Science of Reading Curriculum

We draw from the latest research on how best to teach kids to read

Make learning to read accessible for all

The way the brain learns to read is backed by decades of research. Our brains are hardwired to learn to speak, but not to read. Learning to read requires two things: decoding written words and comprehending what they mean. This requires explicit, systematic instruction and practice over time.

HMH® programs are aligned with the science of reading. Our evidence-based approach is grounded in phonemic awareness and phonics. We can help you find the right science of reading curriculum to meet your needs.

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Of fourth-graders and 34% of eighth-graders are proficient in reading, according to the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
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Of students who do not read proficiently by third grade end up failing to reach proficiency in future grades, according to research studies.
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Of teacher prep programs now teach the science of reading compared to 35% in 2013, according to a 2020 report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Our Philosophy

In 2000, the National Reading Panel report outlined five essential components of effective reading instruction for young children: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.




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Reading Success Pillars

Over the last 20 years, numerous factors have been identified as essential to literacy. That's why our programs build on the five pillars to form a more comprehensive approach to literacy that is supported by the use of data and integrated with SEL.

The essential elements of literacy include the five pillars along with:

  • Background knowledge
  • Writing
  • Language development
  • Social and emotional learning

Implement science of reading principles in your district.




Science of Reading: Programs Rooted in Research

HMH programs can help you implement scientifically based reading instruction that reaches every learner.




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HMH Into Reading® is the only K–6 literacy program that is differentiated by design to put students on a measured path to growth in reading and writing.

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System 44®, for students in Grades 3–12, delivers just-in-time intensive intervention and a supportive learning environment for the most challenged readers.

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Developed using the latest cognitive neuroscience, Read 180® can help students in Grades 3–12 gain up to two years average growth in one year.

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Saxon Phonics and Spelling was created to support educators in building a strong reading foundation for students in Grades K–2.

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The digital foundational reading program iRead® is designed to put all K–2 students on a predictable path to proficiency by Grade 3.

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Amira™, for students in Grades K–5, provides one-to-one reading practice and can deliver a reliable assessment of a child’s dyslexia risk in less than 10 minutes.

From Research to Practice

PD that helps you build proficient readers

The science of reading forms the core of our PD in reading instruction, combining the experience from decades of work in the field and the most up-to-date research on how to advance literacy.




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“The goal of reading and writing instruction in the early grades is to enable students to read with fluency and interest, and to write with clarity and voice.“

Francie Alexander Chief Research Officer, HMH

See how our science of reading programs can help your students thrive.

Featured Research
Science of Reading Resources
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    The Science of Reading: What Educators Should Know

    Dr. Nathan Clemens explains the science of reading and what forms of reading instruction are most effective, based on more than 40 years of high-quality research.

    Dr. Nathan Clemens
    Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin

    July 07, 2020

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    Structuring the Literacy Block

    The most productive literacy block schedules include various reading and writing activities and instruction to help build foundational skills.

    Francie Alexander
    Chief Research Officer, HMH

    October 04, 2021

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