The Critical Need for Effective Foundational Literacy
Percent of grade 4 students who met grade-level proficiency in reading in 2019.
Grade by which students who aren’t proficient readers are more likely to experience academic difficulty.
Source: Chiang, et al., 2017
1 in 6
children who aren’t reading proficiently in grade 3 will not graduate from high school on time.
Source: Institute of Education Sciences
What is the science of reading?
More than 5 decades of peer-reviewed research from the fields of educational psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience contribute to our understanding of how children learn to read and what instructional approaches are most effective.
Scientific evidence shows that students need strong language comprehension skills, word recognition skills, and bridging skills to read successfully. Because reading skills do not develop naturally, learners must be explicitly taught these skills in a systematic manner.
Language comprehension skills include:
- Content knowledge
- Text structures
- Verbal reasoning
- Language structure
- Theory of mind
Word recognition skills include:
- Alphabetical principle
- Phonological awareness
- Phonemic awareness
- Sight word recognition
Bridging skills include:
- Print awareness
- Reading fluency
- Vocabulary knowledge
- Morphological awareness
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