Research study gives top grades to innovative Pearson Scott Foresman reading program

Recommends "Reading Street" for Elementary Classrooms across the U.S.

98% Alignment with State Assessments

GLENVIEW, IL. - The research group Gatti Evaluation and publisher Pearson Scott Foresman today announced findings of an independent study aligning the Reading Street elementary school reading program benchmark assessments to state standards.   Results confirmed that 98 percent of Reading Street benchmark assessments aligned above the median for recently-aligned state assessments to standards. 

Guido Gatti, of Gatti Evaluation indicated, "Relative to recent alignment analyses conducted on state assessments using this same strict alignment model, the Reading Street Benchmark assessments have shown outstanding alignment to multiple states' educational objectives.  Pearson Scott Foresman is setting the standard for aligning content of basal programs and continually works with independent researchers to improve their product."   

In conjunction with Dr. John Smithson of the University of Wisconsin's Center for Educational Research (WCER), a team of renowned assessment and reading experts aligned the benchmark items to state standards in ten states using the Reading Street program. Implementing an alignment model approved by the National Science Foundation, the Institution for Education Sciences, and utilized by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the research clearly showed content alignment and coverage well above that achieved by the state standardized assessments in most of the ten states. 

"In light of the consistently high levels of alignment to state and grade-specific standards, I can confidently recommend the Scott Foresman Reading Street tests for use in classrooms across the U.S., to inform instruction," said Smithson, the project's co-principal investigator.

Dr. Rolf Blank, Director of Education Indicators Programs for the Council of Chief State School Officers, reviewed the research study and said, "From my own reading of the study conducted by John Smithson and the WCER, I agree with the findings based on use of the SEC (Surveys of Enacted Curriculum) alignment method."

Pearson Scott Foresman's Reading Street is the first reading program to be aligned with the No Child Left Behind Act and Reading First.

Paul McFall, President of Pearson Scott Foresman said,  "The goal for the Reading Street Benchmark Item Validation Study was to ensure that elementary school teachers across the United States are presented with high quality, well-aligned classroom assessments that reliably monitor student progress in developing priority reading skills and achieving state reading educational objectives.   We are tremendously pleased to be able to share the results of this research."   He added, "The results are hugely significant because they mean that teachers can concentrate on the program content while remaining confident that their instruction is automatically aligning to the numerous tests their students are required to take."

The study collected data and evaluated the alignment between 1,879 test questions and 6,038 educational objectives across the states of:  Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Washington. Scott Foresman has also contracted to align the benchmark assessments to Louisiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, and Oregon state standards in 2006.

Read the Scott Foresman Reading Street Benchmark Item Validation Study Report online at

About Scott Foresman Reading Street

Created by nationally recognized experts, practitioners, and researchers, Reading Street - the first reading program to align with the No Child Left Behind Act - is designed to help teachers build readers through motivating and engaging literature, scientifically research-based instruction, and a wealth of reliable teaching tools for instruction, pacing, assessments, and grouping. Reading Street includes fiction, expository articles, biographies, poems, and online reading, all focused on driving students toward No Child Left Behind's mandated Adequate Yearly Progress.  Solidly anchored in the most current scientific research, Reading Street prioritizes skill instruction at each grade level, so teachers can focus on the right skill, at the right time, for every student. These priority skills are proven to be indicators of reading success identified by the National Reading Panel  phonemic awareness; phonics; fluency; vocabulary; and text comprehension.

About Pearson Scott Foresman

Pearson Scott Foresman is the leading elementary educational publisher of scientifically-researched instructional materials, assessment tools, digital media, and professional development. Pearson Scott Foresman's programs span reading, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, ESL/ELL, bilingual, language arts, and Pre-K. Pearson Scott Foresman is part of Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher and a business of Pearson, the international media company (NYSE: PSO).

About The Research

Gatti Evaluation Inc.

Gatti Evaluation focuses on researching fields of education and biomed, randomized trials to survey research, measurement and statistical expertise. 

University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Research

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world. A part of the University of Wisconsin?Madison's School of Education, WCER provides a productive environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER roster includes research centers and projects that are currently investigating a variety of topics in education.

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Pearson Education