CNMI reading whiz students honored

By Lori Lyn Lirio

Achieve3000 student awardees. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

SEVENTY five public and private students from the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands have been awarded recognition by Achieve3000 for gaining highest reading level, it was learned yesterday.

The awardees – kindergarten, elementary and high school students – were given medals and certificates during a simple  awarding ceremony held at Kagman Elementary School last April 16.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction. For 16 years, it has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains.

According to Julie Eckard, Achieve3000 international curriculum and implementation manager, the company has been a partner of CNMI schools in achieving goal for the students to reach college and career ready and be globally competitive when they graduate.

“We have had amazing successes over the years – improving students reading scores and helping them do better in school,” Eckard said.

“The partnership between Achieve3000 and the school district is amazing. It has taken hard work all the way to administrators, the teachers, and the board of education. Everybody is working together in a partnership. It sets really clear goals and expectations and holding everybody accountable, which is why we have been able to have such great success.”

CNMI Education Commissioner Glenn Muña said the awardees were the students who met their lexile goal and the recognition was not just for students, but for teachers and parents as well. He said through the partnership with Achieve3000, they were building their students to become proficient readers which will help them do better in Math and Science too.

“We have seen improvements to children, most especially who have put a lot of effort,” he said.

Oleia Elementary School teacher Roselle Carreon said she has her students’ reading level improved tremendously.

“Not only they gained lexile level, but the program also improved their writing skills. Achieve3000 focuses in reading but then the learning extended to writing component as well.”

She said the program has helped the teacher monitor the children’s improvement.

“This year, I have 15 students out of 25 that have already reached the college mark, which is amazing.”
Saipan Southern High School students Ruth Park and Mark Regin Villanueva said the program has helped them with their studies.

“It helped me grown on my vocabulary. My lexile level, when I started the program three months ago, was only 1,100. I gained 300 points,” Villanueva said.

“Achieve3000 has helped her improve writing summaries and helped her improve her reading comprehension skill. Through reading, we also learn about what is happening around the world,” Park said, adding her lexile level now is 1,350 points.

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