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Benchmark Advance and Adelante are comprehensive programs that address the NC ELA Standards and ELA Instructional Practices, including Integrated and Designated ELD to address the needs of NC’s growing English Learner population.

Benchmark Advance and Adelante’s rigorous and integrated reading, writing, speaking, and listening instruction meets the needs of districts implementing a reading collaborative, balanced approach, or workshop model, and enables all students to master rigorous learning goals with the support of strong differentiated instruction and responsive teaching based upon ongoing assessments.

Benchmark Advance and Adelante meet the unique challenges in NC. They provide the resources you need to meet the key instructional shifts in the standards and NC ELA Instructional Practices around:

  • Building Content Knowledge
  • Meaning Making
  • Effective Expression
  • Foundational Skills
  • Language Development

Aligned to North Carolina's 12 Instructional Standards

What’s Unique About Our Programs?

Vertial Alignment

Vertical Alignment

- Within the grade
- Across the grades

Unit Topic Sets


All reads in one unit focused on a single topic

Backward Mapping

Backward Mapping

Planned instruction based on students’ expected end performance

ELD Scaffolds to On-Grade Level


ELD resources amplify the ELA learning

Compleax Interactive Text Sets


Students learn to annotate complex texts and use annotations as they talk and write about texts.

Assessmenet Preparation

Assessment Preparation

Provides digital assessments to support state assessment practice and rigor for success, and digital readiness

Impressive Gains in Reading Achievement

During the 2015–16 school year, the Chula Vista, CA, Elementary School District took part in an independent research study using Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante comprehensive English and Spanish literacy programs with long-term onsite Professional Development. After just one year using these programs, the district saw impressive gains across all student achievement and very impressive gains by English Learners and students classified as Low SES.

“Impressive and accelerated gains in English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Lexile reading levels in grades 4 and 5 on both state and standardized assessments.”

- Main Street Academix, Independent Research Company

Steps to Advance

Introducing Steps to Advance, an intervention solution designed to work seamlessly with Benchmark Advance. This new program aligns to the text, unit topics, and scope and sequence in Benchmark Advance, making it easy to integrate into your curriculum.

Designed for:

  • Resource teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Title teachers
  • Classroom teachers with struggling readers

Available in print and online, Steps to Advance provides proper opportunities to scaffold students as they stretch to reach grade-level expectations by providing gradual steps that advance students’ access to complex texts. Students develop grade-level skills with meaningful practice.

There is a program guide to support you as you implement the program, as well as assessment to monitor student progress and inform instruction, and a Teacher’s Guide with full lesson plans and integrated ELD support.

Ready to Advance

Ready to Advance is a brand-new comprehensive Transitional Kindergarten program to address the unique needs of students in NC. The lessons and strategies center around nine learning domains, including social-emotional, language and literacy, math, and English Language Development. Additionally, the program addresses the critical foundational skills called for by the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards.

The program:

  • Meets the unique needs of Transitional Kindergarten teachers and students
  • Closes crucial early achievement gaps
  • Prepares students for success in school

Professional Development

Benchmark Education Professional Development

Benchmark Education Company’s products and services will guide educators in increasing their effectiveness, thus enabling their students to improve performance while meeting higher standards. Our team will help you map a clear path to your students’ success, with proven, research-based instructional methods and support. Training sessions are available in a variety of formats, designed to meet your needs.

Contact Your Rep

Janis Wolpert
Rebecca Lewis
North Carolina Educational Consultant

(919) 360-4128
Jamie Arndt
Jamie Arndt
North Carolina Educational Consultant

(919) 414-2187