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Core Knowledge Language Arts® receives high marks from independent review

(BROOKLYN, NY, February 23, 2017) Amplify today announced that its Core Knowledge Language Arts® curriculum received a positive, independent review from an expert team at

The English Language Arts curriculum met expectations in every “gateway” of the EdReports review system for grades 3-5.

“We’ve seen time and again in schools and districts nationwide how CKLA develops strong and motivated readers by building a foundation of background knowledge and foundational skills,” said Susan Lambert, vice president of CKLA at Amplify. “’s review further validates the effectiveness of our curriculum.”

The content review team at measured the following areas, or gateways, in its review process: text quality and alignment to the Common Core State Standards; building knowledge with texts, vocabulary and tasks; and instructional supports and usability indicators.

Teachers and administrators rely on’s objective and independent reviews to support their curriculum decisions.

About CKLA

Core Knowledge Language Arts®, for grades PreK-5, offers educators a proven approach for building strong readers and ensuring that students are prepared for the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. The curriculum instills both background knowledge and foundational skills through two instructional strands for grades K-2 that integrate into a single strand in grades 3-5. Using both print and digital resources, CKLA provides:

  • Carefully sequenced background knowledge in social studies, science, literature and the arts to build vocabulary and comprehension.
  • An unprecedented, thorough approach to developing decoding and other critical foundational skills.

CKLA, which is widely used in districts in New York, Louisiana and other states around the country, originated in response to the reading crisis in today’s schools. A substantial number of students are reading below level by the end of grade 3—an indicator of future success. The act of reading requires both decoding—translating the written code to oral language—and comprehension—the act of using prior knowledge, language skills and reasoning skills to form connections and make meaning. However, many students lack access to background knowledge about the world. CKLA closes the achievement gap by bringing the world to kids, offering them a wealth of information and teaching them the necessary skills to read, write and think critically about texts and their contexts.

About Amplify

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


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