AIS: Literacy Lab

Orchard Park Middle School

What is Literacy Lab?

Literacy Lab is supplementary literacy support for a period of time. In that time, the goals of AIS are to develop specific reading skills and strategies, to support student efforts with reading and writing in all their base classes, and to help students develop a life-long love of reading.

How students are placed in Literacy Lab…

  • ELA Final Exam & NYS Assessment Scores
  • FastBridge aReading (Comprehension)
  • Teacher's College Running Records
  • Teacher recommendation

Once a student is placed in AIS, the following assessments are conducted to further determine the individual needs of the student ...

  • Words Their Way Spelling Inventory
  • Fastbridge AUTO (Phonics)


Reading instruction relies on research that shows that kids need to read a lot of texts, with high comprehension, in order to move up levels of text complexity. In AIS, students work with support at a level just above their independent reading level to help develop skills and stretch readers to the next level.