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ND Reading Academy

ND Reading Academy is a program launched in partnership with North Dakota’s Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) and Waterford Institute’s UPSTART program to help kids acquire the skills they need to enter kindergarten knowing how to read. This is a program designed to supplement, not replace an already existing pre-school program.

How it Works

The program utilizes adaptive online software to target instruction for kids in the areas of reading preparedness where they most need help. Each student receives a personalized learning pathway based upon areas of strengths and weaknesses. The targeted areas include:
  • Phonics
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • Language Concepts
  • Fluency

Program Process

Below are the program process steps.
  • Child is enrolled in the ND Reading Academy Program.
  • Each family receives a care representative from North Dakota that provides weekly and monthly progress reports. The care representative is also there to provide support and guidance throughout the length of the program.
  • The child logs into the program with a parent or guardian 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Goal is 75 minutes of weekly usage over the length of a traditional school year calendar.
  • Child is prepared to read upon entering kindergarten.

Computer Requirements for the ND Reading Academy Program

This is an online course. A desktop computer, laptop, or iPad with high speed internet access is required.

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