Beyond the Numbers: Stories of Impact from Our Grantees

Overdeck October 5, 2023
CommonLit is designed to function as a core program for English Language Arts teachers, offering curriculum, benchmark assessments, instant data to gauge student progress, and expert-led professional development for teachers. Today, the nonprofit has helped over five million students become proficient readers—1.5 million in the 2021-22 school year alone.

Fast Forward 🤝 tech nonprofits

Reid Hoffman September 27, 2023
The Fast Forward Growth Accelerator is matching bold philanthropists with high-growth tech nonprofits to drive exponential impact. Among this cohort is CommonLit, who has digital reading platform dedicated to closing the literacy gap.

Leveraging AI to Create Moonshots in Literacy

The Learning Agency Lab July 20, 2023
There’s been much ado about ChatGPT and its impact on academic writing. If this thing can write essays all on its own, will students ever write again? Will teachers be able to tell the difference between a student’s writing and the computer’s writing? The short answer is yes.

Study of CommonLit 360 Shows Gains on Reading Achievement

Overdeck Family Foundation July 25, 2023
This is a retrospective correlational study of student academic performance based on data from 113,825 students in 313 schools who had access to CommonLit 360 instructional materials, including School Essentials PRO student assessment materials (e.g., professional development, administrator data dashboards, benchmark assessments), during the 2021-22 school year.

Philipsburg-Osceola to switch middle school reading and literature curriculum

The Progress April 26, 2023
Philipsburg Area Middle School teachers piloted CommonLit 360 after noticing their curriculum was out of date, not engaging, and did not properly prepare students for state exams. In a survey conducted by teachers, students preferred CommonLit 360 to Spring Board in all four categories — relatability, presentation, learning experience and equipment.

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