Culturally Responsive Curriculum:
Content Equity in the Classroom

Closing the Achievement Gap

Superintendent O‘Connell’s report, Closing the Achievement Gap, documents wide disparities among student subgroups. The report warns, “The achievement gap among student subgroups is a threat to their future and to the future economic health and security of California and of this nation.”

Reshaping Classroom Instruction

Pearson consultant Dr. Sharroky Hollie, co-founder of The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, asks “How can the instruction be reshaped to validate and affirm [different] cultural behaviors as a segue to standards-based learning?”

The Pearson literacy system provides a culturally and linguistically responsive framework for California that addresses specific needs. The literature, skills instruction, assessments, and interventions treat each child as an individual. Universal access instruction validates the abilities, culture, and primary language of each child. The Pearson literacy system is fully aligned to provide equitable, considerate instruction for all students, including English learners and Spanish speakers.

Content Equity

Content equity lets children be a part of the story. The Pearson literacy system begins with literature that shines like a brilliant mirror. Children can hear themselves, hear their voices and find their place. The literature is also a window, allowing children to look outside at the big, bright, changing world. There are people and places to discover.

Want to Learn More?

For more information on how Pearson Reading Street for California is helping students “Prevent the Achievement Gap”, download an important article by the Pearson author team entitled, “Why Change? Test Scores Call for a New Approach”.


Closing the Achievement Gap - ReportThat mission, at its core, is about doing what is right, not what is easy.”

From Closing the Achievement Gap Report of Superintendent Jack O’Connell’s California P–16 Council
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