Materials are well designed, employ effective lesson structure and pacing, and include copious review and practice resources. The Teacher Edition contains useful information, ample notations, guidance for implementation, and support for digital components. Full explanations and examples are provided, with professional learning support for more advanced literary concepts.
The role of the ELA/literacy standards in the context of the program are clearly outlined along with an explanation of the approaches of the program, including research-based strategies.
The materials also provide strategies for stakeholder communications to strengthen relationships with families and the community.
Regular, systematic opportunities for assessment are located throughout the materials. The materials align included assessments to the standards, however individual assessment questions are not labeled with an alignment. Ample guidance is provided for interpreting assessment data for application to instruction.
Independent reading based on student choice along with accountability measures is included in the program.
The program supports teachers with strategies for meeting the needs of all learners, including support for students for whom English is a new language, students with disabilities, and students performing above grade level.
The digital materials can be accessed across all platforms and most devices, though they do not appear to be optimized for use on a mobile device. The platform offers a variety of digital support pieces for teachers and students, including opportunities for teachers to customize locally and personalize learning for students, though navigation support may be needed to help teachers implement these digital components effectively. Some opportunities for digital collaboration are provided.