Amplify, a publisher of next-generation curriculum and assessment programs, announced today the adoption of its early literacy suite — including the Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum and the mCLASS® Texas Edition reading assessment and intervention program — by the Aldine Independent School District, a large urban district outside of Houston, TX. mCLASS Texas Edition, a full K–6 assessment solution, is one of the only two programs recently approved by the state of Texas as a kindergarten diagnostic and dyslexia screener.
“We are dealing with a dual pandemic,” stated Dr. LaTonya Goffney. “The pandemic of COVID-19 and the pandemic of racism. The way forward is through literacy, a basic human right. For this reason, we are taking a very focused, research-based approach to reading instruction. With Amplify’s integrated early literacy suite, we are ensuring all of our students get the support they need to become skilled and confident readers by third grade.”
Aldine ISD sought a new approach to literacy that included a systematic process for teaching phonics and a curriculum that would strengthen student comprehension through knowledge and vocabulary development. The district also wanted a connected assessment to measure literacy development and provide intervention for struggling readers reliably. Ultimately, they decided that Amplify’s early literacy suite was the best solution.
Amplify’s early literacy suite is built on the science of reading. Amplify CKLA is a top-rated core curriculum that combines rich, diverse content in history, science, literature, and the arts with systematic, research-based foundational skills instruction for PreK–5 ELA. mCLASS Texas Edition is a comprehensive assessment with DIBELS® 8th Edition, full parity between English and Spanish, dyslexia screening, and aligned Tier 2 and 3 intervention.
“We are proud to work with the Aldine ISD team that is all in and committed to a clear vision,” stated Raymundo Rodríguez, south-central regional vice president of sales, at Amplify. “They are passionate about the work, deliberate in their approach, and focused on their objective to ensure that every child can read.”
Aldine ISD currently has 67,000 students, the vast majority of whom are students of color — 73% Hispanic, and 23% African American. Before the adoption, only 30% of third-grade students read on grade level, with an even lower percentage for African American students.
Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney stated that the district’s new approach to literacy would increase efficacy and equity.
Aldine ISD is the first school district in Texas to move to this literacy model.
A pioneer in K–12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves. Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help all students build a strong foundation in early reading and math. All of our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of every student. Today, Amplify serves more than five million students in all 50 states.
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