Elementary Reading Programs Under Consideration

Elementary Reading Programs Under Consideration in DCSD

Last year, in order to prepare to meet the new requirements of the READ Act, DCSD selected three core reading programs to pilot in some of our elementary schools. The three programs were selected from the approved list of core resources from the Colorado Department of Education following a thorough review process, and these programs were formally approved by the DCSD Board of Education in the spring of 2021.

The three core reading programs selected were:

  • Benchmark Advance

  • Benchmark Workshop

  • McGraw Hill: Wonders


Currently, 12 of DCSD’s elementary schools are piloting these programs for the fall semester 2021.  In January 2022, DCSD will select core reading program(s) to implement in all of its elementary schools beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.

Prior to making a decision, DCSD is providing its staff and families an opportunity to become familiar with the three programs being considered. Here's how you can get involved:

    1. View the program materials
    Program materials will be available for community viewing from September 28 through October 31, 2021, at the following locations:

    • Castle Rock
      Douglas County School District, 312 Cantril Street, Castle Rock
      (Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

    • Highlands Ranch
      Highlands Ranch Public Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch

    2. View an Information Session with Program Vendors:

    • Benchmark Logos

      Benchmark Presentation
      An overview of two core reading programs from Benchmark Education: Benchmark Workshop and Benchmark Advance. Both programs are currently being piloted in select elementary schools in DCSD. 

    • McGraw Hill Wonders Presentation
      wonders logo
      This is an overview of a core reading program from McGraw-Hill: Wonders. This program is currently being piloted in select elementary schools in DCSD.

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