College of Education and Human Development

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement

Minnesota READ Act Curriculum Review Series

The Minnesota READ (Reading to Ensure Academic Development) Act was passed and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz on May 24, 2023. The goal of this legislation is for every Minnesota child, including multilingual learners and students receiving special education services, to be reading at or above grade level. 

The READ Act required the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to partner with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota to “identify at least five literacy curricula and supporting materials that are evidence-based or focused on structured literacy by January 1, 2024, and post a list of the curricula on the department website. The list must include curricula that use culturally and linguistically responsive materials that reflect diverse populations and, to the extent practicable, curricula that reflect the experiences of students from diverse backgrounds, including multilingual learners, biliterate students, and students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.”

This series aims to empower districts to make informed decisions selecting a high-quality reading curriculum that is ideal for your learners, educators, and community. 

Please begin with the Introduction to the Curriculum Review Series for background, information about methodology, definitions of key terms and indicators, and references.

Curricula Approved for Partial Reimbursement 

Literacy curricula that best met the criteria from the 2023 review cycle were identified as approved for partial reimbursement. Additional information about the Literacy Curriculum Review can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education website.  

EL Education K-5 Language Arts, Open Up Resources® (2017)

Note: If a school or district chooses EL Education, the only version on Minnesota's 2024 list of curricula approved for reimbursement is published by Open Up Resources®.   

Magnetic Reading K-2™, Curriculum Associates (2023)

Note: If a school or district chooses Magnetic Reading K-2, no part of i-Ready® was reviewed by or approved during the Minnesota READ Act Curriculum Review therefore the i-Ready® program does not meet criteria for reimbursement.

UFLI Foundations, Ventris Learning K-2 (2022)

Functional Phonics+Morphology K-5, University of Minnesota (2023)

Wit & Wisdom, Great Minds (2023)

Note: If a school or district chooses Wit & Wisdom, no part of Geodes® was reviewed by or approved during the Minnesota READ Act Curriculum Review therefore Geodes® does not meet criteria for reimbursement.

Foundations A-Z, Learning A-Z (2023)

95 Phonics Core Program, 95 Percent Group (grades K–3, 2020; grades 4–5, 2023)

Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA): Amplify (2022)