The Reading Edge High School

The Reading Edge High School is a comprehensive, cohesive literacy program that arms students with the skills and strategies they need to read, understand, and learn from content-area texts. Since the range of reading achievement is extremely broad in this age group, the Reading Edge High School provides programs for students from the fourth grade through grade 9 and pre-honors. The purpose of this program is to accelerate incoming students to a ninth grade or prehonors reading level and prepare them for success throughout the rest of high school. 

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How is the Reading Edge High School structured?

Students in the Reading Edge are grouped into separate classes according to their reading levels. All instructional levels of the Reading Edge allow students to progress at their own pace, as they gain pride and confidence in their own abilities. Students are retested approximately every eight weeks so they can move to the next instructional level when they master the current one. Instruction is consistently matched to students’ gains in ability.
Level 1 (first-grade reading level) focuses on letter-sound correspondence with decoding and word recognition in photographically illustrated contemporary text.

Levels 2 and 3 (grades 2 and 3 reading levels) use simple fiction, nonfiction, and readers theater to focus on basic decoding skills, improving reading fluency (the ability to read smoothly at an acceptable speed with few errors and good expression), building vocabulary, and improving comprehension.

Levels 4–8+ (grades 4 through 8 reading levels) use expository text, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and speeches to help students become more strategic readers and learn to respond to text effectively using the writing process. Focus is on instruction in four reading strategies (clarifying, predicting, questioning, and summarizing), building vocabulary and fluency, and on core reading skills such as identifying main ideas, sequencing information and events, comparing and contrasting, distinguishing fact from opinion, recognizing cause/effect and problem/solution relationships, drawing conclusions, and analyzing story elements and the author’s craft.
Level 9, prehonors and preAP levels: Students read a variety of texts, including primary sources; informational texts in science, technology, math, history, art, and social sciences; and essays, poetry, speeches, and short stories. These readings are typical of the complex text encountered in high school content-area classes, in textbooks, and on college entrance exams. Students receive explicit instruction in the metacognitive strategies they need for critical reading of these texts, stating and supporting an opinion, and connecting ideas across texts. 

What teacher supports are provided?

To help maximize the impact of literacy instruction and to minimize the time spent planning, the Reading Edge provides the following materials for teachers and students:
  • targeted, daily instruction for thirty-seven weeks at each reading level;
  • teacher-friendly manuals with detailed lesson plans to reduce class preparation time;
  • assessment tools to monitor student progress;
  • clearly presented lesson guides for students, which include team discussion questions, vocabulary activities, writing practice, and student readings;
  • guides to reading strategies for students; and
  • student team study and self-assessment tools.
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The Reading Edge program is built around classroom sets of nonfiction and fiction trade books. Schools purchase these separately from commercial vendors.

Professional Development and Coaching

One key to the Reading Edge's success is the in-depth professional development provided by the SFAF point coaches to support teachers' implementation.

Initial Training
A two-day initial training is provided to prepare teachers for a smooth Reading Edge implementation. The training focuses on:
  • instructional strategies embedded in the lessons to support the development of word recognition, fluency, and comprehension skills;
  • elements of the lessons that provide engaging images, routines, and the practice needed to ensure success for each student;
  • tools to assess student progress and adapt lessons to meet students’ needs;
  • cooperative-learning strategies that provide the practice and repetition students need at the middle school level;
  • social problem-solving skills taught to build a powerful and positive classroom (and school) climate; and
  • support for administrators and district personnel as they prepare to manage the program, monitor student progress, and support a high-quality Reading Edge implementation.
Goal-Focused Achievement Planning
Goal-focused achievement planning sets the stage for success. You and your SFAF coach develop specific goals and monitor student progress.
  • Every quarter, the Reading Edge teachers, school leaders, and your SFAF coach review student progress.
  • Goals and interventions for the next quarter are planned based on the data.
  • Your coach prepares quarterly reports on student progress for teachers, schools, and the district office.
Ongoing Coaching and Support

As the year progresses, you will have a variety of ways to work with your SFAF coach to review your progress and refine goals. The schools involved in the Reading Edge will receive:
  • quarterly visits by your SFAF coach, who will observe classes, meet with the Reading Edge teachers and administrators, review data on student progress, and set new goals.
  • follow-up telephone meetings with the Reading Edge coaches. These meetings support implementation of the program by providing teachers with further training, troubleshooting, goal-setting assistance, and help with assessment issues.
  • unlimited, informal telephone support for all staff members.

Scope and Sequence

The Reading Edge High School is a comprehensive, cohesive literacy program that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The Reading Edge arms students with the skills and strategies they need to read, understand, and learn from content-area texts. Click here to learn more about the Reading Edge High School scope and sequence.