This second edition of The Noodle Markets Report, which ran exclusively on Education Week, studies the landscape of K-3 English/Language Arts curriculum products (both core and supplemental) and their impacts on student achievement.
Unlike our analysis of K-3 math curriculum, our findings suggest that district K-3 ELA purchases did not modify the impact of socioeconomic level on achievement in a significant way. Still, there is substantial product selection variation among districts of all types. Notably, low-achieving districts across the socioeconomic spectrum spent 50% more per student than middle and high-achieving districts.
The Noodle Markets Report is a monthly analysis of K-12 purchasing data, exploring market trends and possible impacts of curriculum and instructional resources. With support from SmartProcure, Noodle Markets examines thousands of lines of purchase orders, assessment data, and demographic information.
- Socioeconomic status continues to be a predictor for K-3 English/Language Arts achievement.
- There is variation in product usage among districts, across district socioeconomic status.
- Product selection did not appear to moderate the impact of socioeconomic level on achievement.
- Low-achieving districts across the socioeconomic spectrum spent 50% more per student than middle and high-achieving districts.