Achieve3000 provides supplemental, online literacy programs for students in grades 2-12. At the high school level, Empower3000 provides cross-curricular literacy instruction in social studies, including topics in economics and government. All students have access to the same content irrespective of their reading ability, and instruction is available in English and Spanish. Learning List has recently completed reviews of Empower3000 materials at the high school level.
Achieve3000 provides literacy instruction tailored to individual student needs. An initial placement test identifies each student’s Lexile-based reading level, and text complexity adjusts as students’ reading skills develop over time. At each grade level, the program provides 74 lessons based on non-fiction articles that are grade-level appropriate and address student interests (e.g., Lady Gaga, basketball, the Titanic). Writing instruction is provided through Achieve3000’s Writing Center, which includes writing prompts and tools to develop grammar, editing, and revising skills. Writing prompts address narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument genres.
In interviews with Learning List, educators who have used Empower3000 with students said they valued the program’s ability to differentiate instruction, noting that articles captured students’ interests and enabled all students to participate in class discussions. Educators valued the program for its focus on critical thinking skills and its ability to prepare all students for STAAR tests.
For more than a decade, Achieve3000® has supported the individuality and potential of every student by reaching them where they are to help them reach higher levels of reading and writing proficiency.
Our fundamental belief is that literacy unlocks achievement, and that the key to improving literacy is differentiated instruction. Today, Achieve3000 is a leader in differentiated online instruction, serving more than one million students across the United States. In 2011, Inc. magazine included Achieve3000 on its annual 500/5000 list for the fifth consecutive year, the exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies.
Achieve provides web-based, differentiated instruction solutions designed to reach a school’s entire student population — mainstream, English Language Learners, special needs, and gifted.
“Achieve3000 believes that every student – mainstream, English language learners, special needs and gifted alike – can reach higher. That all students have the ability to improve their reading and writing. And that with this ability, they have the means to master the curriculum…to meet the standards set [by each state]…to be prepared for college and career.”
*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Achieve3000.