Imagine 95% of the students in your school meet or exceed state and federal reading proficiency requirements. They become more disciplined and engaged learners. Few require intervention. Life is good.
Project PASS is an affordable and easy-to-implement online training program designed to significantly improve reading scores. Modules implemented in grades K-2 help schools meet the Common Core Standard for phonemic awareness and phonics, building the foundation for reading success.
PASS complements existing reading curriculum and is not new curriculum or a pull-out that disrupts class schedules. PASS can also be used to strengthen the reading skills of older students, grades 3 and up, to help bring them up to grade level.
More high-need students than ever before are entering kindergarten and first grade already behind in the foundational learning skills needed to succeed. Despite excellent curriculum and the best efforts of dedicated teaching experts, far too many of these high-need early learners fail to achieve proficiency in reading.
Close to 90% of students who don’t read at grade level by 4th grade are at risk of never catching up to their peers (American Federation of Teachers, 2004). The Cognitive First PASS Program ensures that 80-90% of first graders achieve grade-level reading within the school year and significantly improves the chances that older students can catch up as well.
A child who reads at grade level by third grade is 4 times more likely to graduate by age 19 than a student who does not read, and 13 times more likely than a child in poverty who does not read. However, if the child who does not read at grade level closes the reading gap, the chance of graduating is virtually the same. The ability to read is a stronger predictor of graduation than is income level (Hernandez, 2012).
Multiple research studies have demonstrated that strong phonemic awareness skills are the number-one requirement for reading success (Torgeson, 1998). PASS intensively drills the phonemic awareness skill set. PASS is a proven, research-based computerized version of a successful clinical model that has trained over 40,000 students with remarkable results.
After training with PASS for just over four months, 15 minutes per day, 4 days per week, 83% of a class of high-need first-graders in a pilot-project school were reading at or above grade level; 55% were reading above grade level. The lead educator overseeing program implementation at the school said, “In my 44 years of experience in education I have never seen a first-grade class achieve this level of proficiency, not ever.”
At a second school, 95% (57 of 60) of the lowest-performing students, who had previously failed the state exam, were able to passafter completing our PASS+ Program, which trains phonemic awareness and other cognitive skills that support reading proficiency and comprehension.
For the student: PASS puts students on the path to reading success. The training builds confidence and helps students become engaged learners. While high-need learners stand to demonstrate the most significant gains in core learning skills, all students benefit.
For the teacher: PASS removes much of the frustration and stress of dealing with students who are not succeeding. The training raises scores and generally improves discipline, strengthening weak students to keep pace with successful students and creating an environment more conducive to learning.
For school administrators: Class schedules remain intact. No new curriculum is introduced. The system is resource-efficient and cost-efficient. The success of students and teachers reflects favorably on the school.