Connecticut's Approved K-3 Reading Curriculum Models or Programs

The Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success at the CSDE offers the following research-based resources to support districts as they select, pilot, and implement a Connecticut-approved K-3 reading program, model, or compendium.

The following K–3 curriculum models, programs, and compendiums listed in alphabetical order, are approved for use by Connecticut districts until June 30, 2027, as they meet the expectations of Connecticut legislation and scored in the Meets Expectations range by other credible and comprehensive literacy review processes:

Curriculum Models or Programs

  • American Reading Company – ARC Core (K-3), (2020)
  • Amplify Education Inc. – Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA, 2022)
  • Benchmark Education - Benchmark Advance (2022)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Into Reading
  • Imagine Learning – EL Education Grades K-3 (2017)
  • McGraw Hill - Open Court Reading (2016) and Open Court Reading (2023) 
  • McGraw Hill Education – Wonders (2020) and Wonders (2023)
  • Open Up Resources – EL Education (2017)
  • Savvas Learning Company – myView Literacy (2020) and myView Literacy (2025)

Compendiums of Curriculum Models or Programs

  • Savvas Learning Company - ReadyGEN K-6 (2016) with Wilson - Fundations (2012)
    Please note that ReadyGen is being replaced by myView Literacy and as of July 1, 2023, is no longer available for new sales. 
  • Great Minds - Wit and Wisdom (2016 or 2023) with Curriculum Associates - Magnetic Reading Foundations (2023)
  • Great Minds - Wit and Wisdom (2016 or 2023) with
    • Great Minds - Geodes;
    • Literacy Resources, LLC. - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; and
    • Wilson-Fundations (2012)
  • Great Minds - Wit and Wisdom (2016 or 2023) with
    • Great Minds - Geodes;
    • Literacy Resources, LLC. - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; and
    • University of Florida Literacy Institute - UFLI Foundations (2022)
  • Great Minds - Wit and Wisdom (2016 or 2023) with
    • Great Minds - Geodes;
    • Literacy Resources, LLC. - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; and
    • William H. Sadlier, Inc. - From Phonics to Reading by Wiley Blevins (2020)
  • Open Up Resources - Bookworms (2022) with Curriculum Associates - Magnetic Reading Foundations (2023)
  • Open Up Resources-Bookworms (2022) with
    • Great Minds - Geodes;
    • Literacy Resources, LLC. - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; and
    • Wilson - Fundations (2012)
  • Open Up Resources - Bookworms (2022) with
    • Great Minds - Geodes;
    • Literacy Resources, LLC. - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; and
    • University of Florida Literacy Institute - UFLI Foundations
  • Open Up Resources - Bookworms (2022) with
    • Great Minds - Geodes;
    • Literacy Resources, LLC. - Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum; and
    • William H. Sadlier, Inc. - From Phonics to Reading by Wiley Blevins (2020)

As new editions of the Connecticut Approved K-3 Reading Curriculum Models or Programs are available, the Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success shall conduct internal reviews to ensure the new editions continue to meet the expectations of Connecticut legislation.

Please note: Schoolwide, Inc. – Fundamentals of Reading, Writing, Grammar, Content Literacy, and Foundational Skills is under review. While it scored in the Meets Expectations range on the 25 indicators, it has not been reviewed by any other credible and comprehensive literacy review process.

On May 26, 2023, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announced the ARPA-Right to Read Grant which deploys $20 million in the CSDE’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to local and regional boards of education during fiscal year (FY) 2023 and FY 2024 for the purpose of supporting scientifically based, evidence-based literacy teaching and learning in grades Kindergarten through third (K-3). For more information, please see the ARPA Right to Read Guidance.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Melissa Wlodarczyk Hickey, Director of the Center for Literacy Research and Reading Success, at SDE.LiteracyCenter@ct.gov.