We do Read 180/System 44 in my grade 4/5 mild/moderate classroom. My students do the Scholastic Reading Inventory test three times a year- and the test levels itself on the computer based on student response. I am pretty heartsick. Of my 18 students, only 6 showed any improvement. Of those, only two showed substantial improvement. Three showed significant loss. The majority stayed at zero- which is basically beginning reader. I have 15 who can read with some degree of fluency. Five are close to grade level. Some of it may be lack of motivation/quickly giving up to finish the test as fast as possible. My instructional assistant gave the test to two to three students at a time- they were required to read everything themselves, but she was there to tell them to slow down and take it seriously. I gave a fairly significant bribe- showing them the packs of movie candy available if their scores went up even one point. The test was given with fidelity. I'm learning some students are being read the test at other school sites in identical programs, and of course, their scores are significantly higher. All the same, I MUST be doing something lousy. I'd love input. I give no less than 2.5 hours of direct reading instruction a day in multiple forms. I'm concerned I'm giving too much, and not allowing students to think for themselves. Reading levels in my class measure between pre-K (my very lowest) and mid-third (my very highest) based on other assessments. What do you think? I'm glad for suggestions. These scores make me look and feel like a lousy teacher, even with the extreme range of disabilities and skills in my room. The students who lost points have major emotional issues and I could not build incentive in them.