choice questions do. It allows students to practice their critical reasoning skills efficiently. Students don’t need to type the whole answer, and so they can complete many more questions per minute. This makes better use of precious academic engage time. It also helps students improve the speed with which they can apply each skill. This type of precision teaching is essential for achieving skills fluency and long-term retention of skills.

Continuous Progress Reporting

Our accelerated learning system delivers continuous progress monitoring through detailed, daily progress and attendance reports for every participating student.

Computer on a pile of books.

Game-Like Experience

Our online reading platform is fun, interactive, and has game-like features. We use the power of curiosity to motivate students.

Our program will entertain and inform, allowing your student to:

  • Compete with friends for high scores
  • Earn badges for outstanding performance
  • Prepare for success in college

Learning doesn’t have to be dull and boring. We’ve made it fun!

Starcrosser

New in 2012, Read and Succeed has introduced Starcrosser, our coming of age adventure of cosmic proportions!

Starcrosser is an epic graphic novel that follows the story of a visitor from another planet Luq, who comes to Earth to save his world. In order to create the things he needs to protect his home planet, Luq must learn new vocabulary words in order to comprehend Earth texts. 

Students earn Starcrosser pages by tutoring online. This not only motivates them to keep tutoring, it also provides them with reading practice. Furthermore, Starcrosser introduces various careers through the course of the story, so students gain an awareness of the different trade and career opportunities made available through education.

 

All results

Dallas – Scoring Big

Pre- and post- TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) scores on 20 Dallas students who completed a substantial amount of the program before Spring 2008 testing were collected for analysis. The average improvement of the TAKS score was 83.

In a report published by the Dallas Independent School District, Read & Succeed was singled out as one of the largest tutoring providers with the highest passing rates on the math portion of the TAKS test. This indicates that our vocabulary and reading comprehension intervention improves student performance across all subjects, not just reading.

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El Paso – Improved and Inspired

It’s great to see our mission being realized at school districts across the nation. During a recent implementation in the El Paso Independent School District by our sister company, Tutors with Computers, 126 students in grades 9-12 were pre-and post-tested using the NWEA – MAP assessment. The increase in the average score of the whole group was equivalent to an increase in 1.7 grade levels.

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To develop our breakthrough vocabulary recognition software program, we turned to scientific research. Proven methodologies, discoveries and insights can be found in the White Papers outlined below. 

“The connection between reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge is strong and unequivocal.” (Baumann & Kameenui, 1991; Paul & O’Rourke, 1988; Stanovich, 1986). 

“Vocabulary instruction can be made much more efficient simply by focusing on more commonly occurring words.” (Coxhead, Averil (2000) A New Academic Word List. TESOL Quarterly, 34(2): 213- 238). 

“Students can learn roughly 87.1% of the words appearing in a college level textbook by mastering 2,570 high-frequency words.” (Learning Vocabulary in Another Language, I.S.P. Nation (2001)).

“Vocabulary has always been seen as one of the most computerizable of learning tasks, mainly because of the manageable size of the learning unit, and also because of the huge variance in learners’ prior knowledge.” (From Concord to Lexicon: Development and Test of a Corpus-Based Lexical Tutor. Cobb, Thomas. PhD Thesis, Department of Educational Technology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (January, 1997)).