Highly Rated by Educators

EdReports.org: Our curriculum received EdReports.org’s highest reviews. “Modules are developed to support and build knowledge, to intentionally address academic vocabulary, and to scaffold support so that students will independently demonstrate grade-level proficiency at the end of the school year.”

EQuIP: Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products has given its highest "Exemplar” rating to our curriculum units.

New York: New York State commissioned EL Education to create the curriculum and the New York City Department of Education has said it is among “the highest-quality Common Core-aligned curriculum materials currently available.”

Connecticut: The Connecticut State Board of Education has reviewed more than 10 of our curriculum units, giving them its highest “exemplary” rating. The reviewers noted the curriculum “makes reading texts closely, examining textual evidence, and discerning deep meaning, a central focus of instruction and includes a progression of academic vocabulary instruction where skills advance and deepen over time.”

Washington: The Digital Learning Department of the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recommended several of our modules, noting they are “tightly aligned with standards and clearly addressed shifts throughout. Content is engaging and compelling, which helps middle school students grapple with complex texts. Work encourages meaningful, collegial discourse.”

"I see evidence of all the best education pedagogy I have read in my professional journals and books. It is evident that multiple teachers/education professionals have worked together to ensure best teaching practices are in every lesson."
- Karen Kondrick, 6th grade teacher, Ripley Central School, Ripley, NY

"What I like about the ELA curriculum is that we are teaching the kids how to think again and get the answers using common sense and supporting their thoughts with evidence. I'm teaching my own students to never take things at face value; ask questions, know your sources, and get backup evidence."
- Jill Malone, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade special education teacher, I.S 98, New York City, NY

"My students are stepping it up and showing some unexpected successes. I see the light bulbs go on and I see a lot of growth in their comprehension, in their vocabulary, and in their confidence."
- Nicole Papa, special education teacher, East Moriches Elementary School, East Moriches, NY

"While school is challenging, the students recognize how far they have come and how much more they can do now. While in the past, my classroom time was often spent trying to keep students on task, I now feel that I have done more teaching than I had in my previous six years."
- Joshua Cornue, 4th grade teacher, Roberto Clemente #8, Rochester, NY


  • Created by teachers to inspire teachers.
  • Downloaded more than 8 million times.
  • Used in 44 states.
  • Highest ratings nationally and at the state level.
  • Draws on 25 years of experience across EL’s 150+ schools.
  • Connects students to real world issues, preparing them for college, career, and life.
  • Is grounded in a compelling topics (e.g., “Rules to Live By” (Grade 6), screen time and the adolescent brain (Grade 7), Japanese-American relations in WWII (Grade 8).
  • Includes multiple complex texts - literary (e.g., Pygmalion, To Kill a Mockingbird) and informational (e.g., the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Unbroken).
  • Open-source and free. Download it here.


Watch eighth graders as they read closely, evaluate evidence, and debate claims about To Kill A Mockingbird before writing a summative essay.

Getting Ready to Write: Evaluating the Quality of Evidence from Worthy Texts from EL Education on Vimeo.


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