Achieve3000 is a family of online literacy interventions that aims to improve readings, writing and critical thinking for students from primary school age to post-16 education. It involves all students in a class engaging with non-fiction texts about a particular issue each day, with the level of the text pitched differently for each student according to their literacy level. The interventions are KidzBiz3000 for Key Stage 2, TeenBiz3000 for Key Stage 3, and Empower3000 for Key Stage 4 and beyond. All Achieve3000 interventions use a daily 5-step literacy routine: first, students receive an email which introduces the dayís topic and encourages them to use prior knowledge; then, students derive information from non-fiction articles differentiated to their level; next, students demonstrate close reading of the text by responding to questions; then, students participate in a poll and discussion to express their opinions on the dayís reading; and lastly, students take part in a critical thinking activity which can lead to a focused writing task. Prior to using Achieve3000, students take a test to establish a baseline level, which is used to set the non-fiction passages they read at an appropriate level. Students complete regular assessments throughout the year to measure their ability to comprehend informational text.
Evidence Summary |
The Best Evidence Encyclopedia secondary reading review published in 2016 reported that Achieve3000 had a positive impact on reading in Key Stage 3.