At ReadWorks, we are excited to unveil a new guide designed to assist educators in evaluating how our resources supplement English Language Arts (ELA) curricula, particularly focusing on background knowledge. We credit the Knowledge Matters Campaign for laying the groundwork with their invaluable 8 key components of knowledge-building for K-8 curriculum evaluation, which inspired us to craft this comprehensive list.
The educational landscape is undergoing significant transformations, with states such as California, New York, and Indiana taking substantial strides towards enhancing reading programs. California's shift towards a science-based reading approach has yielded positive results, and Governor Kathy Hochul's recent announcement of a science-based reading curriculum overhaul in New York by 2025 reflects a commitment to educational advancement. Additionally, Indiana has enacted a law mandating the use of science-backed reading teaching methods in schools. More than 15 states have evaluated their reading curricula, signaling a widespread recognition of the importance of evolving instruction methods.
As part of the ReadWorks mission to provide free resources that contribute to improved reading comprehension, we are thrilled to provide this guide to translate the scientific principles of knowledge-building into useful classroom instruction. Leveraging the 8 key components from the Knowledge Matters K-8 curriculum evaluation tool, we’ve created this downloadable poster showing how ReadWorks can effectively supplement in each critical knowledge-building area.
Written by: Melissa Calder Director of Marketing & Engagement & Dr. Susanne Nobles, Chief Academic Officer