The ultimate goal for INSPIRE in our school is to get children to read more and at a higher level. The INSPIRE program was designed to reward kids for reading more. As an added push due to the INSPIRE program and the Achieve 3000 program we use, we are able to reward the kids for raising their LEXILE reading level. As the LEXILE level grows students are exposed to new vocabulary and more rigorous text. The more you read, the more your imagination expands and your vocabulary soars. The Achieve 3000 program provides students with a text that is at their LEXILE reading level.
Our mission during the 2015-2016 school year was to get students reading more! Through the incentive program, students not only accomplished their goals during the school day, but we also found that 72% of Lafayette students were so highly motivated by I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Rewards and Recognition, that they logged into Achieve3000 after school hours 2,739 times.
On average, the students that took part in Lafayette Academy Charter School’s I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Rewards and Recognition Incentive Program demonstrated a gain of more than 130 Lexile points. In addition to emphasizing the average Lexile score for each grade level that participated in the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Rewards and Recognition Program, the data that was compiled also zeroed in on students scoring within their instructional zone. The instructional zone identifies whether students are applying themselves and working successfully in the Achieve3000 Program. This zone has been assigned a score on multiple choice activities of 75% or higher. At the beginning of the program, Lafayette Academy students’ (instructional zone) expected growth average was 101 points.
That same source of data also suggests that more students were college and career ready (CCR) by the end of the year. The chart shows that 71 students moved from the falls far below category to both the approaches or meets/exceeds CCR categories in 2015-2016 school year. We can infer that the entering 3rd and 4th graders came in a bit more prepared and excited about reading this year, based on the higher Lexile Mean compared to last year in the 3rd Column.