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READ 180 Software: How Do Promotions Work?
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The READ 180 Next Generation software is divided into Lexile ranges, called levels.  For those of us using Stage A, there are three: Level 1 (0 - 400 Lexile), Level 2 (401 -600), and Level 3 (601 - 800+). As students' reading skills improve, the way they get promoted from one level to another varies, and it is important for all READ 180 teachers and students to understand how it works.

INITIAL PLACEMENT:
The initial placement of a student is done automatically based on their Lexile score (unless this feature is overridden in the READ 180 SAM Settings).  After the initial placement into the software, subsequent Reading Inventory scores will not directly impact the promotion process.

FOR STUDENTS IN LEVEL 1:
Students in Level 1 must be promoted manually by their teacher. This is done through each students' READ 180 Settings in SAM, usually based on Lexile growth (monitored by ongoing Reading Inventory Assessments).

FOR STUDENTS IN LEVEL 2 and 3:
Students in Level 2 and 3 can also be promoted manually in SAM. However, these students could also be promoted based on outstanding performance in the various READ 180 instructional Zones.

To be automatically promoted they must meet the following criteria for four consecutive software segments:
97% in the Reading Zone
97% in the Word Zone
97% in the Spelling Zone
96% in the Context Passage portion of the Success Zone

If the criteria mentioned above are not met, the student will remain in that instructional software level until manually promoted by the teacher.

TIPS FROM THE "PLACEMENT, ASSESSMENT, & REPORTING GUIDE":

  • If a student is finishing software segments in 3 or less sittings, and scoring well in all zones, you may want to consider bumping them up to the next level.
  • If a student has been "stuck" on a segment for more than 4 weeks, you may want to consider lowering their level.  
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