New Elementary Core Reading Resource under consideration

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 8:30am

If approved, the district will implement this new resource in the fall of 2022.

At its Wednesday meeting, the Five Star Board of Education listened to a recommendation for a new elementary core reading resource that the district would adopt in the fall of 2022.

A core reading resource is what educators use to teach reading to elementary-age students. Following community feedback, work with a consultant through the Colorado Department of Education, and a recommendation from the Instructional Materials Review Committee, the district is recommending the Board adopt Benchmark Advance2022 as its new core reading resource. 

Benchmark Advance is a scientifically and evidence-based instructional program that would be used for whole group as well as small-group target instruction. 

“Early literacy is key to our students’ ongoing success,” Director of Literacy Trena Speirs said. “This resource, coupled with skilled instruction and professional development, has great promise for our system.”

The recommendation to the board follows multiple opportunities for community and staff feedback, including open houses with resource providers, and an opportunity for community members to come to the district’s office to view the materials and provide written feedback. The Board will take a vote on the adoption of this resource at its May meeting.