Technical Assistance Materials for Reading First Eligible Districts
New York State does not use an approved list of core, supplemental, or intervention programs for Reading First. However, LEAs must indicate on their applications the programs they plan to use for Grades K-3. Selected core reading programs must be based on scientifically based reading research, provide direct, systematic and explicit instruction in all five of the essential components of reading, address various levels of student need (e.g., accommodations, strategies, lessons for struggling learners, ELLs), present materials in a sequential, spiraled format that builds upon previously taught skills, and include whole and small group instruction.
The following materials from the Florida Center for Reading Research and the Institute for Development of Education Achievement (IDEA) at the University of Oregon, provide a framework and criteria to consider in evaluating core reading programs.
- Guidelines to Review Comprehensive Core Reading Programs (Florida Center for Reading Research) (348KB)
- A Consumer's Guide for Evaluating a Core Reading Program Grades K-3: A Critical Elements Analysis (IDEA, University of Oregon) (307KB)
Technical Assistance PowerPoint by ERRFTAC presented in December Technical Assistance Meetings: Organizing Schools and Classrooms to Teach Every Child to Read: New York State Reading First
New York State Education Department Technical Assistance PowerPoint: New York State Reading First Program Overview