System 44 and Read 180 are the reading programs that most special education students receive. Both programs were developed by Scholastic. The students first take an SRI (scholastic reading inventory) and/or an SPI (scholastic phonics inventory) in order to determine which program fits their needs. From the SRI and SPI, the students receive a lexile score and then are placed in the appropriate program based on this lexile. Here is an overview of both programs.
System 44: System 44 is a reading program for students who scored a lexile of BR (beginning reader)-400. The program can be used from 3rd grade through high school. The program helps students understand the system of 44 sounds and 26 letters that make up the English language. On a daily basis, students work through three different areas after receiving whole group instruction. The first area is small group instruction. In this area, students receive instruction on letter sounds/combinations and practice their skills by reading orally and completing workbook pages. The second area is modeled/independent reading. This area has the students listen/read to books and discuss those books. The students take a test on the book after hearing or reading it several times. In the third area, students work on software (computer). This software reinforces the skills learned and also shows the progression of the students in the program.
Read 180: Read 180 is a reading program for students who scored a lexile of 400 or more (mid 1st grade level or higher). The program can be used from 4th grade through high school. The program helps students become more fluent readers while also improving spelling, sight word vocabulary, and comprehension. On a daily basis, the students work through three different areas after receiving whole group instruction. The first area is small group instruction. In this area, students read various stories (with teacher direction) and complete questions/writing about those stories. The second area is independent reading. In this area, the students independently read books based on their lexile and complete daily reading logs about what they read. After a student finishes a book, the students complete a graphic organizer on the book and also take a quiz on the book. In the third area, students work on software (computer). This software is individualized. The students practice spelling, sight words, fluency, and comprehension while on the software.