High-Quality Instructional Materials in English Language Arts

The list of approved core curriculum and instructional materials for prekindergarten and kindergarten-grade 5 is available.

The initial list of evidence-based reading intervention programs for prekindergarten-grade 12 is available.

Additional guidance on material selection and requirements

Updated MAY 2024

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High Quality Instructional Materials Subsidy Allocation

The state operating budget (H.B. 33) set aside $64 million to subsidize the cost of high-quality instructional materials purchased by schools and districts aligned to the Science of Reading. The funds are provided to support both high-quality core curriculum and instructional materials in English language arts and evidenced-based reading intervention programs. Following the release of the approved list for high-quality core curriculum and instructional materials, the Department reviewed school and district alignment to the approved list of Core Instructional Materials for K-5 students (or materials used for prekindergarten students by Educational Service Centers). This spreadsheet details the allocation methodology of the $64 million that will subsidize the expenses schools and districts will incur.

Note: If you believe your school or district’s alignment to the Science of Reading is incorrect on the subsidy allocation spreadsheet, please reach out to ReadOhio@education.ohio.gov no later than Friday, May 17.

Instructional Materials and Professional Development Survey

A required instructional materials and professional development survey was sent to district and community school leaders in late August 2023. The survey completion deadline was Oct. 6, 2023.

Instructional Materials Aligned with the Science of Reading

Under Ohio Revised Code 3313.6028, instructional materials in English language arts must be aligned with the science of reading and strategies for effective literacy instruction. The resources below provide information on the science of reading and Ohio’s commitment to effective literacy instruction.

Approved List for Core Curriculum and Instructional Materials

Under ORC 3313.6028(B), the Department shall establish a list of English language arts core curriculum and instructional materials that are aligned with the science of reading and strategies for effective literacy instruction.

The Department’s list of approved core curriculum and instructional materials is provided below and includes all materials that met the required criteria for prekindergarten and kindergarten-grade 5. 

Approved List of Core Curriculum and Instructional Materials 

(Updated April 2024)


Process to establish THe approved list of high-quality instructional materials in English language arts

The Department’s process to establish an approved list of high-quality instructional materials in English language arts for core instruction in prekindergarten to grade 5 consists of two components:

  • Identifying materials for immediate inclusion on the approved list (November 2023);
  • Conducting a phased review process for eligible materials that include foundational skills in prekindergarten to grade 5 (November 2023-February 2024).

The Department will utilize the Curriculum Consumer Report (Prek) and EdReports (K-5) reviews as an initial gateway measure for establishing an approved list of high-quality instructional materials in English language arts. Criteria have been identified for determining materials for automatic inclusion on Ohio’s approved list, materials eligible for a limited alignment review and materials eligible for a foundational skills review. 

Under ORC 3313.6028(C), beginning no later than the 2024-2025 school year, districts and schools must use core curriculum and instructional materials from the Department’s approved lists in prekindergarten to grade 5.

Immediate Identification for Approved List (K-5) 

Materials that meet the following criteria on EdReports will be automatically included on the Department’s approved list of high-quality instructional materials for core curriculum and instructional materials in English language arts in kindergarten-grade 5: 
 

Grade Band/Category EdReports Alignment Rating Implementation Expectation
K-2 Core No Foundational Skills Meets or Partially Meets Expectations Must be paired with approved K-2 Core English language arts or foundational skills materials (list forthcoming)


Materials that meet these criteria will be notified directly. A full list of materials automatically identified for the approved list of high-quality instructional materials for core instruction will be available on the Department’s website in early 2024. 

Review Process for PreK to Grade 5 Core Curriculum and Instructional Materials

The Department is conducting a phased review process for eligible vendors with materials that meet identified criteria and include foundational skills instruction in prekindergarten to grade 5.

Information regarding eligibility, application requirements and submission timelines are available in the request for applications.

Key Deadlines 

  • ​Phase 1A: Limited Alignment Review Applications – due Dec. 13, 2023 at 4 p.m. 
  • Phase 1B: Intent to Apply for Review – due December 13, 2023 at 4 p.m.
  • ​Phase 2: Review – Materials due Feb. 16, 2024 at 4 p.m. (Updated 1/19/24)

Technical Assistance and Information for Applicants

Send questions regarding the phased review process to ELAMaterialsReview@education.ohio.gov.

Approved List for Reading Intervention Programs

Under ORC 3313.6028(C), the Department of Education and Workforce shall establish a list of evidence-based reading intervention programs that are aligned with the science of reading and strategies for effective literacy instruction.

The Department’s process to establish an approved list of reading intervention programs for prekindergarten to grade 12 consists of a review process for programs that meet eligibility criteria. 

The Department’s initial list of approved reading intervention programs is available and includes programs that met the required criteria for prekindergarten through grade 12. Please note that the list below does not represent all submitted programs that meet criteria for approval. The Department’s review process is ongoing.

Initial Approved List of Reading Intervention Programs (May 2024)

Request for Applications

The Department is conducting an application review process to identify eligible reading intervention programs that support targeted or intensive instruction for students in specific reading skills. Information regarding application requirements and submission requirements are available in the request for applications. 

Key Deadlines

  • Intent to Apply - due by Feb. 22, 2024 at 4 p.m.
  • Program Review Application – due by March 4, 2024 at 4 p.m. EST. Technical issues with the document upload system have been resolved. If you continue to experience difficulties please email ELAMaterialsReview@education.ohio.gov.

Technical Assistance and Information for Applicants

Send questions regarding the review process to ELAMaterialsReview@education.ohio.gov.

Three-Cueing Approach

Under ORC 3313.6028(C), materials in grades prekindergarten to grade 5 may not use the three-cueing approach to teach students to read.

Waiver Process

Under ORC 3313.6028(D), districts may apply for a waiver on an individual student basis to use curriculum, instructional materials or an intervention program in grades prekindergarten to five that uses the three-cueing approach to teach students to read. The Department of Education and Workforce will ultimately determine if the waiver will be granted. In deciding whether to grant a waiver, the Department will consider the district or school’s performance on Ohio’s State Report Card’s early literacy component.

If a student has an individualized education program (IEP) that explicitly indicates the three-cuing approach is appropriate for the student’s learning needs, a waiver is not required to be submitted for the student per ORC 3313.6028(D)(2).

Students with Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans (RIMPs) are not eligible for waivers per ORC 3313.6028(D)(1).

Please see this guidance document for more information.

Supporting the Selection and De-Selection of Instructional Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Modified: 5/29/2024 4:20:38 PM