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Reading Department Overview

Category: Reading, Department Overviews
Description: All students must have strong literacy skills to ensure academic success, future economic opportunities, and the development of self-sufficiency to thrive in the 21st Century. Our courses are designed to provide intensive and explicit instruction for students struggling to master basic reading skills. Students are placed in courses based on their performance on the SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) and SPI (Scholastic Phonics Inventory) standardized tests, their score on the ELA portion of the MCAS exams, diagnostic assessments, as well as their academic history and teacher recommendations.

We use five placement levels:

  • Students with Lexile levels below 300, with scores below Advance Decoder on SPI testing, are placed in System 44;
  • Students with Lexile levels below 500 are placed in Read 180 Lab;
  • Students with Lexile levels between 500 and 700 are placed in Read 180B;
  • Students with Lexile levels between 700 and 900 are placed in Read 180A;
  • Students who have completed Read 180A or Read 180B but still score below 900 are placed in Read 180 2.

The Reading Department curriculum is aligned with the current Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.


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System 44

Course Number: C1008
Category: Reading
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is designed for students reading five or more years below grade level and are struggling with the basic concepts of print. Coursework emphasizes instruction in the five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, as well as the System 44 instructional program.
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Read 180 Lab

Course Number: C1006
Category: Reading
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is designed for students reading four or more years below grade level, but are able to effectively use basic decoding/encoding skills. Coursework emphasizes instruction in fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension development, as well as the Read 180 instructional program.
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Read 180 A

Course Number: C1001
Category: Reading
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is designed for students reading two to three years below grade level. Coursework provides direct and explicit instruction in reading, writing, and vocabulary development, as well as the Read 180 instructional program.
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Read 180 B

Course Number: C1002
Category: Reading
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is designed for students reading three to four years below grade level. Coursework emphasizes word analysis and vocabulary development, as well as the Read 180 instructional program.
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Read 180 2

Course Number: C1007
Category: Reading
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: This course is designed for students who have completed Read180A or Read 180B, but are still reading two or more years below grade level. Coursework emphasizes word analysis and vocabulary development, as well as the Read 180 instructional program.
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