Curriculum Ladders – Primary Reading (Common Core)

These documents are based on NWEA’s Primary Grades Instructional Data. The numbers on the ladders indicate RIT scores, which the students receive on NWEA’s MAP for Primary Grades assessment.

The ladders visually demonstrate how math and reading skills increase in complexity, allowing teachers and parents to better identify the skills each child is ready to learn now and what each child may be ready for next.

Foundational Skills: Phonics and Word Recognition


Foundational Skills: Phonological Awareness


Foundational Skills: Print Concepts


Informational Text: Key Ideas, Details, Craft, Structure


Literature: Key Ideas, Details, Craft, Structure


Vocabulary Use and Function: Language: Context Clues and References


Vocabulary Use and Function: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use


Language and Writing: Capitalize, Spell, Punctuate


Language and Writing: Grammar and Usage


Language and Writing: Purpose, Plan, Develop, Edit



Blank Curriculum Ladder Template




Material from DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning and Primary Grades Instructional Data is provided by courtesy of Northwest Evaluation Association and may not be republished, rewritten, or redistributed. All rights reserved.