New Curriculum Review: American Reading Company (ARC) Core

ARC Core product imageAmerican Reading Company’s (ARC) Core is a comprehensive, project-based reading, writing, and research program for students in grades K-12. Available in print and online formats, resourcesaddress the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (e.g., “Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction”). Instruction is organized in a workshop structure that provides opportunities for whole class, small group, and one-on-one instruction. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades K-5. [Read more…]

ARC Core presents instruction in four units. Unit 1 is a Literacy Lab and Units 3-4 are thematic Research Labs. At the center of instruction is the “Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA)” and “Evaluación del nivel independiente de lectura (ENIL).” These formative assessments identify each student’s current reading level in either English or Spanish and prescribe an individualized sequence of instruction to help each student master the standards. The ENIL is not simply a translation of the IRLA. Instead, it assesses students’ progress in the developmental sequence for reading acquisition in Spanish.

ARC Core uses individual student IRLA/ENIL data to project each student’s reading growth at the end of the school year, as well as a summary of growth across each classroom. Administrators can use SchoolPace to assess growth across classrooms, grade levels, and campuses. A “Data Wall” report provides an easy-to-read comprehensive view of data at the grade and classroom levels.

About American Reading Company*

ARC’s mission is to ensure every student is reading on or above grade level. Built and run by education activists, American Reading Company is a trusted partner of 5,320 schools and 1,070 districts in 50 states. ARC’s team helps strengthen district and school capacity at every level by placing literacy and agency at the heart of school transformation, through:

  • Expertly Curated Classroom Libraries
  • Thematic Inquiry Core Curriculum
  • K-12 Reading Instruction & Assessment
  • Teacher and Leader Learning

As a result, all students read, write, discuss, think, investigate, and solve problems at ever-increasing levels of proficiency. Their academic performance is accelerated and their life prospects are fundamentally improved.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from American Reading Company.

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