Reading Counts Success at Mt. Woodson

Mt. Woodson Achieves

Success with Reading


With an Academic Performance Index (API) above 800, high-performing Mt. Woodson Elementary School (Ramona, CA) is clearly doing a great job implementing programs to increase student learning.

One such program is called “Reading Our Way to College” and it’s designed to utilize Scholastic Reading Counts!  to help motivate and monitor student reading, and to facilitate student goal setting and personal accountability. 

Now in its eighth year, Reading Our Way to College has proven very popular with Mt. Woodson students. Once students’ Lexile levels are established, teachers set appropriate individual and grade-level point goals. Grade goals are correlated to a university-like “degree program.” Students earn a point with every Scholastic Reading Counts!  quiz they pass, bringing them one step closer to earning their associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctorate degrees!

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Teachers noted that kids love the immediate feedback of passing a quiz and getting rewards.  In addition to students earning their degrees, teachers provide other incentives to motivate students including free homework passes, one week at the front of the lunch line, pizza coupons, and “slack days.”

The program also demonstrates a unique partnership between the Mt. Woodson PTA and teachers. Parents play a pivotal role in the program’s realization and success. The PTA manages SAM reporting for each classroom; recruits adult readers to mentor struggling readers; provides on-going Lexile labeling for classroom libraries; provides degree certificates for reading graduates; and sponsors independent reading programs over school breaks!

This collaboration between teachers and students has resulted in a winning independent reading program and – perhaps most importantly – a school full of children considering the possibility of higher education. 

And when a first grader is on their way to earning their doctorate, the future looks very bright. 

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