NATION’S TOP READER: Mount Carmel School 5th grade student, Leyonne Tolentino (second from left), was recently recognized by Achieve3000 for being one of the nation’s top readers two years in a row. Achieve3000 consultant, Troy Akiyama (left) presented a certificate of achievement to Tolentino, his teacher, Mila Calibo (right), and school principal, Frances Taimanao (second from right).


Mount Carmel School 5th grade student, Leyonne Tolentino, was recently recognized by Achieve3000 for ranking as one of the nation’s top readers two years in a row. Achieve3000 consultant, Troy Akiyama, visited the school to personally congratulate Tolentino and his teacher, Mila Calibo, along with school principal, Frances Taimanao.

Achieve3000 is a nationally recognized program that offers online literacy instructional and assessment services across disciplines to improve student reading. Mount Carmel School has been using the program for two years as a way to boost student literacy as well as encourage reading in various subjects.

Achieve3000’s CEO, Saki Dodelson, reach out to personally congratulate Tolentino. “I was so excited to hear about Leyonne Tolentino’s accomplishment.” Dodelson emphasized how important this accomplishment is, saying, “Being recognized as worldwide winner twice is no small feat and can only be a result of a lot of hard work. We are excited to play a part in helping Leyonne achieve literacy success.”

School president, Galvin Deleon Guerrero, echoed Dodelson’s excitement. He said, “We are very proud of Leyonne and his teacher, Mrs. Calibo, for demonstrating the great benefits of Achieve3000.” He added, “We also thank Achieve3000 for reaching out to our school community every year to ensure that all our students benefit.”

According to its website, “Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving millions of students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their precise Lexile® reading levels to deliver significant reading gains—often double-to-triple the expected gains. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000 patented online methodology for differentiated instruction provides engaging, nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learning, special education, adult learning, workforce readiness, and other instructional models. Featuring comprehensive English and Spanish language support and extra scaffolding for struggling readers, these are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts as well as state standards for literacy and the content areas. Achieve3000 supports 21st century education initiatives across content areas and is helping to put all students on the road to College and Career Readiness.”

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