Reading Department

    Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District

    Literacy Support Programs 
    The Plainview-Old Bethpage School District provides a rich language arts curriculum for students in grades K—12. For students who require additional support to master the critical learning required at each grade level, the district provides reading services to students on an as needed basis determined by student performance, local and state assessments.

    Fundations is a research-based reading program designed to develop phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, phonics and spelling.  Instruction is delivered for all students in kindergarten and grade 1 typically 30 minutes per day, 4-6 times per week. Students requiring additional support in these areas may receive further instruction either in small groups as a push-in or pull-out service 3-5 times per week in grades K-3.

    Earobics is primarily a computer-based reading program to build phonemic awareness of:                          

          ~ environmental sounds

          ~ phonological awareness

          ~ syllabication

          ~ sequencing

    Each segment is implemented up to three times per week for approximately 12-15 minutes for students who require extra support in the areas noted. It is primarily designed for students in kindergarten and first grade who need further assistance with these skills.
    Wilson Reading System
    The Wilson Reading Program is based on the principles of Orton-Gillingham methodology for students who typically have a learning disability in the area of language. Areas of focus include decoding, encoding and spelling.  Instruction may be provided in small group settings for students in grades 3-12 traditionally 3-5 times per week.

    ReadAbout is a non-fiction computerized reading program designed for students whose reading achievement may be a year below grade level, and/or at or above grade level. It may be implemented three times a week and is targeted for students in grades 3-8.


    Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI)

    LLI is a research-based reading program designed to help children with word study   and reading comprehension skills similar to a Reading Recovery program.  It is   delivered in a small group setting for   approximately 30 minutes daily as a pull-out service to students in grades K-3 who have acquired some reading readiness skills yet need further support to bring them to grade level expectations.

    Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
    AIS instruction may include phonics, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and writing-based lessons which focus on specific areas of deficit as noted by local assessments, classroom performance, and/or scores in the range of 1 and 2 on the NYS ELA exams in grades 3-8. AIS services are provided to students in grades 1-12 in small group pull-out/push-in instruction approximately three times per week.


    Read 180

    Read 180 is an intensive adaptive technology reading intervention program   designed for students whose reading achievement is significantly below grade level. The emphasis on instruction includes comprehension, word work, and writing. Independent reading and computer-based activities are also included as part of the overall program. It is generally implemented daily during a 90-minute reading/English block for students in grades 3-12. Class sizes are limited due to the intensity of the program.
    System 44

    System 44 is an intensive adaptive technology reading intervention program   designed for students in grades 3-12 whose reading achievement is significantly below grade level and require targeted instruction to improve decoding skills. It is generally implemented four times a week with a focus on phonics, decoding and spelling.  In some instances, this program may also be delivered in conjunction with the Read 180 program.


    Reading Milestones

    Reading Milestones was designed and constructed to minimize gaps students have in the area of language. Vocabulary, language structures, and comprehension skills are introduced in small and constantly reinforced increments. Reading Milestones begins at the most basic language level for severely language impaired students. The program introduces vocabulary, syntax, and idiomatic language in very small steps and reinforces this learning before introducing new materials. It may be implemented three to five times per week for students beginning in kindergarten through the grades as determined by reading performance.


    We hope you find this pamphlet helpful. If you need more information, please reach out to your child’s teacher, the building principal, or district administration.

                          Jill M. Gierasch                        

    Phone (516) 937-6321
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    Additional Literacy Information
  • Lexile Proficiency Growth Chart
  • Benchmarking Letter November 2011
  • Language Arts Literacy Levels
  • Scholastic Adaptive Technology Programs