Amplify ELA fully met the team’s expectations on 21 of 24 evaluation criteria, and partially met expectations for the remaining three. Most important, Amplify ELA met expectations for each of the key “gateways” – one of only two grade 6-8 ELA programs to do so. A total of seven curriculum programs were evaluated.
“We spent the past five years building our 6-8 ELA curriculum from scratch,” said Larry Berger, CEO of Amplify. “We focused on helping students engage directly with complex texts, while helping teachers provide meaningful and immediate feedback using an innovative technology model. EdReports.org’s rigorous review validates our efforts. It is especially gratifying to earn this recognition from an organization that has shown its willingness to give severe grades to programs that don’t measure up.”
EdReports.org’s Content Review Team took a deep look at each program’s text quality and complexity, alignment to the Common Core State Standards, ability to build students’ knowledge, instructional support, and usability. The reviews contain concrete examples from the program, providing evidence of alignment. By providing objective and independent reviews, EdReports.org gives teachers and administrators important information to support curriculum decisions.
Amplify ELA’s features include formative assessments integrated in digital lessons; challenging texts that increase in complexity throughout the year; writing activities that require research and evidence-based arguments; differentiation by student need; and multimedia that enhances comprehension, increases engagement, and improves feedback to students. Frequent piloting in classrooms around the country resulted in an easy-to-use solution.
Amplify ELA previously received high scores from SpotOn, a curriculum evaluation initiative from The Ohio State University. Amplify’s 8th grade program earned the only perfect score in the review. In 2015, the California State Board of Education adopted Amplify ELA as part of its ELA/ELD adoption. Many schools around the state and across the nation are implementing the program this fall, while other California districts are piloting it as part of their adoption process.
Dr. Nancy Warner, Superintendent of Beach Park School District 3 in Illinois, concurred with the evaluation. “Our wonderful teachers use Amplify to make learning ELA irresistible for our kids,” she reports. “The flexible blended environment supports a variety of instructional and engaged learning experiences, providing our teachers with support and an infinite number of ways to help our students learn.”
Amplify’s digital products for English language arts, math, and science are leading the way in data-driven instruction and setting the standard for next-generation curriculum. A full suite of proven early literacy products helps build strong foundations for student achievement. Amplify has brought mobile assessments, instructional analytics, and riveting, rigorous curriculum to thousands of schools. To date, Amplify has supported more than 200,000 educators and 3 million students in all 50 states. For more information, please visit www.amplify.com.