Achieve3000:
Making a Global Impact
By Lee Anne Housley
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ou may not know this, but Achieve3000 is a global organization currently serving 48 countries. Our International Team covers many of the world’s time zones and includes members from several countries.

Wherever you are, literacy matters. Our partners around the globe are looking for ways to accelerate student literacy gains and improve English proficiency. Equity to access, engagement to accelerate and data to drive instruction are key to meeting the specific needs of our students, teachers, leaders and families. Besides the unique locations we serve, there are some other important differences besides needing a passport.

Achieve3000 is a transformative solution designed to elevate mindsets and skill sets. Our solutions engage multiple stakeholders through culturally relevant content, actionable data, professional learning sessions and wrap-around support services. Our relationships extend beyond schools and classrooms into our communities through celebrations, books and school supply donations, natural disaster relief and cultural responsiveness. We believe equity starts with our schools and their communities by celebrating our diverse cultures, languages and experiences.

International Schools Continue to Grow

According to ISC Research (https://www.iscresearch.com/), since the year 2000, the number of International Schools around the world has more than tripled. There are now 12,000 International Schools globally, with over 600,000 educators teaching seven million students. While International Schools continue to attract expatriate children and their families as a preferred choice for their overseas K-12 education, approximately 80% of enrollments comprise local children attending International Schools in their home country, with a curriculum taught predominantly in English. The curricula taught in these schools are diverse and include International Baccalaureate (IB), United Kingdom (U.K.) and United States (U.S.).

Achieve3000 belongs to multiple international organizations such as East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), International Baccalaureate (IB), Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA), Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the Tri-Association for Central America, Columbia — Caribbean and Mexico. Our International Sales Team attends conferences across the globe to share our solutions and successes with potential and current partners. We have been supporting international students, teachers, parents and academic institutions for the past nine years with partnerships that include Pre-K to 12 schools and districts (public along with private and religious), Departments of Education (DOE), Ministries of Education (MOE), Universities and Private LanguageSchools. Our partnerships use all our solutions: Smarty Ants, Achieve3000Literacy, Actively Learn Achieve3000 Math and eScience. We currently support DOE partnerships in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), U.S. (United States) Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. We also work with the Ministries of Education in Bermuda, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Ghana. Our University partnerships are in China, Turkey, Canada, CNMI and the UAE, while our Private Language Schools are predominantly in China, South Korea and Southeast Asia.

Achieve3000 is a transformative solution designed to elevate mindsets and skill sets. Our solutions engage multiple stakeholders through culturally relevant content, actionable data, professional learning sessions and wrap-around support services.
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Achieve3000 supports multiple International Representative partners. These representative partners support schools in Turkey, the UAE, China, Mexico and Latin America, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Malaysia, the Pacific Rim, and Great Britain.

Achieve3000 supports multiple International Representative partners. These representative partners support schools in Turkey, the UAE, China, Mexico and Latin America, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Malaysia, the Pacific Rim and Great Britain. Our partnerships allow us to reach thousands of additional students in grades Pre-K to 12 and at the university level. We value these partnerships and appreciate the ongoing opportunities to collaborate and learn more about every community we serve.

International Growth Higher than Expected

According to our most recent International Lexile Study, at every grade level worldwide, students attained higher-than-expected Lexile growth when they completed lessons with recommended quantity and quality of practice. (See figure below.) This study included 55,181 students from 487 schools, representing 33 countries. These students had 3,481,310 total logins and 3 million plus activities. At the highest fidelity level (80 lessons with an average first-try score (AFTS) of 75% or higher), our students grew 312L.

The International Professional

Services team delivered 1,546 hours of professional services last year that included sessions for teachers, leaders and parents, along with Project Management, Data Analysis, Classroom Coachingand Modeling. Our Professional Learning Sessions (PLS) engage, elevate and collaborate. Professional Learning Sessions delivered onsite and/or online have promoted instructional continuity while meeting the unique needs of our stakeholders. Our sessions cover a wide range of topics, designed to teach and model the practices that accelerate literacy and math achievement. Many of our partners choose sessions beyond their product training based on their specific needs and goals around vocabulary, comprehension, writing, student motivation and more.

International Lexile Study graph

Our International Team, with help from Steve Tardrew, vice president of assessment and research, and Dr. Greg Gunn, education exam analyst, just completed our first China Lexile Study. We tracked Lexile growth that showed how quantity and quality work together to create acceleration and English proficiency. The study focused on a sample of 19,253 students (about the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) in China who completed almost 900,000 articles with an average first-try score of 71% and over one million log-ins. These students were from 30 cities in 16 Chinese provinces.

Parent engagement is an important part of our international work. In China, we have the largest number of parent accounts in our organization. Especially now, during these unprecedented times, we recognize the need to stay connected with our families. To provide ongoing support, we continue to translate resources for teachers and parents into simplified Chinese. These resources include videos, instructions, tip cards and more.

Any Way You Get There

As you can imagine, travel can be interesting for our International Team. Some locations require multiple connections, along with some small airplanes, trains, and even boats. We love seeing our schools and students in person and celebrating their Lexile growth. Onsite days are great ways for us to strengthen relationships and instructional practices, learn more about our partners and ensure intentional use of our solutions to increase literacy achievement for all students.

The global impact of Achieve3000 has been accomplished through partnerships that celebrate diverse cultures, languages and experiences. Equitable access for all students will continue to be key along with content, services and data that promote cultural relevance and respect. These unprecedented times will continue to challenge all of us in education to think flexibly, use data wisely, promote evidence-based practices and create instructional continuity. By doing so, we model for our students and families the importance of resilience, collaboration and celebration in the face of adversity.

About the Author

Lee Anne Housley is the VP of International Professional Services at Achieve3000.