APS follows the Common Core State Standards for literacy. In addition to implementing the Common Core State Standards, teachers should focus on the instructional shifts for language arts.

  • Teachers should provide time to practice with complex text and academic language.
  • Learning opportunities should allow for reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational.
  • And, students should be immersed in information about the world around them and build knowledge through content-rich non-fiction.

Parents’ Guides to Understanding the Common Core

The National PTA created the Parents’ Guides to Student Success to help parents and families understand the Common Core State Standards and what their child should know and be able to do at each grade level. These documents are available in English and Spanish. 

The Council of the Great City Schools published Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards. These also provide good information about the expected knowledge and skills for each grade level.

Adopted Curriculum

Most APS schools K-5 currently use Treasures Reading for English Language Arts and Tesoros for Spanish Language Arts. For more information on Treasures or Tesoros, please visit the McGraw-Hill Treasures website.

A small number of schools use StoryTown and Villa Cuentos published by Harcourt. The Harcourt website provides an overview of these programs.

All K-5 schools have access to Fundations, which is a supplemental core program in grades K-2 which is a multisensory early literacy program that focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics/word study, high-frequency word study, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, handwriting, and spelling. Visit the Wilson Language website for more information about Fundations.