Los Angeles Unified School District Approves Curriculum Associates to Support English Learners

The Los Angeles Unified School District has issued two separate approvals of Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready and Ready programs. On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved i-Ready and Ready Mathematics for Grades 6–8 for Instructional Mathematics Materials for English Learners (ELs). In November, the Board approved i-Ready Diagnostic and i-Ready Instruction for reading and mathematics for Grades K–8 for its Evidence-Based Interventions for State-Identified Schools. Through these two approvals, schools within the nation’s second-largest district can use these programs to guide teacher instruction.

In response to an RFP for instructional mathematics materials addressing the needs of ELs in Grades 6–8, Curriculum Associates worked with Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) and its member districts to redesign its programs. Aligning program updates to the unique needs of ELs informed the newly updated Ready Mathematics for Grades 6–8, which will be available for Back to School 2019. The program includes language-based activities that help students access, create, and express their mathematics understanding. It also includes strategic scaffolds to help ELs access rigorous grade-level mathematics instruction and achieve proficiency and growth. i-Ready, in conjunction with Ready Mathematics, was also approved by Los Angeles Unified to support ELs.

The Ready Mathematics program develops students’ procedural fluency and emphasizes conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explore the structure of mathematics. The lessons use a research-based, discourse-focused instructional model with a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to build confidence and mastery of the Mathematics Standards.

To learn more about i-Ready and Ready Mathematics, visit www.curriculumassociates.com.