The Settled Science of Teaching Reading

White Paper: The Settled Science of Teaching Reading

Educators have been discussing the “right” way to teach reading for decades, but in spite of the current discussions, the science on this instructional issue is settled. Castles, Rastle, & Nation (2018) lay out that there is a clear progression to effective literacy instruction.

In this white paper, we engage meaningfully with what the research says, offer informed guidance, and explore various instructional considerations, including the importance of explicit and systematic decoding instruction, the most effective format for phonics instruction, the role of comprehension and the ways in which students build a body of knowledge, and the connection between research and classroom practice.


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