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Elementary Reading Program

Harford County implements a comprehensive reading and language arts program designed to meet the instructional needs of our students. The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Program occurs daily across all kindergarten and first grade classrooms. This research-based program is aligned to the essential early literacy skills in phonological awareness.

11 elementary schools are currently piloting the Benchmark Education program. These schools are Abingdon, Church Creek, Deerfield, Forest Hill, Forest Lakes, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne, Magnolia, North Bend, and Old Post Road elementary schools.

Reading Instructions at HCPS
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade

Early Reading Screenings

Harford County administers early reading screeners, and formative and diagnostic assessments in order to match students to the program that will best meet their needs and provide a strong foundation in all areas of early literacy. DIBELS 8th edition is the current early screener being utilized by our district. Students in grades K-3 are required by law to be screened for reading difficulties.

Resources for Parents
  • September - October
  • January - February
  • April - June

Reading Intervention Programs for Elementary School Students

Harford County believes in a muli-tiered system of support. Along with our core reading program, The Units of Study in Phonics, Reading and Writing, we implement the following Tier II and Ill programs: Wilson Fundations, Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS), Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), lstation, and Orton Gillingham Plus. Students read a variety of text, such as: decodables, emergent story books, fiction and nonfiction leveled readers, and early chapter books.

Parent Resources for Dyslexia