95 Phonics Core Program® Articles
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.
Video blog: Fulton County
Fulton County had many schools that were not producing strong readers. Something needed to change, and it did. With careful planning, focused use of funding, and collaborative work among visionary school leaders and teachers, change is happening. And it is only year one of using the One95 literacy ecosystem.
I just got a message yesterday from a teacher who said, ‘My 95 Phonics Core Program assessment data was at 63 percent mastery for assessment 1. And now I’m at 92 percent mastery at assessment 3.’ And our goal, like 95 Percent Group’s goal, is that 95 percent of our students will be on grade level. In this class, we’re already at 92 percent, and we still have three months of school left. So I feel really confident we’re going to hit that 95 percent target.
Jennifer Burton Literacy director, Fulton County Schools
I am seeing double digit gains in K-5—double digit.
Nikki Porter, Principal
Independent district success
Of all the new curricula I have been asked to implement, 95 Percent Group is by far my favorite. It has made the most sense. It was so easy to make the change because it works. It gets kids reading, and it also helps them enjoy it.
Julie Groce, First Grade Teacher Gallardo Elementary School
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
District spotlight: Changing reading instruction
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.
Renee Hall, PhD Supervisor of Reading K-5, Wicomico County Public Schools
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
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
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I believe that 95 Percent Group is uniquely positioned to help guide the way for an ever increasing Science of Reading base in our country. We provide the entire literacy system for teachers and their students. This includes professional learning, assessment, and instructional resources so that teachers can turn theory into practice and help each child make progress.
Laura Stewart Chief Academic Officer