PCG’s EngageNY ELA Curriculum Receives Highest Ratings in EdReports.org Independent Review

Boston, MA [February 7, 2017] – Public Consulting Group (PCG) today announced that its Engage New York (EngageNY) 6-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum, published by John Wiley and Sons as Paths to College and Career (Paths), has received top scores from an expert review team at EdReports.org. Paths, and its EngageNY 6-8 derivatives, were awarded the highest score, 100 out of a possible 102 points in each grade. Complete reports for each grade are available at http://www.edreports.org/ela/reports/series/engage-ny.html. In its review of ELA instructional materials, EdReports.org Content Review Teams analyzed yearlong programs against indicators of alignment to college and career ready standards, text quality and complexity, and building knowledge with texts, vocabulary, and tasks. Materials that met the criteria for alignment were then further evaluated to determine their “usability,” which includes supports for educators, multiple strategies for meeting the needs of a range of learners, effective lesson structure and pacing, good student assessment practices, and effective use of technology.According to EdReports.org, state education officials overseeing curriculum applaud its reviews. “Louisiana believes that one of the most critical decisions districts can make to improve student learning is choosing a high quality-curriculum,” said Rebecca Kockler, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Content at the Louisiana Department of Education. “The curriculum reports released by EdReports.org support our school systems in this process, by offering them reputable reviews of curricula that will support teacher and student needs in the classroom.” “The curriculum gives all students a pathway to do rigorous thinking with complex, grade level texts,” explained Dr. Katanna Conley, PCG Senior Associate, “something that’s particularly important for students who have been denied these opportunities in the past. We’re thrilled to receive such high scores from EdReports.org and its Content Review Team of educator-leaders from across the country. It supports our commitment to ensuring all students attain real readiness for college and careers.”  EngageNY ELA 6-8 is a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that combines rich literature, engaging learning experiences, and personalized scaffolding to build all students’ abilities as readers, writers, and thinkers. It was originally developed by PCG for the New York State Education Department and is published by John Wiley and Sons as Paths to College and Career. Paths is being used by major districts such as Shelby County Schools (Memphis), TN and Miami-Dade County Schools to ensure that all students graduate college and career ready.About Public Consulting GroupPublic Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector consulting firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2000 professionals in more than 60 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.Media Contact:  Stephen Skinner, Public Consulting Group(617) 717-1150sskinner@pcgus.com