How One School Has Improved Literacy with Instructional Practices Based on the Science of Reading

With help from CORE, Washington Elementary School in Lamar, Colorado, has made significant gains in reading achievement. Hear from the school’s principal and teachers about how CORE professional learning taught them the science of reading and how to incorporate evidence-based practices into instruction to improve teaching and learning. Then review the impact of the program on student achievement.


After three years of partnering with CORE and implementing instructional strategies grounded in the science of reading, Washington Elementary School improved its reading scores from 32% of students “Well Below Benchmark” on DIBELS and 20% “Below Benchmark,” to only 8% “Well Below Benchmark” and 8% “Below Benchmark.” The number of students now meeting “Benchmark” is an impressive 84%.

Put the Science into Practice

If you would like more information about professional learning services based on the science of reading, request a free consultation with a CORE reading expert. Call 888.249.6155 ext. 3, or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.