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science based reading


What is the Science of Reading?

The Science of Reading is a body of empirical research regarding what works in literacy instruction. It emphasizes elements of both Word Recognition & Language Comprehension, which ultimately lead to Reading Comprehension. Based on the research, for anyone to become a skilled reader, from Kindergarten through Adulthood, proficiency in both Word Recognition and Language Comprehension need to be secure.

word recognition x language comprehension = reading comprehension

Why we're shifting our approach now

Elmbrook’s commitment to continuous improvement is evidenced by its 5-year review cycle of all curriculum and regular use of data to drive decision making. Based on our early assessment of pandemic learning loss data, a Literacy Team was created in January 2022, to identify short- and long-term solutions regarding literacy instruction. One recommendation from the Team’s work was the acceleration of the K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum review, which was conducted one year ahead of schedule and resulted in the proposal of new curriculum and resources incorporating a science-based reading approach to literacy in 2023.

What our current programming did well...

  • Produced high achievement results in District Pre K-12.
  • Embraced high expectations for every learner.
  • Provided high quality and responsive learning opportunities.
  • Leveraged a comprehensive assessment and feedback system to meet student needs.
  • Designed and engaged staff in robust professional learning opportunities.
curriculum renewal process

How our enhanced programming will address gaps...

Integration of Standards
  • Materials are comprehensive and aligned to the Wisconsin Standards for English Language Arts across all ELA domains (foundational skills, reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening)
Systemic & Responsive Instruction
  • Resources and training to diagnose specific learning needs along with targeted instruction to be responsive to those learning needs
  • We have explicit and systematic instruction of foundational skills for ALL of our early learners
Assessment & Feedback
  • Increased use of rubrics, aligned to the WI Standards for ELA, that are designed for reflection, goal setting, and targeted feedback
  • Students have greater opportunities to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways

Coming September 2023