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Explore insights from educators and practical resources as you evaluate the benefits of an evidence-based reading program to support your Tier 1 phonics instruction.

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Research-based best practices for implementing a Tier 1 phonics program

Fairfax School District is located in a small community on the southeast side of Bakersfield, in Kern County, California. The district currently has four schools (they’re adding a fifth) with a total of 2688 students. Here they share best practices in implementing the science of reading.

You have to be able to tell your story of why a new program is important to get the buy-in because if you don’t have a story and you just say “because it worked over there,” it’s not going to work. I have to model it myself and show the importance of it. As a leader, you need to have a passion project for your staff that you’re excited about. That’s how you change the culture.

David Mack Chief Administrator of Business Services, Fairfax School District

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I am seeing double digit gains in K-5—double digit.

Nikki Porter, Principal

Stonewall Tell Elementary School
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Explicit phonics instruction is raising the bar in Tennessee

Teachers kept saying they needed something else. Every school was doing something different, piecing things together, trying to fill that gap for K-2 Phonics. But nothing was going deep enough.

SUMMER CARLTON Curriculum and Professional Learning Supervisor, Franklin Special School District

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95 Phonics Core Program® earns certification

Certification confirms link between Science of Reading and 95 Percent Group product design 

There are more than 8,000 products used in K-12 schools and fewer than 1 percent have earned this recognition.

Rachel Schechter, PhD Learning Experience Design (LXD) Research

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Spotlight Missouri: Science of reading success

For this feature on Fort Zumwalt School District’s efforts to implement explicit, research-based phonics instruction, we turned to Stephanie Sanker, curriculum coordinator for elementary English language arts, and second grade teachers Amanda Fowler and Marcia Biermann, to hear about their challenges and successes.

We did guided reading, but the true teaching of phonics—I had never done that. I know that our kids had been lacking that skill, not only helping them decode but also to encode with their writing. So we were really, really hoping to find something that could help these kids. I feel like this program has really filled that need.

MARCIA BIERMANN Second grade teacher

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95 Phonics Core Program® K-2 Efficacy Study


more improvement for the treatment group of Kindergarteners using 95 Phonics Core Program after only 14 weeks

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One of the most effective tools that we’re using in Fulton County Schools is 95 Phonics Core Program. That has been a game changer for our students and for our teachers. Honestly if I tried to remove that program from our teacher’s hands these days, they would fight me. And when I go into classrooms, I see students learning at levels that they haven’t learned in previous years. It’s truly been transformational.

Mike Looney, PhD

Superintendent, Fulton County Schools
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Spotlight Maryland: Science of reading transforms literacy

Here we take an in-depth look at the Wicomico School District in Maryland, whose leadership and literacy team worked together to transform their approach to reading instruction. They saw, in return, strong student improvement. One changemaker, Dr. Renee R. Hall, offers tips for other educators on advancing literacy in their school or district.

Our kids are part of whole-class instruction with 95 Phonics Core Program and then, if they need more focused help, they use the intervention materials that employ the same methods. For students, this connected experience is so much smoother. It’s like being able to talk in the same language.

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Renee Hall, PhD Supervisor of Reading K-5, Wicomico County Public Schools

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Spotlight: Literacy grows in Glen Rose


increase in first graders reading at grade level

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Having a strong strategy like this in Tier 1 is your best defense against more kids moving into Tiers 2 or 3.

Julie Groce, First Grade Teacher

Gallardo Elementary School
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95 Phonics Core Program® K-2 Efficacy Study


ESSA Level of evidence, based upon a third-party independent efficacy study on the impact of 95 Phonics Core Program

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We look for growth from all students, not just our struggling students. We can’t be satisfied with the growth we have experienced; some students haven’t reached their highest potential yet. We need to set high expectations and bring out the best in our teachers.

Joyce Flowers, PhD

Principal, Madison Simis Elementary School

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Alabama state DOE recommends 95 Phonics Core Program as English/Language Arts supplemental material for grades K-3

Leveraging independent research to ensure that our programs are effective in helping learners build reading skills is at the core of our work at 95 Percent Group. It is exciting to extend our impact in Alabama and support the state’s work to advance what is best for children: using the science of reading to accelerate student literacy skill development.

Brad Lindaas

Brad Lindaas CEO

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Laura Stewart Chief Academic Officer