What is Waterford Reading Academy

Instructional software that guides students from “Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn” in a single platform while supporting teachers, students, and parents.

Aligned for Success

Success comes from the combined efforts of the child, teacher, and parents.

Waterford Reading Academy provides partnerships to build a strong, supported network that equips teachers, engages students, and empowers families.

Teacher

Equipped Teachers

Teachers are given tools
and resources to understand

student

Engaged Students

Children are supported and
encouraged by engaging
content and fun characters

Parent

Empowered Parents

Parents are informed,
empowered, and engaged
with their child’s education.

Waterford.org partners with families, districts, educators, and communities to help every child build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

How Does Waterford Reading Academy Work?

Teacher

Teacher's Experience

  • Planning and coaching facilitate optimal program implementation and usage.
  • Dashboards, reports, and live data discussions with our Customer Success team help teachers know the right instructional actions to take in the right moment with individual students, small groups, or the whole class.
  • End-of-year reports detail the progress made by individual students, classrooms, and schools.
Student

Student's Experience

  • Begin the year with Waterford’s valid, reliable, and developmentally appropriate benchmark measure of both proficiency and growth, which can be taken multiple times throughout the year.
  • Full year of skills practice via computer-adaptive instruction, teacher assignments, and/or guided student choice. Instruction and practice cover 100% of reading/ELA standards
  • for PreK to 6th grade. Children are introduced to familiar books, rich literature, and non-fiction texts from the start as they grow into independent readers. Individual students, small groups, or the whole class.
Parent

Parent's Experience

  • Family orientations teach parents how to support their child’s learning.
  • Weekly recommendations encourage learning at home to reinforce program concepts.
  • Recognition of student’s achievements to celebrate goals met throughout the year.

Personalized, adaptive instruction

Waterford Reading Academy guides students along an adaptive, individualized learning path.

Foundational Skill Development

Fluent reading begins with a strong foundation in phonological awareness, phonics, language concepts, comprehension, and vocabulary. Waterford provides instruction and practice in critical skills via computer adaptivity, teacher assignments, and/or guided student selection of activities.

Independent or Assigned Reading

Students practice their acquired literacy skills with scaffolded digital lessons that promote deeper thinking, understanding, and comprehension of the books they read, including the most popular student and teacher choices.

Critical Transition Period

Guided reading experiences are introduced while students are still mastering foundational skills.

Foundational
Skill Development

Fluent reading begins with a strong foundation in phonological awareness, phonics, language concepts, comprehension, and vocabulary. Waterford provides instruction and practice in critical skills via computer adaptivity, teacher assignments, and/or guided student selection of activities.

Student Engagement

Our instructional software delivers activities, games, songs, videos, and animated characters to keep students engaged and encouraged.

Intrinsic Motivation

Once reading becomes its own reward, students are motivated by new and interesting characters, settings, and situations they visualize with their mind’s eye. They are forever empowered by deeper thinking and a personal discovery of knowledge.

Student Engagement

Our instructional software delivers activities, games, songs, videos, and animated characters to keep students engaged and encouraged.

Critical Transition Period

Guided reading experiences are introduced while students are still mastering foundational skills.

Independent or
Assigned Reading

Students practice their acquired literacy skills with scaffolded digital lessons that promote deeper thinking, understanding, and comprehension of the books they read, including the most popular student and teacher choices.

Intrinsic Motivation

Once reading becomes its own reward, students are motivated by new and interesting characters, settings, and situations they visualize with their mind’s eye. They are forever empowered by deeper thinking and a personal discovery of knowledge.

Waterford.org partners with families, districts, educators, and communities to help every child build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

Teacher Tools, Resources, and Support

We know you work tirelessly to provide the best education possible for your students, and Waterford supports teachers every step of the way with professional learning and on-site coaching to understand and use program data.

We deliver both proactive and reactive support throughout the year and coaching to develop and execute the perfect school implementation.

Teacher Resources:

  • +8,000 digital learning activities
  • Direct instruction
  • Assessments, books, and songs
  • Lesson plans
  • Instructional videos
  • Content you can customize and share
  • Parent newsletter

Professional Coaching:

  • Help decipher and implement data
  • Optimize usage
  • Customize implementation
  • Train on new features

Small-Group and Whole-Group Instruction

  • Interactive whiteboard compatible
  • +1,500 intervention playlists

Waterford Reading Academy Outcomes

Higher test scores from students who truly love to read and to learn.

Equipped teachers who know which action to take in the right moment.

Equipped teachers who know which action to take in the right moment.

Waterford.org & ESSA: Evidence-Based Research

Waterford software has been formally assessed in a variety of schools and districts of varying size, location, and socioeconomic status, and results are consistent in supporting the software’s considerable effectiveness. “The consistency of the research results, both within and between studies, is striking.”

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Summary of Alignment

Waterford Software Found to Have a Significant Impact on Early Literacy Gains

Waterford UPSTART, which uses the same early learning software as Waterford Reading Academy, was evaluated against high-quality preschool programs in Utah to determine their effectiveness on early literacy. The study shows that children who use Waterford software at home before starting kindergarten showed positive gains, even when compared to children enrolled in high-quality public and private preschools. The study also found that those Waterford children showed similar gains in social-emotional development compared to their peers in high-quality preschools.

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Longitudinal Study: Waterford Kindergarten-Readiness Program

In an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of Waterford curriculum, the same used in Waterford Reading Academy, as a kindergarten‑readiness program, results showed that the program significantly increased literacy skills—especially among at-risk populations. Data from the five years shows that the gains last beyond kindergarten.

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Waterford & Goose Creek CISD

Waterford.org researched the effects of its early learning curriculum with Goose Creek elementary students. This study measured the longitudinal impact on the literacy skills of children who used Waterford curriculum from kindergarten to second grade. The results indicated significant literacy gains across the board for Waterford users, including at-risk and dual language learning students.

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Testimonial

Waterford is proud of its ongoing partnership with Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) in northern Texas. Early in 2018, the district began implementing the kindergarten readiness program, Waterford UPSTART, to help children learn essential reading skills before they ever enter public school to ensure every child has a fair start.

The district also uses the same Waterford software in their elementary schools to build on literacy skills gained from Waterford UPSTART. Leading the efforts in Wichita Falls are Superintendent Michael Kuhrt and Dr. Travis Armstrong, Director of Early Learning in the district.

Waterford Mentor is an exclusive and unique parent engagement app that is compatible with all Waterford programs.

Waterford Mentor delivers updates and messages directly to the parent’s smartphone, including usage data, progress toward program goals, learning achievements, and suggestions for offline and supplemental learning activities.

Learn more about Waterford Mentor
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