Open Court Reading
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A program that provides elementary grade children with a positive and effective early academic experience and strong, research-based foundation in learning to read by using a set curriculum, training teachers in diagnostics and assessment, and emphasizing professional development in order to reach all learners and prevent struggling readers later.
Open Court Reading is a comprehensive reading, writing and language arts curriculum for grades K – 3. It is delivered by teachers in the classroom and is generally supported by core professional development, curricula and staffing resources within schools. The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, places new requirements on the use of evidence-based programs in federally funded education programs. State and local education agencies are now required to use evidence-based programs, particularly in schools in need of improvement.
Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds
The critical resource commitment required to implement Open Court Reading is the allocation of teacher time for training and delivering the intervention. Open Court Reading can be utilized as the part of the core language arts curriculum, with teachers delivering the programs as part of their regular school day.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
State education funds allocated to local school systems as well as locally-appropriated public school funding can support Open Court Reading. Professional development funds can also be used for teacher training.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Title 1 Part A provides funds to support the economic success of disadvantaged students. Title I funds can be used to support professional development, curricula purchase or ongoing teaching costs to deliver the Open Court Reading program.
Title II-A provides funds to ensure that school professionals have access to high-quality professional development. These funds can be used to support the training of Open Court Reading teachers.
Discretionary Grants: Federal discretionary grants from the Department of Education can be used to fund the initial training and materials. Discretionary funds targeting literacy as well as improvement for struggling schools can be used.