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Hi Dr. Shanahan, Our district would like to bring in a Fountas & Pinnell leveled literacy intervention system through sixth grade. How does that affect our ability to meet all of the CCSS and Disciplinary Literacy goals you mentioned in your presentations (i.e. the close reading of complex texts)? Can the scripted program and CCSS exist together?
The Fountas & Pinnell levels have nothing to do with the Common Core. With F&P, you'll be preparing students to read at levels lower than what CCSS has targeted and lower than the levels students will be tested at by PARCC and Smarter Balanced.
Thank you, Dr. Shanahan, That's exactly my concern - if our district brings this program in, how can we still meet the goals of the CCSS? Do you think a program like this is a good thing or a bad thing?
I think it is important to have a shared program of some type, but adopting anything that is inconsistent with what you are actually trying to accomplish is certain to fail. The whole idea of having clear, high learning standards is to then align all of your pedagogical efforts, programs, material selection, professional development, assessment, supervision, parent support, etc. with those goals. No point in having standards if you are just going to teach something else anyway.
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