Science of Reading

Skilled Reading for Every Child

Putting the Science of Reading to Work

Decades of research have proven that teaching children to read is an art and a science, leading to the emergence of the Science of Reading movement. Thousands of international, interdisciplinary scientific and educational studies have pinpointed what—and, crucially, how—we must teach children who are learning to read. The resulting evidence forms the foundation of reading science: 

  • Humans are not hardwired to read the way we are to speak. Children must be explicitly taught to decipher the "code," beginning with foundational skills: Phonological Awareness, the ability to recognize the individual sounds of spoken language and Phonics, the association of those sounds with the letters that represent them on the page. 
  • To build fluency, Phonics lessons should be followed by reading decodable texts that connect to the student’s recently acquired skills. 
  • These foundational skills do not compose the entirety of an evidence-based reading initiative, but they lay essential groundwork for building subsequent skills that interweave word recognition and language comprehension to realize skilled reading for all students.

i-Ready: Aligned with the Science of Reading

Learn about the science behind i-Ready Assessment and Personalized Instruction.

PHONICS for Reading: Research-Based Intervention

Discover how PHONICS for Reading helps students in Grades 3+ build foundational skills.

Learn More about Our English Language Arts (ELA) Programs

At Curriculum Associates, we believe all children can become skilled readers with the help of explicit, systematic evidence-based literacy instruction. These beliefs are at the core of all our ELA programs, which can each be used to meet a specific need as part of your core ELA program. The following learning tools were built to align with the core principles of the Science of Reading. 

i-Ready Assessment

Provides tools to pinpoint student strengths and areas of need and measures proficiency of on-grade-level standards

i-Ready Personalized Instruction

Delivers engaging online Grades K–8 lessons guided by iReady Assessment data that motivates students on their paths to proficiency and growth

Phonics for Reading

A research-based reading intervention program by Dr. Anita Archer that provides explicit phonics instruction to older students in Grades 3+ who need support in decoding

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