* Students are tested and placed in a group based on their reading strengths. This group then works together throughout the year to acquire the necessary skills to improve their reading.
* The students' reading fluency is checked daily and recorded weekly to monitor their progress.
* Test grades come from the average of 5 daily lessons. So, every 5 lessons, the students receive a test grade.
* A class participation grade is also averaged into the grades. Every student begins each nine weeks with 100% for class participation. They lose participation points for coming to class unprepared or misbehavior. Class participation counts as one test grade each nine weeks.