UPDATED JUNE 12, 2017: The Word Study Team presented its findings to the Teaching and Learning Committee on June 12. Based on the WST recommendations, the Teaching and Learning Committee at a special board meeting June 12 will recommend that the Board approve using Fundations.

The Ames Community School District has concluded a pilot of program materials for kindergarten through second grade teachers to use when providing instruction around foundational skills in reading. The pilot was established after K-2 teacher representatives met in the spring of 2016 and recommended that all K-2 teachers have common materials for Tier 1 instruction across schools in phonics and phonemic awareness.To determine which program best meets the phonemic awareness and phonics needs of students and teachers in grades K-2 for Tier 1 instruction, the District piloted three sets of materials: Fountas & Pinnell’s Phonics Lessons, Wilson’s Fundations, and National Geographic Learning’s Reach into Phonics.  All students in the pilot received instruction from their teacher using all three sets of pilot materials.

Data were collected on student performance before the pilot and at the end of each pilot segment. Additional data came from rubrics used to review the components of the three programs, teacher surveys, administrator surveys, and parent surveys.

The timeline and processes for announcing the results of the pilot study are as follows:

  • June 5: The Word Study Team will present to the School Board a review of the Word Study process and pilot structure. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the District Boardroom.
  • June 12:
    • The Board Teaching & Learning Committee will receive pilot data results from 1-3 p.m. at the District Offices, Conference Room C.
    • Parents and community members are invited to a presentation sharing pilot data results, from 5-6 p.m., in the District Boardroom.
    • Pilot data results and the Teaching & Learning Committee recommendation will be shared with the Board. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the District Boardroom.