Through renewed expectations for every student, new tools for principal instructional leadership, and measured parent involvement, Clinton Elementary School is making certain that African American males are taking the first essential steps toward college and career readiness. 100 Book Challenge is the reading accountability system from American Reading Company that is built around the Common Core Standards.
The program’s success at Clinton Elementary School is grounded in 1) renewed expectations for every student, 2) new tools for principal instructional leadership, 3) and measured parent involvement. Research shows that most students who are below grade level in reading are behind because they haven’t read enough. 100 Book Challenge changes this, as students are expected to read for 200 hours per school year and receive expert instruction from teachers in school and daily parental involvement at home.
With the nationwide emphasis on preparing African American males for college and career readiness, Clinton Elementary School is a timely example of transformational change that is actually working. Through the partnership with American Reading Company, Principal Rachel Ray has achieved measurable results in test scores. She has also ignited new, and essential, attitudes among teachers about their effectiveness and ability to close the achievement gap for African American males.
Lancaster and Laurens
~$140,000 start-up cost per school materials & 30 days of professional development
Title I, Title 3, AARA, School Improvement Grant (SIG), IDEA, 21st Century, Materials and/or PD from Operating Budget
The development of the program is based on the following research:
Longitudinal and quasi-experimental studies have demonstrated American Reading Company’s ability to empower teachers to close the achievement gap and improve student reading achievement. This includes a 2005 longitudinal study of nearly 16,000 students in Philadelphia public schools and 1999 and 2001 quasi-experimental studies of more than 3,000 students conducted by Temple University’s Dr. Joseph DuCette.
American Reading Company’s offerings have been positively reviewed by the Florida Center for Reading Research and were found to have no weaknesses. In school after school that has adopted American Reading Company programs, student performance has increased—often dramatically. After using the program for one year at Clinton Elementary School, African American male reading proficiency scores increased from 47 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2010.
Pam Atkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org