What is the Science of Reading?

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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Why the Science of Reading Matters

of third graders with below-basic reading skills do not graduate high school by age 19.1
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of sixth graders who failed an English class did not go on to graduate high school.2
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more math and science questions are answered correctly by students with strong reading skills.3
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  1. Balfanz, R., L. Herzog, & D. Mac Iver. “Preventing student disengagement and keeping students on the graduation path in urban middle-grades schools: Early identification and effective interventions,” Educational Psychologist 42, no. 4 (2007): 223-235.
  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.