As your school district undertakes the process of evaluating its K–12 reading program, literacy curriculum, or literacy instructional practices, this book will be your go-to resource. Pennell offers a step-by-step guide for educators, school leaders, or professional learning communities to evaluate high-quality instructional materials and standards-aligned literacy practices. It includes a wealth of tools such as timelines, full meeting agendas, stakeholder surveys, and evaluation rubrics.

Chapters cover key topics, including:

  • Literacy leadership team meetings
  • Reviewing foundational skills
  • Comprehension and vocabulary
  • Evaluating writing
  • Selecting new materials
  • Implementing new literacy materials
  • Supporting educators through instructional coaching and professional learning

Pennell provides a straightforward framework for how educators can work together collaboratively to analyze, reflect, and ultimately evaluate their school district’s literacy program. Each chapter is grounded in salient research on the why of literacy teaching and learning and helps you understand how instruction can be meaningfully aligned with current standards. The research and theory that support effective literacy instruction—including culturally responsive practices—are explained in an accessible and pragmatic manner.

The practical tools in this book are essential for administrators and educators tasked with evaluating literacy programs and practices, as well as graduate students who must learn how to audit a literacy curriculum. Whether you’re a school administrator, teacher, or reading specialist, this book will ensure all your students can reach success in literacy.

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|7 pages

Organizing Teams and Gathering the Data

chapter 2|7 pages

Literacy Leadership Team Meeting #1

chapter 3|30 pages

Evaluating Foundational Skills

chapter 4|19 pages

Evaluating Comprehension Grades K–3

chapter 5|18 pages

Evaluating Comprehension Grades 4–12

chapter 6|8 pages

Evaluating Vocabulary Grades K–12

chapter 7|20 pages

Evaluating Writing Grades K–12

chapter 11|4 pages

Pilot-Testing Recommendations