Great Ways To Bring Back A Conversation ” width=”250″ height=”80″ />Boston, MA, March 30, 2011 — “The new Reading Street will — in a Common Core world — help students move towards the higher level thinking and achievement that is a signature of the Common Core State Standards,” said Dr. Peter Afflerbach, a member of the national team that developed the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Also a co-author of the new Reading Street Common Core Edition, Afflerbach added, “This curriculum is designed to motivate and engage students while building their skills to understand increasingly complex and diverse text across multiple content areas. Our goal is college and career-readiness for every single child and this program has every component to make that happen.”
Available for the 2011-2012 school year, Pearson’s Reading Street Common Core Edition is the first to offer a completely focused and coherent compliance with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Pearson’s Vice President for Literacy Elizabeth Bassford said, “The program gets to the heart of the new standards by providing classic literature and non-fiction selections that meet the quantitative levels at each grade and band, as well as rubrics to support teachers in assigning qualitative designations to text. These rubrics were developed by Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert, a Pearson author and member of the Common Core Standards development team.”
Bassford added, “Teachers are provided with weekly assessments for their students that utilize a compendium of diverse reading passages to assess student understanding and knowledge transfer. Throughout the series, performance-based tasks help students demonstrate understanding in ways that will prepare them for the new order of the CCSS assessments.”
The program’s digital learning path adheres to the Common Core State Standards with built-in online assessment and reporting; interactive practice activities; texts that can be assigned to increase each student’s capacity for complex text; and multimedia practice, videos, and songs that are all linked to instruction.
For teachers, Reading Street Common Core Edition includes customized Common Core reference points throughout the program, highlighting how each week’s lesson fits with the tenets of the new standards.
Recent independent research confirmed that the nation’s youngest students learning with the Reading Street program outperformed their peers by 15 percentile rank points, or percentiles, from pre- to post-testing on the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE) assessment Total Test after learning with Reading Street for only one year. And the strength continues in later years through high engagement – the study revealed that fourth grade Reading Street students had more positive attitudes towards reading than their peers by 13 percentiles. Teacher responses in these studies include praise for the unmatched rigor and relevance of the program.
According to the study results, kindergarten students and first graders realized significant gains in comprehension and vocabulary – mandatory skills that have been singled out as most states transition to the new Common Core State Standards requirements.
Guidance on implementing the new practices in the classroom, professional development opportunities, and white papers on Common Core elements from leading experts are available for schools implementing Reading Street. Free, online training is available at http://www.mypearsontraining.com or through in-person professional development workshops that support all levels of school personnel during the transition from current to new standards.
Pearson, the leading education technology company, is creating a complete new system of instruction built around the Common Core Standards. Teachers and students will access the latest and effective digital learning technologies as they prepare to meet the internationally benchmarked college readiness goals articulated by the Common Core Standards. The new instructional system will engage both teachers and students within a learning model that enables teachers to assess students unobtrusively, diagnose their learning needs swiftly, prescribe personalized learning, and monitor student progress for continuous improvement in student achievement and teaching effectiveness. Pearson has as its mission to work side-by-side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career. For more, visit, http://www.commoncore.pearsoned.com.
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