The design of the materials supports appropriate lesson structure and pacing and can be completed within a school year that allows for maximum understanding. Units provide adequate review and practice resources, including clearly defined and labeled materials and activities. Visual design enhances learning and does not provide unnecessary distractions. Most lessons, questions, tasks, and assessment items note the standards alignment; however some ancillary resources do not indicate a standards alignment.
The Teacher Edition provides support for successful implementation, including clear explanations and examples, as well as information on literacy concepts included in the materials. It defines the instructional approaches of the program and the research-based strategies included. Materials also include support for stakeholder communications.
The program systematically and regularly assesses student progress, though materials include limited denotations of the standards being assessed. Routines and guidance for assessment are present, including support for interpreting assessment data and determining next steps for instruction. The materials provide accountability measures to support students as they engage in independent reading self-selected texts.
The program provides strategies and support for all learners, including English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and students who are performing above grade level. A variety of grouping strategies are provided.
Digital materials are accessible on multiple platforms and browsers. Technology is used appropriately to support student learning and foregrounds supports that provide a deeper understanding of the texts and text evidence they encounter in lessons. Opportunities for personalization/customization and teacher-to-student and student-to-student collaboration are available digitally, including customization for local use.