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Literacy Adoption Phase 2: Comprehensive Reading and Writing Curriculum

Issaquah School District has reached the conclusion of a more than 2-year process of selecting integrated reading comprehension and writing curriculum for grades K-5.    

The curriculum adoption process is designed to accomplish the following goals: 

  • Establish a scope and sequence for Elementary Literacy: Reading and Writing K-5 including a crosswalk to state language/literacy standards  

  • Recommend instructional materials and instructional practices for Literacy which includes Reading, Writing and Grammar  

  • Recommend Elementary Literacy Curriculum: Reading and Writing K-5  

Selecting the curriculum that will be the right choice for our elementary schools is our highest priority.

The ISD Comprehensive Literacy Adoption Committee met on March 28, 2024, and voted with 100% consensus to recommend Benchmark Advance (Benchmark Adelante for Dual Language) curriculum and materials for Reading Comprehension, Writing, Language and Grammar, Kinder through 5th grade. The Instructional Materials Council endorsed the curriculum on May 16, 2024 and then the ISD School Board voted to approve the curriculum on May 23, 2024. 

Adoption Process 

The Issaquah School District Literacy Adoption Committee set out to complete the following steps as they initiated Phase 2 of the adoption process:  

  • Step 1: Establish a Comprehensive Literacy Adoption Charter, selection of the adoption committee, review of comprehensive literacy research and literacy essential learnings  

  • Step 2: Review of literacy standards and scope and sequence, development of selection criteria, screening of resources, and preparation for field test 

  • Step 3: Field testing and materials selection 

  • Step 4: Materials for adoption presented to Instructional Materials Council (IMC)  

The Literacy Adoption Committee has currently completed all steps of the adoption process. Elementary teachers are poised for Phase 2 curriculum implementation starting in the fall of 2024.  

Michelle Pickard

Director of Teaching and Learning Services - Elementary
Administration Building