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25+ Science of Reading Resources

Updated: 4 days ago

As a parent or teacher, you may have heard of The Science of Reading. Perhaps you'd like to better understand what research, resources, and tools are available to support your students in reading. Here you will find a list of some of the resources we share with families and colleagues who wish to know more about literacy, reading, and dyslexia.

What Is the Science of Reading?

The Science of Reading is a body of empirical research that has been developed over the past 50 years integrating studies in neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive science, education, and psychology to help us better understand how our brains learn to read.

"The “Science of Reading” is a phrase representing the accumulated knowledge about reading, reading development, and best practices for reading instruction obtained by the use of the scientific method," Petscher et al. 2020

The Current State of Reading Achievement in the United States

It is helpful to understand the history of reading instruction in the United States in order to understand why it is critical to implement curriculum instruction based in Structured Literacy for all of our students.

Since 1969, the National Center on Education Statistics has been publishing the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Learn more about the history of the Nation's Report Card HERE.

In 2019, the percentage of fourth-grade public school students performing at or above the NAEP Proficient level in reading was 34 percent nationally. Across the states/jurisdictions, the percentage of public school fourth-graders performing at or above NAEP Proficient in reading ranged from 24 percent to 49 percent. View the 2022 NAEP Reports HERE.

There are many factors related to the lack of appreciable improvement in reading outcomes, including yet not limited to:

  • Instruction and curriculum not aligned with science

  • Failure to properly screen PreK-2nd graders for dyslexia, dyscalculia, and developmental coordination disorder

  • Increasing ELL learners who require, yet may not receive, systematic & explicit instruction

  • Diminished implementation of phonological & morphological interventions in PreK-2nd grade

  • Diminished access to developmental preschool and kindergarten

  • An over-emphasis on teaching to the test

  • The growing divide between students of wealth and students in poverty

  • Declines in physical activities that support sensory, fine, and gross motor development

  • Diminished access to high-quality sleep & nutrition

  • Students of color continue to lag behind Caucasians and Asians due to historical inequity, poverty, underfunded schools, and diminished opportunities for language, arts, and math.

A Few Concepts to Consider

Reading, writing, and math do not come naturally, evolutionarily. Humans are agricultural beings we were designed to roam, forage and feed our young. We were not designed to read, write, and compute.

For many students reading, writing and math require explicit, systematic, and developmentally progressive instruction.

The reading code in English is a complex melding of middle English, Anglo-Saxon and Latin influences with inconsistent oral, grammatical and syntactic structure. This leads to a language with inconsistent rules which for many, must be explicitly taught, Learn more here.

For the 10-12% of students with weaknesses in phonological awareness, learning to read will not occur simply by providing text-rich environments. These students require explicit systematic phonological instruction to develop the pathways in the brain that map sounds to letters and print.

Research shows that it is more effective to intervene early, prior to first grade, to ameliorate phonological deficits. The longer we wait, the harder it is for the student. Deliberate, frequent, distributed practice in oral awareness, phonological awareness, and sound manipulation is needed.

The great news is that explicit, systematic phonological awareness instruction leads to more easily understood phonics and morpheme manipulation for all readers not just those with dyslexia. In dyslexia, the key is to move to letter-sound awareness and orthographic mapping as soon as oral awareness and phonological awareness skills are mastered.

Note: "Most research has suggested that dyslexia can be said to affect 3–10% of the population, depending on the exclusionary criteria and the specific cut-offs that are used for its diagnosis (Peterson & Pennington, 2015). Many studies have found that dyslexia is under substantial genetic influence, with heritability estimates typically varying between 50 and 60% (Grigorenko, 2004; Olson & Byrne, 2005; Pennington & Olson, 2005)", Brimo et al., 2021).

It's important to note that many strengths have been associated with the dyslexic brain. Dyslexia carries with it skills in reasoning, entrepreneurship, leadership, material, and dynamic reasoning. See Dyslexic Advantage and Made by Dyslexia for more information.

Below you will find clickable links so that you may dive into SoR, Structured Literacy, and dyslexia more thoroughly.

I. Science of Reading (SoR)

  1. The Reading League Book List (Click on Recommended Books on the left under Knowledge Base)

  2. Sold a Story - Hanford

  3. Teacher Prep in SoR Program Review - National Council on Teacher Quality, 2020

  4. Reading Guide Grades 4-9 - Institute for Education Sciences, 2022

  5. The Science of Reading - Laura Stewart The Reading League

II. Dyslexia Screening & Assessment

Dyslexia Screening with Dr. Nadine Gaab (Video)

III: Classroom Tools & Resources

IV: Book List

Reading in the Brain - Dehane

Language at the Speed of Sight - Seidenberg

Climbing THE LADDER OF READING & WRITING Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners - Young & Hasbrouck

Speech to Print - Moats

Proust and the Squid - Wolf

Know Better, Do Better - Liben

The Knowledge Gap - Wexler

The Art & Science of Teaching Primary Reading - Such

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04 janv. 2023

Do you recommend any student workbook for phonics review

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