Elementary Literacy Adoption Plan

Elementary Literacy Adoption Announcement (updated May 2020)

The next elementary literacy adoption will begin in December 2019 and will be completed in phases. During this literacy adoption, teams of teachers and staff will review evidence- based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations for integrating new instructional materials into a balanced literacy program.

The timing and sequence of this adoption cycle has been adjusted due to teacher feedback and changes in state law, particularly E2SSB 6162, the law regarding Dyslexia and MTSS. Phase 1 will focus on Reading Foundational Skills such as phonics, decoding and fluency. In Phase 2 of this adoption, a second adoption team will review and make decisions about reading and writing curriculum together. This will not necessarily change the planned dates for implementing new reading and writing curriculum (see timeline below).

Goals: The literacy adoption will accomplish the following: (the following was revised for clarification on Nov 18, 2019)

  1. Provide quality instructional materials. Review and select Reading and Writing instructional materials to support a comprehensive, standards-based literacy program. Materials will be vetted for alignment to standards, our district mission and evidence that the materials effectively support student learning.
  2. Provide instructional materials for tiered supports in Literacy. Provide literacy materials that support multi-tiered systems of support for learning in the general education program with additional structured supports for students with reading difficulties.
  3. Provide evidence-based resources to teach Common Core Standards for Reading Foundational Skills. Information on these standards that focus on decoding, fluency and phonemic awareness.
  4. Comply with current legislation requiring the use of evidence-based assessments and instructional materials to provide tiered support in the general education classroom for students with decoding and reading fluency challenges by the fall of 2021. (Information about the dyslexia law)

The Literacy Adoption will be broken into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Review, select and implement tiered instructional materials for Reading Foundational Skills standards.

  • Select assessments and instructional materials to support instruction and tiered supports in phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency and spelling/word work. (Currently approx. 15 min/day of dedicated instruction with additional resources available for guided reading groups.)

Phase 2: Review and selection of instructional materials for remaining Reading standards and Writing / Language standards.

  • Review and select reading and writing instructional materials together to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive literacy program and explore opportunities for integration of reading and writing instruction. This does not preclude selection of separate reading and writing programs.
  • Propose an implementation plan. The current default plan would be to implement reading first in the fall of 2022, then writing two years later in the fall of 2024. 

Phase 3: Implementation of Reading and Writing instructional materials.

DRAFT Timeline: Adoption teams may recommend adjustment of the timeline for decisions and/or implementation.

 Phase 1: Reading Foundational Skills Materials SelectionFoundation Skills Initial Use Training          
  Foundational Skills Field TestImplementation of Reading Foundational Skills instruction materials
  Phase 2: Reading and Writing Material Selection Phase 2 follow-up if needed
    Phase 3: Reading Initial Use Training       
Reading Field TestImplementation of Reading instructional materials
      Writing Field Test   
  Writing Initial Use Training
 Implementation of Writing Materials