Finalists Named for K-5 Literacy Materials

Finalists Named for K-5 Literacy Materials
Posted on 06/15/2016
K-5 Literacy Adoption Committee members discuss materials

An adoption committee of families, staff and community members has selected materials from three vendors as finalists to consider for use in elementary reading and writing.

“All three finalists offer quality, authentic, and diverse texts as well as multiple layers of support for reading and writing instruction to meet the needs of a broad range of students,” said Kathleen Vasquez, Literacy and Social Studies Program Manager.

The selection of finalists completes round 1 of the adoption process. In round 2, the finalists will be field tested in 30 primary and intermediate classrooms across the district. The K-5 English Language Arts Adoption Committee will use data from the field study and stakeholder feedback to inform its top two choices. The School Board is expected to make the final selection in early 2017 in time for materials to be used in classrooms by fall 2017.

The finalists are:
1. American Reading
2. Center for the Collaborative Classroom - Collaborative Literacy
3. National Geographic - Reach

Ten vendors had submitted materials that met the district’s two prerequisites for consideration: The materials are grounded in Common Core learning standards and provide a Balanced Literacy Framework (a balance between phonics instruction and the whole language approach).

The committee then reviewed the materials based on several additional factors, including anti-bias and sensitivity guidelines as well as survey data from staff and community members. More than 1,300 families and 350 staff participated in an initial survey, and nearly 150 families and staff provided feedback on the materials submitted for round 1.

“The committee worked diligently in support of students, teachers and school leaders to identify strong instructional materials,” Vasquez said.

Read more on our K-5 English Language Arts Adoption webpage.

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