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The science of reading: research and resources

Explore the latest evidence, insights from thought leaders, and our new guide to real-world implementation.

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What is the science of reading?

The science of reading is a dynamic body of convergent evidence that informs effective instruction in all areas of literacy development.

Unlock the power of literacy with evidence-aligned instruction

Contrary to popular belief, learning to read isn’t a natural process. The science of reading builds on thousands of studies which confirm an explicit, systematic approach to literacy instruction is critical for student success. Today, schools from New York to Texas are putting this science into practice.

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Introducing the Science of Reading 2.0

The next generation of the science of reading connects research about reading and learning to help educators implement effective literacy instruction. Unlock the power of literacy for your students with this easy-to-use guide.

The science of reading, explained

Learn about the two proven aspects of reading success—word recognition and language comprehension—and the science of implementation.

Principles of effective literacy instruction

Discover the 10 trusted steps for bringing effective instruction to your students, combining methods from the “I do, we do, you do model” with Rosenshine’s principles of instruction.

Stories from the field

Get inspiration from other educators, with real-world case studies about the impact of the science of reading in classrooms around the country.

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Explore the evidence

Designed with guidance from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), our efficacy studies meet the highest standards.

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A quick view of our evidence

Learn more about our research validations and third-party, independent research in schools across the United States.

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A summary of our research

Explore the evidence behind our trusted, proven literacy solutions, all part of the One95™ Literacy Ecosystem.

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Laura Stewart

Delivering on the promise of education starts with the mastery of the most fundamental skill—the ability to read. Literacy is the foundation of every student’s learning journey and future success. Of equal importance, reading can bring immense joy to life.

Laura Stewart


Chief Academic Officer
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Putting reading research into practice

Today, we know a great deal about what works in reading instruction thanks to the science of reading. But our work as educators doesn’t end there—effective implementation is essential. Implementation science bridges the gap between research and real-world practice, providing insight on how to realize literacy success.

Evidence-aligned resources

Enhance outcomes with the right instructional materials, at the right time, backed by high-quality research.

Instructional practices

Follow best practices for literacy instruction to help students stay engaged, develop new skills, and become independent readers.

Strategic coaching

Provide feedback and support to help educators build knowledge, confidence, and instructional ability.

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Frequently asked questions

Here are the two top questions educators ask as they begin their science of reading journey. Explore our FAQ page or get in touch for more information. We are here to help you.

How does the science of reading help students learn to read?

The science of reading is the current body of evidence on how children learn to read. A structured literacy approach, based in the science of reading, is the best approach for nearly all children. The evidence we have is consistent and overwhelming: we know that explicit and systematic phonics instruction typically leads to better outcomes in learning to read.

What does the science of reading replace in education today?

It replaces reading practices and theories—such as three cueing, balanced literacy, and whole-language instruction—that have been proven false. For example, there was a pervasive concept that children should use pictures or context to guess at an unknown word. That is not an effective and efficient route to word recognition; utilizing decoding, however, is an efficient and effective route to word recognition. Another pervasive and persistent idea is that there are hundreds of ways to learn to read, and no set of instructional principles that will be the most effective for most children. These are just not true, and the science of reading has helped to shine a light on that.

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Science of reading resources for today

Learn more with real-world success stories, expert insights, practical tips for implementation, and more.

Structured Literacy Resources

The importance of teaching foundational reading skills

Discover how foundational reading skills lay the groundwork for a lifetime of literacy success. Learn from 95 Percent Group’s literacy experts.

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Structured Literacy Resources

How to help a child with dyslexia read

One of the most important steps in making sure children with dyslexia receive effective reading instruction is understanding these two truths: reading well with dyslexia is challenging and also very possible. The International Dyslexia Association speculates that about 15-20% of the population shows signs of dyslexia–though many will never have a diagnosis. Teaching reading to students with dyslexia means focusing on instruction that is structured, sequential, and highly multisensory in order to increase the chance of retention.

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Science of reading archives

Science of reading informed strategies

95%

of students can learn to read with high-quality, evidence-aligned instruction.

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Structured Literacy Resources

The science of reading, structured literacy, balanced literacy: What’s what?

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One95 Literacy Ecosystem
One95 literacy ecosystem

Reading improvement based in evidence: Discover the One95 Literacy Ecosystem

We now know that 95 percent or more of children can learn how to read with high-quality, evidence-aligned literacy instruction. The time for urgency in literacy instruction is now. Our One 95™ Literacy Ecosystem™ offers aligned and consistent instructional materials across all tiers of instruction, and professional learning to support educators—all backed by the science of reading and rigorous efficacy studies. Read on to learn more.

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One solution for literacy instruction

Based on the science of reading and backed by nearly two decades of research, the One95™ Literacy Ecosystem is proven to advance reading skills in students from diverse backgrounds, grades, and abilities.

It integrates evidence-aligned products and professional learning resources into one cohesive system for instruction across tiers—so you’re ready and able to help every child realize their reading potential.

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One solution for literacy instruction

95%


or more of students can learn to read with high-quality, evidence-based instruction.

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Build your expertise

Improve your instructional practices, get support through ongoing coaching, or attend an upcoming workshop or webinar with experts in the Science of Reading.

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60%

of elementary teachers have never been trained in strategies for teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension (EAB Report on Literacy).

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