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Nationally Recognized Resource for Rigorous, Independent Reviews Gives EL Education Curriculum Highest Marks

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    Alexis Margolin

In its first-ever review of English Language Arts curriculum, EdReports.org (EdReports), a national nonprofit that independently reviews instructional materials, gave our middle school curriculum its highest marks!

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EdReports, which has been called the Consumer Reports of educational resources, announced that EL Education’s Expeditionary Learning Grades 6-8 Curriculum received the highest overall score in its review of middle school curricula. (300 out of a possible 306 points).

The EdReports review panel, made up entirely of teachers selected through a highly-competitive, national application process and using rigorous scoring criteria, found that in addition to building students’ knowledge and skills, our curriculum provides students with opportunities to address real-world issues in their communities.

In Baltimore, the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, which serves a historically underserved urban population, saw significant growth in its students after using our ELA curriculum. “EL Education’s curriculum challenges students to think through tough questions and come up with thoughtful and deep answers. Students have to defend their answers and the evidence they're using to support them, which pushes them to think outside the box and grapple with ideas they never considered before,” said Erika Brockman, executive director of Southwest Baltimore Charter School. “Because our students are consistently challenged to think on a higher level, they are prepared to use the same kind of thinking in high school, college and life.”

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