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MCS Knights demonstrate marked improvement in national reading assessment

(MCS) — Mount Carmel School students recently improved their performance on a national reading assessment designed to improve interdisciplinary literacy. From August 1 through September 30th, and so early in the school year, 65 percent of students are already approaching, meeting, or exceeding literacy benchmarks for college and workforce readiness.

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A recent update from Achieve3000 revealed that almost 100 percent of Mount Carmel School students were making full use of Achieve3000’s cloud-based suite of interactive readings, formative assessments, and other resources that promote differentiated instruction and interdisciplinary reading for all grade levels.  MCS image
The assessment was part of the school’s participation in Achieve3000, a cloud-based suite of interactive readings, formative assessments, and other resources that promote differentiated instruction and interdisciplinary reading for all grade levels. In a recent report sent to the school, Achieve3000 CEO, Saki Dodelson, wrote that the program utilizes a “patented method of blended, differentiated instruction proven to dramatically accelerate reading gains for all learners.”

In addition to showing gains on the assessment, the update from Achieve3000 commended the school for engaging almost 100 percent of students in the program. In its update, Achieve3000 noted, “In a recent study, students who completed 40 reading activities on Achieve3000 gained an average of 113 Lexile points, nearly double the expected growth norms.”

School principal Frances Taimanao, was very happy with the update. Taimanao said, “We’ve been using this program for a few years now, and it’s very important that our students and teachers make full of Achieve3000’s ability to improve reading skills.” She added, “It’s all part of a growth mindset; as long as our kids stick with it, they will continue to grow and improve.”

Earlier this year, current 6th grader Leyonne Tolentino, was recognized by Achieve3000 for ranking as one of the nation’s top readers two years in a row. Achieve3000 consultant, Troy Akiyama, even visited the school to personally congratulate Tolentino.