NCSS ELA Updates

Welcome to SpringBoard’s English/Language Arts Program

With this text, students learn through reading, writing, and active participation in class activities.

Throughout the entire year, students will practice the kind of close reading and purposeful writing skills that will prepare them for future English/Language Arts classes and promote critical thinking skills they can apply outside of school.

Students learn academic vocabulary by using new words in unit activities. They also revisit each new word at the end of the unit to describe how their knowledge of each word has grown. To support your child in learning new vocabulary, you may want to set aside time to discuss new terms and your child’s understanding of those terms.

You can help your child by talking to him or her about the concepts in their text, asking questions about what he or she is learning and monitoring any reading or writing activities your child is asked to complete.

Benefits of SpringBoard


  • Emphasizes higher-order thinking skills that challenge them to aim higher and achieve more
  • Helps them personalize and own their learning
  • Encourages self-exploration and the application of learning strategies that work best for them as individuals


  • Embeds Pre-AP and AP teaching and learning strategies inside the curriculum
  • Provides specific guidance for differentiating instruction for students at varying learning levels
  • Offers high-quality, ongoing professional development that supports successful classroom implementation

Why Districts Choose SpringBoard

  • Enable all students to be college ready upon high school graduation — without remediation
  • Close the achievement gap among subgroups
  • Improve instructional practice and increase enrollment and diversity in AP® courses
  • SpringBoard is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and helps all students and teachers reach the goals of the Common Core Initiative.

  • Designed around research-based practices such as designing instruction with the end in mind, scaffolding activities to prepare students for increasing levels of rigor, integrating learning strategies that help students “learn how to learn”

Success Stories

Ryan Norman-High School ELA Content Specialist

My favorite comment that students make since implementing SpringBoard, “This is the only class that goes by so fast while we are still working.” They forget that they are doing “work” because they are engaged in a text that doesn’t seem like a traditional school book. Students become excited about embedded assessments and can’t wait to start the next one to see who they will be working with and what product will be developed. Students are learning common core standards while still being engaged in material. A fully operational SpringBoard classroom is a beautiful visible learning experience where students become active learners.

Adam Phyall

Social media and technology has changed the way educators must teach, how students should learn, and how teachers and students can communicate. Integrating technology into a classroom isn't a one-step process, nor is it an iPad in a students hand. Using technology in the classroom means without such technology, the lesson would not exist. By using the SpringBoard text, teachers are exposed to multiple ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. Springboard is designed with technology and media skills blended into each unit. By incorporating these skills into the classroom, teachers are on their way to building 21's century learning labs and preparing students to be college and career ready.

SpringBoard. (2011). Retrieved February 7, 2013, from http://springboardprogram.collegeboard.org/components