The newest generation of Reading Horizons Discovery pairs multisensory methods with a new tech-enabled delivery system to help educators deliver effective instruction based in the science of reading. Engaging, accessible, and grade-specific lessons guide students toward mastery of foundational reading skills.

Actionable feedback is immediately available to inform instruction, building student confidence and momentum on the journey to proficient reading, while a simplified scope and sequence support mastery through integrated phonics and phonemic awareness. Small-group and differentiated instruction are a breeze, thanks to automatic grouping of students based on knowledge. Suggested extension and intervention lessons, as well as training videos embedded in each lesson, reduce teacher prep time.

Formats/platforms used:

Reading Horizons Discovery is available via any web-enabled device.

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Problem solved:

Rooted in the science of reading, Reading Horizons Discovery helps teachers deliver highly effective instruction in foundational literacy skills to grow proficient readers.

Age/grade range:

Reading Horizons Discovery is designed for use in grades K–3.

Core or supplemental:

Reading Horizons Discovery is a supplemental literacy curriculum and features wraparound professional development and resources.


Reading Horizons Discovery is a reading curriculum and is aligned to state standards and the Common Core State Standards.

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Lesson time needed:

The recommended lesson time for Reading Horizons Discovery is 30-40 minutes each day.

Pricing model:

Traditionally they have used a site license pricing model. They also have a special per instructor/student option which would be more beneficial for smaller sites.

What makes Discovery unique?

Reading Horizons Discovery is a turnkey program featuring everything educators need to provide high-quality foundational reading instruction rooted in the science of reading.

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Reading Horizons Discovery was intentionally designed to be customer-centric by involving users of the old version to inform evaluations of early prototypes through surveys, interviews, focus groups, and user testing. This co-creative experience helped the product be tuned-in to customer problems, and resulted in the creation of an intuitive user-interface that focuses on providing teachers with what’s important, what’s next, and what the impact was on their students. The daily teacher instructional cycle is built into the product to:

● Prepare the teacher for instruction;

● Assist teachers in establishing the learning objective and delivering instruction;

● Assess student learning;

● Provide differentiation recommendations and resources to fill in student gaps; and

● Inform classroom mastery-based progression.

The student software experience provides:

● Automatic checks to provide teachers with data to inform instruction and mastery;

● Retrieval and interleaving practice of past and current skills;

● Feedback during skill activities to allow for students to learn and improve through practice; and

● Gamification to lower stakes and decrease student anxiety around assessments.

The teacher and student journey through the product was intentionally mapped to reduce the learning curve to be successful with all of the necessary Reading Horizons resources.

Here’s what users are saying:

“It gives me immediate feedback and immediate data. The data is there as soon as the Skill Checks are done, and I’m able to plan my instruction according to the data.”

—Pilot user Crystal Champion, a first-grade teacher in North Carolina

“Reading Horizons Discovery will allow me to save time. With only one press of a button on the iPad, everything is available without having to search through numerous computer programs. It’s a teacher’s dream.”

—Pilot user Heather Henry, a first-grade teacher in Alabama

“Reading Horizons Discovery has completely changed my way of thinking when teaching reading. It has really helped my kids look at words in a different way. This year I have already begun to see great things happening with my first-graders.”

—Pilot user Natalie Freeburg, a first-grade teacher in Wyoming