Arkansas Includes Reading Horizons on ‘Approved Science of Reading Curriculum’ List
by PRP Group, on 07/24/2020
The state’s first-in-the-nation collection of K-6 programs points educators to literacy tools that are explicit, systematic, cumulative, and diagnostic
(Arkansas) July 23, 2020 — The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has included Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, on its list of approved K-6 core curriculum programs that are supported by the science of reading.
The list is the first of its kind to lead public school districts and open-enrollment public charter schools to materials, resources, and curriculum programs that ensure quality reading education that is explicit, systematic, cumulative, and diagnostic. Out of the 46 programs that went through the two-part review process, only 26 qualified under these requirements.
“I’m very proud that in the state of Arkansas, our RISE initiative is encouraging everyone to understand the science of reading,” said Sandra Halley, school improvement specialist for Marion School District. “That was the first step. Now more districts can start looking for the phonics-based reading program that will work alongside the science of reading. Reading Horizons is the program we’ve selected and it has worked very well for us.”