Unlike others in the market, ARC’s solutions—especially SchoolPace, the learning management system—are designed to bridge data silos. With its embedded formative assessment tool, the IRLA (Independent Reading Level Assessment), SchoolPace helps teachers build a portfolio of each student’s reading skills. Data is reported to all stakeholders, including teachers, school administrators, and district administrators. The system provides real-time, actionable insights into the skills and Common Core State Standards each student has mastered, and allows teachers to identify the key areas which a student needs to work on. “SchoolPace provides teachers and administrators with key statistics on student achievement, which are crucial to developing a plan of action for all students to accelerate their reading growth,” says Nate Smith, CTO, ARC.
While improving both reading skills and engagement among students, ARC’s strategy focuses on using their systems to develop literacy leaders at every level— district, school, classroom teacher, and family.
When you partner with ARC, you receive an entire balanced literacy system across grades, classrooms, and languages
Besides its technology capabilities, the company's modular and student-centered core curriculum, Research Labs, enables stakeholders—including students, teachers, and administrators— to personalize the topics of their choice in the curriculum. “With Research Labs, students can easily become experts on the topic of their choice and learn to apply grade-level standards to their reading, writing, and research,” explains Smith. Take the case of Chatfield Elementary School: Students scoring in the bottom 10-15 percent schoolwide on the MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) for reading were given an additional hour of reading every day integrated into their science and social studies classes. The elementary school decided to use Research Labs to provide rigorous and engaging instruction. The Research Labs’ leveled libraries of informational text and a carefully structured project-based learning format ensured that every student was successful. These students went from 18 percent scoring partially proficient to 88 percent proficient or above.
American Reading Company began with one teacher’s vision that all kids could read on grade level if they received the right practice and coaching. American Reading Company’s intervention and assessment tools have accelerated reading achievement in more than 3,800 schools across the country. Smith says, “When you partner with ARC, you receive an entire balanced literacy system across grades, classrooms, and languages.”