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A Scientific Approach to Developing Skilled Readers
What Is the Science of Reading?
The term Science of Reading refers to the entire collection of scientific research on how humans read and learn to read.
It is an international, interdisciplinary field of study more than 50 years old that continues to expand to this day. Numerous fields such as biology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics each offer nuanced perspectives to inform our understanding of effective reading development.
Decades of research have proven that:
Learning to read is not a natural process like learning to speak.
Although exposure to books and read alouds may be enough for some students to eventually learn how to read, most students will require explicit and systematic reading instruction.
Foundational skills are critical to cracking the code of written language. Reading research also tells us that effective reading instruction involves more than just teaching phonics.
Putting Scientific Evidence to Work in Reading Instruction
Curriculum and instruction informed by select findings from reading research can be described as aligned with/based on/informed by the Science of Reading. These resources help bridge science to instruction and support teachers in making an educational impact on students in the classroom.
Understand the Research
What is the Science of Reading?
What does the Science of Reading reveal about how people learn to read?
What is the difference between the Science of Reading and Science of Reading instruction?
What Does the Science of Reading Look Like in Practice?
Translating the Science of Reading into action within your classroom can yield life-changing upsides: efficient use of instructional time, visibility into student progress, and affirmation in your impact.
Teachers are the experts and champions when it comes to blending the art and science of how evidence turns into practice in the classroom. Teach with assurance in your impact by staying informed through professional learning.
Assessment data serves as the launch pad for instruction. Insight into what students already know and what they don’t know enables the thorough and efficient use of instructional time.
Systematic and Explicit Instruction
Developing readers benefit when systematic and explicit instruction provides clarity on concrete steps necessary for progression across increasingly complex skills and strategies.
Students are as different as the books within your classroom. Differentiating instruction acknowledges and accommodates diverse learning needs, helping each individual reach and exceed their potential.
Classroom Ready Resources
Engaging with a variety of complex and appropriately challenging grade-level texts allows students to push the pace of their growth.
Create a Love of Reading with Curriculum Built on the Science of Reading
Learning to read is an essential skill that unlocks many doors in education. As instruction across all subject areas—including mathematics and science—comes to depend more heavily on reading skills, supporting students to close the achievement gap is more critical now than ever before.
Curriculum Associates provides research-backed, high-quality instruction grounded in the Science of Reading to accelerate student reaching achievement for all Grades K–12 students.
How does a Science of Reading program improve teaching and learning?
Scientifically based reading programs connect not only what students should know about reading but also how they learn to read. They proactively prevent reading struggles and future learning deficits while contributing to overall student growth and achievement.
Does Curriculum Associates offer a Science of Reading-approved curriculum?
Evidence-backed findings from the body of reading research called the Science of Reading are at the core of all Curriculum Associates reading products. In states where legislation exists around the Science of Reading, we can help you find instruction and assessment programs that meet your state requirements.
What are the components of a Science of Reading curriculum?
The Science of Reading prescribes instruction for concepts such as word recognition, decoding, phonological awareness, and sight word recognition for younger students. As students' reading skills progress, instruction should build to more advanced concepts like language comprehension, vocabulary, background knowledge, language structures, literacy knowledge, and verbal reasoning.