Asset-Based Access to English

Print + Digital • Grades K-6

Build Knowledge, Language, and Literacy

Introducing a new K-6 English Language Development program to promote language learning.

  • Unit topics align to Benchmark Advance to ensure seamless support for core instruction.
  • Reviews K-2 foundational skills for application in context.
  • Students learn how English works through explicit grammar and syntax lessons.
  • Aligns to multiple language proficiency standards.
  • Leverages culture and first language knowledge and fosters learner agency. 

Consumable, interactive student books provide access to complex, content-rich core texts amplified with visual support and scaffolded for language development. 

  • Vertically aligned topic-based units integrate social studies, science, and literary texts.
  • Various text types engage students to build knowledge as they develop language and reading fluency.
  • Amplified texts provide enhanced visual support and text chunking for scaffolding to grade-level complex texts.
  • Opportunities occur daily to practice and apply language skills across reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Vocabulary cards help build, teach, and reinforce vocabulary.

  • Comprehensible input is provided.
  • Words and phrases come directly from weekly lessons.
  • Meaning making and language practice is supported.

Grades K-1: 615 cards

Grades 2-6: 120 cards

Program Guide offers a program overview and information for implementation, including:

  • Program components
  • Instructional strategies
  • Assessments
  • Pacing suggestions

Teacher's Resource System provides a clear, consistent approach to English language development.

  • Scaffolded instruction in each lesson is effectively and systematically differentiated across language proficiency levels.
  • Instructional practices promote student agency and learner autonomy, including metacognitive and metalinguistic strategies.
  • Students learn how language works through explicit grammar and syntax lessons.
  • Writing instruction is provided in context to teach and guide students through writing to sources.

Print and digital vocabulary cards build understanding and proficiency with new vocabulary and offer:

  • Detailed instructional routines
  • Quick vocabulary review
  • Knowledge-extending activities

Online assessments are formatted like standardized exams and provide teachers with progress-monitoring opportunities. PDF assessments are available on Benchmark Universe.

Unit assessments monitor students’ progress across the language acquisition continuum and inform instruction.

Three Interim Assessments monitor progress toward grade-level language expectations with question types and formats that mirror high-stakes assessments.

Unit videos offer a high-interest multimedia introduction to each unit of study.

Knowledge-building Sing, Swing, and Learn songs (for Grades K-2) help build students’ knowledge and oral vocabulary. Students participate through singing, movement, and dance.

Sentence starters and language frames are provided to facilitate expressing, clarifying, and building ideas.

Home Connection Letters inform and support family and caregivers to discuss and extend students’ learning at home. The letters include information on what skills are being taught and what activities can be done at home to build on the skills learned in class.

The Multilingual Glossary provides image support, definitions, and sample sentences for all explicitly taught words in the program. Words, definitions, and sample sentences are translated and read aloud in twelve world languages to support English Learners acquiring academic vocabulary.

  • Fully interactive and customizable eBooks engage students for digital or in-person instruction and provide opportunities for all students to experience deep, meaningful reading experiences.
  • High-quality, curated texts use science, social studies, literary topics to build knowledge.
  • Texts and teacher support materials are organized through an easy-to-use filtering system, allowing users to find standard-specific resources instantly.
  • Customizable pages enable teachers to embed videos, create graphic organizers, and track student progress.
  • Annotation tools empower students to highlight and underline text, add virtual sticky notes, and write in the margins, increasing comprehension and building the reading/writing connection.
  • eBooks feature audio narration accompanied by word-by-word highlighted text to assist striving readers.

Benchmark Hello!

Print + Digital • Grades 3-5+

Build Language, Boost Confidence, and Ensure Readiness

A Comprehensive Newcomer Program for Recent Arrivals

Benchmark Hello! provides:

  • Academic support to attain need-to-know basics and fundamental English
  • Structures for engaging students in academic conversations
  • Meaningful integration of culture and primary language
  • Flexibility designed to meet a variety of implementation models

Advance ALL

Print + Digital • Grades 2-6 

Engaging topic sets feature scaffolds for literacy and language development that:

  • Align with each Steps to Advance unit
  • Provide an accelerated introduction to grade-level text
  • Develop language and comprehension
  • Provide scaffolds to complex text


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Virtual Samples

Experience Express! with virtual samples of program components and ordering support.

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