Reading Is an Art and a Science.

The ability to read, and read well, opens up doors academically, professionally, and personally. We know that learning to read is not a natural process, yet watching a child fluently read a book he or she loves is nothing short of a work of art. Fortunately, how children learn to read, and best practices for teaching reading, are some of the most studied aspects of human learning. The science of reading has established that there are critical elements of reading instruction that when delivered in a systematic and explicit manner, result in reading proficiency (Vaughn, 2020).

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23% of third graders with below-basic reading skills do not graduate high school by age 19.
82% of sixth graders who failed an English class did not go on to graduate high school.
70% more math and science questions are answered correctly by students with strong reading skills.
quote by Nancy Winship

Learning to Read: Applying the Science

Learning to Read: Applying the Science

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  2. Cromley, J. G. “Reading achievement and science proficiency: International comparisons from the Programme on International Student Assessment,” Reading Psychology 30, no. 89 (2009): 89-118.
  3. Hernandez, D. J. “Double jeopardy: How third-grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation.” Baltimore, MD: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012.