Choosing Reading Curricula K-5
Resources for Districts Based on the Science of Reading
Choosing a new curriculum for your building or district?
Begin With Ed Reports, Continue With Rubrics
After Ed Reports, Use One of These Rubrics
You Can't Intervene Your Way Out of Tier 1 Problem
Michigan's MTSS Technical Assistance Center Curriculum Review Tool
IES Rubric for evaluating reading/language arts instructional materials for kindergarten to grade 5
Description: It is a tool for evaluating reading/language arts instructional and intervention materials in grades K–5 based on rigorous research and standards. It can be used by practitioners at the state, district, or school level or by university faculty involved in reviewing instructional materials. The rubric is organized by content area for grades K–2 and for grades 3–5. Each item is aligned to recommendations from six What Works Clearinghouse practice guides.
Use a Knowledge Based Curriculum
Let's Talk About Background Knowledge and Vocabulary
- Alignment with science and social studies grade level standards
- Use of text sets in units or themes, based on science and social studies standards.
- Rich texts, with both fiction and non fiction, organized in units or themes.
- Texts should be at grade level, with ideas for scaffolding to ensure all students can access grade level content.
- Explicit vocabulary instruction of both tier 2 (academic) and tier 3 (domain specific) vocabulary.
- Opportunities to write about and talk about the content to build comprehension