Read 180

    Frequently Asked Questions




    What is Read 180?

    READ 180 is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, and assessment proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers. At Klinger, Read 180 is taught as an every day reading class. 


    What is the Read 180 Instructional Model?

    The READ 180 instructional model provides a simple and clear organization for the classroom. Teachers begin with whole-group instruction that engages the entire class. In between, students break into groups and rotate through three stations: small group instruction, modeled and independent reading, and topic software.


    How is comprehension taught in Read 180?

    Comprehension skills begin with an Anchor Video, where students watch a motivating video to gain background information and develop a mental model. Then, during the Small- and Whole-Group Instruction, each rBookWorkshop focuses on a comprehension skill and key Critical Reading Skills. Each Workshop contains three readings on one topic, with each one building on common vocabulary and comprehension skills. At the end of each lesson, students are assessed on their understanding of comprehension skills.

    In the software, the READ 180 program matches students with reading passages with comprehension levels that are within their zone of proximal development, and progresses them to slightly more difficult passages as their comprehension skills improve. As in the rBooks, students watch an engaging Anchor Video to develop a mental model of what they are about to read. Students can avail themselves of the clickable definitions to confirm and correct their understanding of challenging vocabulary. At the end of each reading passage, students answer multiple-choice questions as a vocabulary and comprehension check, receiving immediate feedback about their answers.


    What are the SRI tests and the Lexile Framework®?

    Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a reading assessment test. SRI determines the students’ reading level and places them in the appropriate level of the program. SRI also monitors student progress over time. Students will take an SRI four times a year; once in the beginning of the year, then once each marking period.

    SRI uses the Lexile Framework for Reading


    What is a Lexile®?

    A Lexile measure is a unit for measuring text difficulty based on the variables of syntax and semantic difficulty. Semantic difficulty refers to the level of familiarity or frequency of the text’s vocabulary and syntax refers to the level of difficulty in terms of sentence length. The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading that ranges from below 200L for beginning-reader level to 1700L for advanced level.




    Are Lexiles corresponded to grade levels?

    Lexiles represent a range of proficiency that relate to grade level expectations.

    Performance standard proficiency bands for SRI, in Lexiles, by grade.


    Below Basic






    99 and Below

    100 to 299

    401 and Above


    99 and Below

    100 to 299

    300 to 600

    601 and Above


    249 and Below

    250 to 499

    500 to 800

    801 and Above


    349 and Below

    350 to 599

    600 to 900

    901 and Above


    449 and Below

    450 to 699

    700 to 1000

    1001 and Above


    499 and Below

    500 to 799

    800 to 1050

    1051 and Above


    549 and Below

    550 to 849

    850 to 1100

    1101 and Above


    599 and Below

    600 to 899

    900 to 1150

    1151 and Above


    649 and Below

    650 to 999

    1000 to 1200

    1201 and Above


    699 and Below

    700 to 1024

    1025 to 1250

    1251 and Above


    799 and Below

    800 to 1049

    1050 to 1300

    1301 and Above


    What are Reading Counts points?

    Reading Countsis an independent reading program which combines reading practice and software-based reading assessment. The most important ingredient in increasing reading ability is to get students to practice reading independently. Therefore, this component of Read 180 is extremely important.

    Students are expected to read independently and earn a set amount of points each month. After reading a book students take a software-based reading quiz. They are given three attempts to pass the quiz. The quizzes are composed of 10 multiple choice questions. Once a quiz is passed (70%), reading counts points are recorded. 

    Books the students read are all given a point total. Point totals depend on the total word count and difficulty of the text.  For instance, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is worth 7 points. Twilight is worth 25 points.

    Important things to know about reading counts:

    • Students have many options with the types of books they read. We have over 16,000 quizzes! 
    • Students have three attempts to pass the quizzes in order to receive their points. However, they can only attempt one quiz a day. Therefore, it is recommended that the students finish their books before the due date in case they need more than one attempt to pass the quiz.  
    • Some students will pick books that are not worth enough points for the month. If this is the case, they may need to read multiple books in a month. 
    • Extra points carry over into the next month.
    • Reading countsautomatically generates a quiz that meets each student's reading needs.  The program takes the students lexile into account when generating quizzes.
    • Books that have been made into movies have been made “movie-proof.” Students will not be able to pass the quiz simply by watching the movie.
    • Books that the students read in school with a teacher do not count towards reading counts points. They will get credit for reading the book in regards to our 25 book standard. However, they will not be able to receive reading counts points. This program is for books they read independently.
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