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EL Education's Curriculum Receives the Highest Ever K-5 ELA Score

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    April Hattori

EL Education K–5 Language Arts has received the highest review score ever given to a K–5 ELA curriculum by EdReports!

Our nationally-acclaimed comprehensive core curriculum, offered by Open Up Resources, combines lesson materials and text study to challenge students to think critically about real-world topics. It has been designed as an open educational resource, meaning that it is free for schools to adopt.

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Considered ‘the Consumer Reports of instructional materials,’ EdReports is an independent nonprofit that reviews K–12 curricula for standards alignment and quality. Under EdReports’ extensive analysis process, a diverse group of highly-trained educators evaluated and scored the curriculum against detailed criteria for three categories:

  • Text Quality and Complexity and Alignment to the Standards
  • Knowledge Building with Texts, Vocabulary, and Tasks
  • Instructional Supports and Usability

Out of a total possible score of 696 points, EL Education K–5 Language Arts earned 668 points, making it the highest-rated K–5 ELA series ever reviewed by EdReports.

“Created by teachers for teachers, our curriculum imbues over 25 years of EL Education’s experience in literacy instruction that inspires educators and sparks students’ excitement for learning. This recognition is a testament to our mission to create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible,” said Scott Hartl, President and CEO of EL Education.

The EdReports review of EL Education K–5 Language Arts adds to the evidence of its top-notch quality. Recently, Louisiana’s Department of Education awarded the the curriculum with a Tier 1 rating, the highest designation given by the state in its teacher-led review process.

The curriculum, which has been piloted in schools across the country and adopted by districts such as Wake County Public School System in North Carolina – the 15th-largest district in the US–has been shown to foster strong student outcomes:

An 18-district study by Mathematica Policy Research found that teachers using EL Education’s K–5 Language Arts curriculum engaged students in more higher-order thinking after receiving aligned professional development—and that novice teachers using the curriculum were three times more likely to focus on asking students higher-order thinking questions.

Reading proficiency for students at the Scintilla Charter Academy in Valdosta, GA, grew 10 percentage points more than the state average after the school implemented the curriculum, according to a recent analysis.

“The EL Education K–5 Language Arts curriculum is extremely comprehensive, so the high EdReports scores come as no surprise. Since we began using these superb materials, I’ve seen my teachers shift to spending their cognitive energy to focus squarely on the needs of their students, because they have excellent materials at their fingertips and no longer need to supplement our curriculum,” said Stacey Cole, Director of Education Services for Fort Dodge Community School District in Iowa.

“In addition, we love the support for our English language learners, which scaffold to the same bar for all students instead of differentiating in a manner that gives some students less,” said Cole.

View the full EdReports review here. Districts interested in EL Education K-5 Language Arts can visit http://openupresources.org/ela-curriculum