- Summary: Readworks.org provides K-12 teachers with a high-quality library of fiction and nonfiction passages that can increase reading comprehension (both literal and inferential), vocabulary acquisition and writing skills for learners. It is targeted at K-12 grade readers, but is easily transferable to adult learners because of the science, social studies, art, history and cultural content of its readings. Everything created by ReadWorks is “based on proven cognitive science research, not unproven academic theory.” Further information about the site's research base is on their website. Readworks has a comprehensive teacher guide to aid educators in finding the best fit components of the site for their classroom settings. The website also provides webinars- both live and on demand- for teachers to learn about how to use Readworks, and current teaching needs.
Proxy Hour Equivalent: One (1) hour per completed Reading Passage assignment or Paired Text (either online or printed PDF) for K-8th grade readings; One and a half (1.5 hrs) for 9-12th grade readings.
15 minutes (.25 hrs) per completed reading and written response from Article a Day/Book of Knowledge (K-8 only reading with written response)
15 minutes (.25 hrs) per completed Student Library reading and written response (This option has to be turned on by the instructor.)
Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent:
Score of 70% or higher on Reading Passage assignments or; Completion (any response [no minimum score required] verified by the teacher) of written responses from Article a Day/Book of Knowledge, Paired Texts, or Student Library texts.
- ReadWorks Monthly Reporting Form. This easy to use Google spreadsheet automatically calculates ReadWorks proxy hours. Simply input the number of stories/activities completed in the appropriate column(s), and the form will calculate the proxy hours by type. It will also total them. Please click on the link to open the file, then Download a copy as an Excel or CSV file for your program/site.
- A guide on how to set up and use ReadWorks can be found here.