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College College Data

Success at Ashland Community & Technical College, 2006-2010

At Read Right, we know that our college reading intervention program really works! We have seen students whose lives have been transformed because they can now read better. Their ability to read comfortably and comprehend reading material has dramatically improved.


Over a four year period, Read Right Intervention Program students at Ashland Community & Technical College (Ashland, KY) were administered the Test of Adult Basic Education as a pre-test at the beginning of each semester and a different form of the test at the end of the semester. Results follow:

Average Grade Equivalency Gain as Averaged Over the Eight Semesters

  • Read Right students averaged a gain of 1.7 grade equivalents per semester
  • The range was 1.4-2.1 grade levels of gain

Student Survey Results, 2009-2010 School Year

  • 99% of students stated that they felt they were better readers as a result of being in Read Right
  • 93% of students stated that they did better in other classes as a result of their improved reading
  • 93% of students would recommend Read Right to someone else who needed help in reading

Student Exit Interviews 2009-2010 School Year

“I feel I understand the books or passages I read better. At first I didn’t think I needed to take this class, but I am glad I did, because it has seriously improved my reading. I enjoy reading now:” – Jillian, age 18

“My grades in all of my classes have improved 100% since I started the Read Right program:” – Rachel, age 18

“Being a student in the Read Right program has helped me out tremendously. I am now helping my 9-year-old become an excellent reader. I enjoy reading now more than ever:” – Cindy, age 32

“I really enjoyed the class. I am more confident when I read. Before, I was in an abusive relationship, and he constantly put me down and made fun of how I talk. Now I am more confident when I talk or read:” – Betty, age 33

Success at Midlands Technical College, 2009-2010


At Midlands Technical College, Columbia, South Carolina, Read Right is funded by a Title III grant. Students served in this grant are those who scored the lowest on the college entrance exam.

Retention Rates

  • Fall to Spring: Read Right Title III Cohort = 95%; all other developmental students = 74%
  • Spring to Fall: Read Right Title III Cohort = 66%; all other developmental students = 35%

Success Rates (Earned a Grade of A, B, or C in Their Classes)

  • Read Right Title III Cohort = 80%
  • All other developmental students = 70%

Reading Grade Level Gain as Measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education

  • Read Right Title III Cohort = 2.37
  • All other developmental students = 1.86

GPA in Developmental Courses

  • Read Right Title III Cohort = 2.08
  • All other developmental students = 1.84

The president announced that, at ACTC, our reading retention data was five times higher than any of the other colleges in our Kentucky Community College System. Everybody was excited!

— Barbara Nicholls, Reading Professor and Read Right Trainer, Ashland Community and Technical College, Ashland, KY —