Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/19/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report on Contracts
Type: Info/Action
Subject: American Reading Company with Rhode Island Department of Education (Amendment)
Enclosure: American Reading Company with Rhode Island Department of Education (Amendment)
File Attachment:
MS Expansion_Request for ARC piggyback_August SB_ (1).docx
Summary: An in-depth review of curricular resources was conducted by the district. This review included a review of EdReports,
which is an independent nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all students have access to high-quality instructional materials. This organization publishes its free reviews of K–12 instructional materials, using an educator led approach that measures standards alignment, usability, and other quality criteria. The American Reading Company was rated “green” with the following descriptions:

Ed Reports’ ELA 6-8 Summary of Alignment & Usability States:
The instructional materials reviewed for Grades 6-8 meet expectations for alignment and usability in all grades. Lessons and tasks are centered around high-quality texts. Texts provided with the materials are at the appropriate grade level text complexity, and are accompanied by quality tasks aligned to the standards of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in service to grow literacy skills. Materials build knowledge and skills through integrated reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. The instructional materials meet expectations for use and design, teacher planning, learning of the standards for students and professional learning support for teachers. Standards-aligned assessment, differentiated instruction, and support for learners are accounted for within the materials. Suggestions for technology use are present. Overall, the 6-8 materials attend to alignment to the standards and to structural supports and usability.
Funding: CARES Act Corona Relief Fund
Recommendation: Administration recommends School Board Approval.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Clarise Brooks - Supervisor of K-12 Literacy
Signed By:
Christopher Petisce - Acting Business Manager
Signed By:
Zachary Scott - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Harrison Peters - Superintendent