Northern California’s Largest K-12 School District Selects Voyager Sopris Learning’s Curriculum Solution

Posted on May 5, 2016

  • Literacy
VSL News
DALLAS, Texas and ELK GROVE, Calif., May 5, 2016 – Elk Grove Unified School District, the largest K-12 school district in northern California, has adopted LANGUAGE® Live California, a comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum from Voyager Sopris Learning® for 7-12 grade intervention. Provider of evidence-based preK-12 instructional solutions and professional services, Voyager Sopris Learning designed its curriculum solution to specifically help struggling adolescent readers and writers achieve grade-level reading expectations.

The LANGUAGE! Live California adoption follows an extensive review process and three-month pilot program within the district, which directly compared the solution’s success against that of leading competitors. LANGUAGE! Live has been shown to significantly improve student performance while meeting the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the California ELA/ELD Framework.

Located in southern Sacramento County, Elk Grove Unified School District serves more than 62,000 students in 65 schools. The state’s fifth largest K-12 school district, covering more than 320 square miles, lies in one of California’s most diverse areas where students speak more than 88 languages and dialects.

“Elk Grove Unified School District is a progressive leader in K-12 education,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Voyager Sopris Learning. “We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Elk Grove Unified School District in strengthening ELA/ELD instruction throughout the district. Having recently completed a highly successful pilot program, we’re excited to see the power of LANGUAGE! Live California extended district-wide.”

Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman noted, “We know that if students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade, they’re far more likely to graduate and go on to be successful compared to their peers who are reading below grade level. Our investment in LANGUAGE! Live is our commitment to help all of our struggling students build the necessary literacy skills to ensure the same post-high school opportunities as their peers.

LANGUAGE! Live California blends the best of online instruction with the important aspects of teacher-directed instruction to empower struggling learners and close the reading and writing gap. Proven effective with a wide range of student populations, and meeting the California CCSS and the California ELA/ELD Framework, LANGUAGE! Live ensures:

  • accelerated learning;
  • intensive instruction of foundational skills; and
  • exposure to grade-equivalent standards, text and vocabulary to move students to reading independence.

LANGUAGE! Live is built on nearly two decades of research and was developed by Dr. Louisa Moats, an internationally renowned literacy expert; lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional development; author of numerous journal articles, books, and instructional materials; and a past vice president of the International Dyslexia Association.

To read detailed results, take an interactive tour, and watch videos of LANGUAGE! Live California in action, visit


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 13 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.

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About Voyager Sopris Learning

Voyager Sopris Learning™ is an education partner committed to unlocking the full potential of every teacher and every student. We believe that the best way to meet and exceed standards in education is to address the underlying systems of teaching and learning, and to nurture those systems at their most fundamental levels. Our suite of instructional and service solutions is based not only in research but also in real classroom evidence, ensuring that every solution is as easy-to-implement and teacher-friendly as it is effective. We offer a variety of digital and blended instructional tools and assessments, as well as professional development and school improvement services, all of which are designed to help every teacher deliver nothing short of the highest-quality instruction to every student. Voyager Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas.

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Media Contacts:

Ileana Rowe

[for Voyager Sopris Learning]
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Xanthi Pinkerton
Director of Communications
Elk Grove Unified School District

Investor Contact:
Barbara Benson
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

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