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CKLA Three-Year Pilot Program Results

in New York City Public Schools

The following information links to results of our ongoing pilot test of the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program in ten (10) New York City public schools.  We have also included data on the program gathered by the Research and Policy Group of the New York City Department of Education.

CKLA Early Literacy Pilot K–2 Results

Core Knowledge Early Literacy Pilot K–2 (pdf)

Core Knowledge Early Literacy Pilot K–2 (ppt)

Summary of NYC CKLA Pilot Results K–1st Grade (ppt)

Overview and Background about CKLA

CKLA Overview 2011 (pdf)

General Overview: Skills K–2 (pdf)

General Overview: Listening & Learning K–2 (pdf)

"Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading," by Dan Willingham (video)

"There's No Such Thing as a Reading Test," American Prospect

CKLA and the CCSS-ELA

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA (pdf)

Alignment of K–2 CKLA with the CCSS-ELA (pdf)

Publisher Criteria for Literacy: Grades K–2 (pdf)

Alignment of K–2 CKLA with the CCSS ELA Publishers' Criteria (pdf)

"Envisioning a Common Curriculum," American Educator, Winter 2011 (pdf)

"Nonfiction Curriculum Enhanced Reading Skills, Study Finds," New York Times

We invite you to learn more about the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program by viewing an overview presentation that outlines research supporting and content of our language arts program:

CKLA Overview (MP4 | Quicktime version | 41 MB)

CKLA Overview (WMV | Windows Media Player version | 21 MB)